Welcome to Danescourt Primary School
Croeso i Ysgol Gynradd Danescourt

Thinking Skills at Danescourt Primary

Take a look at our Thinking Skills Leaflet which summarises our approach to Thinking Skills at Danescourt Primary School.

DPS Thinking Schools Leaflet

Examples of Maps used at Danescourt Primary School

Danescourt Primary - A Thinking School

We are a school who take thinking skills very seriously! We believe that giving pupils the tools to support their thinking enhances their learning progress, creativity and problem solving skills. Danescourt  Primary is part of the international network of 'Thinking Schools' and we hope to be recognised as a Thinking School by The University of Exeter this year.

We are focussing on a number of key Thinking Strategies in school and all pupils are introduced to these from their very early days in the school.

David Hyerle's Thinking Maps

These are a series of eight maps which help pupils to organise and develop their thinking. We teach pupils to use these in all areas of learning from the beginning of their school life. As our children become more confident in using the maps they select them for themselves to support their learning and thinking.

 

Debono's Thinking Hats

Another strategy we use to support our pupils developing thinking is Debono's Hats. This involves a series of six coloured hats- the colour of hat dictates the type of thinking! In a very simple way this teaches puplis to view situations and problem solving situations from a variety of view points and angles.

White Hat

Factual

Blue Hat

Thinking about Thinking

Black Hat

Negative

Red Hat

Feelings

Green Hat

Creativity

Yellow Hat

Positive

 

Habits of Mind

From their earliest days with us, we encourage our pupils to develop and practise positive attitudes to learning. These include;

Thinking together

Sometimes we learn better when we share ideas.

Stop and Think

Think before you act

Stick with it!

Don’t give up until you reach your goal!

Learning Forever

We keep learning through the whole of our lives!

Wow!

The world is an awesome place with so much to discover!

Good Risks!

Push yourself to try something new!