Glasllwch Primary School • Melbourne Way • Newport • NP20 3RH / 01633 266398 /

…Thinking School


Learn to think…
…Think to learn

Glasllwch Primary School is a learning community where Thinking Skills lie at the heart of effective teaching and learning. We are committed to providing all children with the opportunity to develop thinking strategies across the curriculum. We encourage all children to think reflectively, critically and creatively about their learning and to demonstrate independent and cooperative learning skills. Our approach to learning generates high levels of achievement, and excitement and enthusiasm for learning.

The staff of Glasllwch Primary School use a range of tools to support children’s learning; these include Thinking Maps and Habits of Mind.


Thinking Maps

Thinking Maps are a set of 8 visual tools used to teach universal thinking processes. They were originally devised by Dr David Hyerle. Thinking Maps are used for the explicit teaching of cognitive skills and can be transferred into all areas of the curriculum. At Glasllwch Primary School children from Reception through to Year 6 use Thinking Maps to support their learning.


Support your child’s learning by encouraging them to use Thinking Maps at home!


Habits of Mind

“Habits of Mind are the characteristics of what intelligent people do when they are confronted with problems, the resolutions of which are not immediately apparent.” Art Costa

The Habits of Mind are a collection of 16 dispositions identified by Professor Art Costa. A Habit of Mind is knowing how to behave intelligently. A Habit of Mind is knowing what to do when we are unsure or unclear of the next step or when we DON’T know the answer.

At Glasllwch Primary School we believe 21st century learning is not about gathering information but about knowing how to act on it, knowing what questions to ask of it and being able to think critically about its content and origin. The Habits of Mind give children the behaviours that shape effective inquiry and encourage independent learning.

In school your child will be encouraged to use the Habits of Mind to help them develop their capacity to learn across all elements of the curriculum. They may be awarded House Points or a Habits of Mind certificate in Celebration Assembly for demonstrating their capacity to learn.

The 16 Habits of Mind:

Persisting – Stick to it.

Thinking and communicating with clarity and precision – Be clear.

Managing impulsivity – Take your time.

Gathering data through all senses – Use your natural pathways.

Listening to others – with understanding and empathy – Understand others.

Creating, imagining, innovating – Try a different way.

Thinking flexibly – Look at it another way.

Responding with wonderment and awe – Have fun figuring itout.

Thinking about your thinking (metacognition) – Know your knowing.

Taking responsible risks – Venture out.

Striving for accuracy – Check it again.

Finding humour – Laugh a little.

Questioning and posing problems – How do you know?

Thinking interdependently – Learning with others.

Applying past knowledge to new situations – Use what you learn.

Remaining open to continuous learning – Learning from experiences.

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