Thinking Skills

Thinking Skills are a key aspect of our everyday learning at Little Hadham. We belong to the Thinking School Network through Exeter University and have recently gained accreditation as a nationally recognised 'Thinking School'. (see Accreditation Report)

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Already accredited with ‘Thinking Hats’ and ‘Thinking Maps’ training, we continue to use a variety of thinking strategies to encourage our children to develop their thinking skills. Thinkers’ Keys, Think – Pair - Share and Philosophy for Children (P4C) can be regularly seen in practice throughout the school.

If you would like to find out more about Thinking Skills, there are lots of websites to access. Here are just a few key ones to start with...

Thinking Hats

The White Hat

White Hat Think of white paper and computer printouts.  The White Hat, like paper, is concerned directly with data and information.

The Red Hat

Red Hat Think of a red fire in a grate.  Think of warmth.  The Red Hat is concerned with feelings, emotions and intuition.

The Yellow Hat

Yellow Hat Think of sunshine and optimism.  The Yellow Hat represents the logical, positive aspects of thinking.   The Yellow Hat looks for benefits and value.  The Yellow Hat looks for feasibility.

The Black Hat

Black Hat Think of a judge’s robes.  Judges are influential people, and they usually wear black.  The Black Hat is powerful, effective and an essential ingredient in the thinking process.  The role of the Black Hat is to point out the weaknesses in our thinking.  It highlights the points of caution, existing and potential downsides, and concerns.  This is one of the most useful hats, as it helps us make good decisions.

The Green Hat

Green Hat Think of vegetation and growth.  Think of natural energy.  Think of sprouting and branching.  The Green Hat is the “creativity” hat.

The Blue Hat

Blue Hat Think of  blue as the blue sky or overview.  The blue hat is concerned with “process control”.  The Blue Hat manages the thinking process itself.  With the Blue Hat, the thinker stands back and looks at the thinking that needs to take place or is taking place.  In psychological terms, the Blue Hat is concerned with “metacognition” (thinking about thinking).