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Thinking Tools

At New Horizons, we use a variety of Thinking Skills Tools to develop children’s metacognitionn and meta-memory and to support independence in their learning. This helps learners to become more aware of their own learning, and develop more responsibility which will give them the thinking skills to become life-long learners. These include: Thinking Maps, Thinking Hats and Q Matrix. These tools are designed to help our children to think more critically about their  learning, encourage ownership The Thinking Maps are an ideal tool  to organise their information and ideas and ultimately make connections that will help to further their understanding within a topic. Thinking Hats encourage children to analyse and question the work they have completed and decide what their next steps will be in their learning. The Q Matrix is a  is a set of question starters designed to develop higher-order thinking and to question the world around them.

Seeking context – Circle Map

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Thinking Process: Defining in context

Used for: Thought showers and for showing prior knowledge about a topic by providing context information.

Circle Map Examples

Sequencing – Flow Map

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Thinking Process: Sequencing, identifying stages in a process, identifying the stages and sub stages of an event (or order of numbers, operations, steps)

Used for: Sequencing and ordering information with major stages of an event and sub stages.

 

Flow Map Examples

Describing Attributes –  Bubble Map

Thinking Process: Describe qualities associated with a specific item, person, idea or event.

Used for: Developing pupils’ abilities to identify qualities and use descriptive words

 

Comparing and Contrasting – Double Bubble Map

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Thinking Process: Comparing and contrasting.

Used for: Identifying unique and common qualities.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Double Bubble Map Examples

 

Cause and Effcets of Events – Multi-Flow Map

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Thinking Process: Identifying interrelated causes and effects of events.

Used for: Showing and analysing reasons and impacts relationships.

 

Multi-Flow Map Examples

 

Physical Relationship – Brace Map

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Thinking Process: Structure analysis. Part-whole reasoning of physical objects and their parts.

Used for: Analysing physical objects.

 

Brace Map Examples

 

 

Classification – Tree Map

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Thinking Process: Categorising/ grouping/ classifying.

Used for: Classifying things and ideas.

 

 

 

 

Tree Map Examples

 

Creating and Interpreting Analogies – Bridge Map

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Thinking Process: Seeing analogies by identifying similarities between relationships.

Used for: Developing a deep understanding of concepts by selecting a relating factor which fits both sides of an analogy.

 

Bridge Map Examples

Thinking Hats

Hats poster

 

Q Matrix

Q matrix example