Being awarded ‘Thinking School’ accreditation is a status we value highly at Exeter a Learning Community. This aspect of our curriculum is separated into Habits of Mind, Philosophy for Children and Thinking Maps, the three are often interlinked.
Thinking Maps are a specific set of diagrams used throughout our classrooms, or "visual teaching tools that foster and encourage life-long learning," as well as tools that provide students with the skills to be "successful thinkers, problem solvers, [and] decision makers"
Habits of Mind
Educational outcomes in traditional settings focus on how many answers a student knows. When we teach for the Habits of Mind, we are interested also in how students behave when they don't know an answer.
There are 16 Habits of Mind that we introduce to the children from as young as Nursery all the way through to Year 6 in the hope that we develop a commonality of language throughout our school. The Habits of Mind are based on the principles of problem solving and life related skills necessary to succeed throughout education and real life situations.
Philosophy for Children
Or otherwise known as P4C, is an approach which allows children to create their own philosophical questions. We encourage children to use a range or question types with the hope they can begin to use ‘Higher Order Questioning’ and open up their minds and learning in non-conventional ways.