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The Cavendish School

The Cavendish School

Thinking Skills

We put Thinking Skills at the heart of our approach to teaching and learning.

Working with Educational Consultant Jane Simister, we have identified 17 Thinking Skills. We teach these explicitly in PSHCE (Personal, Social, Health and Citizenship Education) and they are implicit across our curriculum. In this way, we aim to prepare children for a future in which their academic ability will need to be matched by the ability to tackle and overcome the many and varied challenges that they will face throughout their lives.

Philosophy 4 Children

The P4C Programme is one of the School’s strategies for opening up children’s learning through enquiry and the exploration of ideas. Our teachers are trained by P4C in delivering this programme throughout the School.

P4C improves children’s critical, creative and rigorous thinking. It helps to develop higher order thinking skills, improve communication skills and helps children learn to co-operate with others. Children learn to reflect before speaking so that they can say what they really want to say with accuracy.

P4C helps children acquire the ability to:

  • concentrate
  • think beyond the obvious
  • listen and evaluate
  • form their own opinions

Children carry the skills they acquire in P4C through to all areas of the curriculum to great benefit.

More information about the P4C Programme can be found here.