The Learning CIC has a number of programme designed to support and develop Higher Order Thinking Skills and P4C
They are delivered as a range of bespoke activities, planned to suit the needs of individual children and groups.
They are delivered by using drama games and activities , group activities, discussion and personal reflection. They build on the core curriculum and presents in a way that finds resonance with that target audience.
Philospohy for Children…P4C
Building a community of Enquiry
- Sharing a story / artefact / music / picture / news article / song
- Discussing in pairs / groups
- Promotes higher order thinking skills
- Changes convergent thinking to divergent thinking
- Promotes problem solving skills
- Develops turn taking skills
Pupils are encouraged to put individual cases in a wider context and reflect on the group process and progress. They are able to think about their own thinking, knowledge and learning – METACOGNITION.
No Time for Small Talk? …Small Talk before Big Talk
Jason Buckley (firstname.lastname@example.org)
When did you last have a meeting where the very first thing you spoke about was the subject of the meeting?
A good rule to follow when you want effective dialogue in the classroom is to get the children talking about an unimportant question before you get them talking about the main topic.
Have them talk about nothing before talking about something.
If they are going to be doing their Big Talk in small groups or pairs, use those as the basis for your Small Talk too.
You can ask a trivial question which requires everyone in the group to speak in order to arrive at an answer.
Keep it crisp and short, and then tackle your Big Talk with greater energy, purpose and group identity.
- How many legs do your pets have in total?
- How many brothers and sisters have you got in total?
- Whose birthdays are closest together?
- Who has the youngest relative you know of?
- Who dislikes Brussels sprouts the most?
- Would you vote for two Sundays or two Saturdays?
- Would you vote for no TV or no internet?