Thinking Skills. Literacy and Numeracy

You might find these resources useful:

  • Thinking skills bingo – editable PowerPoint
  • Wordplay – Combining thinking skills, numeracy and literacy in one activity!

Take a look here:


The learning revolution?

How many of us agree with these ideas and theories?

I know that I do, but how do we go about putting this into practise when we are judged by the league tables which hold up A*-C grades in English and Maths as the pinacle, have to follow the national curriculum and need to make sure that all lessons show progress, have AfL strategies etc etc….

I know from my experiences this year of working with a group of year 7 students who find a traditional curriculum difficult to access, that they can flourish and develop a love of learning when given the opportunity to be creative, try new things, have fun and be children!

The child-driven education

Education scientist Sugata Mitra tackles one of the greatest problems of education — the best teachers and schools don’t exist where they’re needed most. In a series of real-life experiments from New Delhi to South Africa to Italy, he gave kids self-supervised access to the web and saw results that could revolutionize how we think about teaching

Some interesting points – is student lack of independence down to us spoon-feeding, worrying too much about delivering the content from the front? Is this a practical idea?

Thinking through Geography

In case you have not discovered it yet, let me recommend that you visit the Thinking through Geography website. There are a wide variety of resources that can be used in lessons to provide interest, opportunities for group work and to develop many of the skills outlined in the new PLTS framework.

The teachers resources section provides clear guidance on the use of 9 generic instructions, whilst the Pupil resources section provides a range of activities relating to topics such as flooding, climate and earthquake events.

The resources are ideal to use with AG&T students at KS3 or with some modification, with A*/A GCSE Geography students

PLTS posters

I don’t know about you, but I have found the PLTS posters difficult to use with students. I want to be able to refer to them as much as possible and make sure they are embedded in lessons. As a result, I have created a number of posters for display in the classroom. They range from single PLTS for display beside the aim on the whiteboard, to posters outlining the PLTS themselves and what they mean. See what you think. Hopefully, you and your students will find them useful.

For access to the range of PLTS posters I have produced, click on the scribd icon on the left hand side of the screen in the ‘My Documents’ section.

Please note that the layout of some of the posters looks a little jumbled or covers more than one page on screen. However, once downloaded, it sorts itself out.

Alternatively, click here


Exploratree & Enquiring Minds

Exploratree is a free web resource where you can acess a library of ready-made interactive thinking guides, print them, edit them or make your own. You can share them and work on them in groups too.

It provides a series of ready-made interactive ‘thinking guides’ or ‘frameworks’ which can support students’ projects and research. Thinking guides support the thinking or working through of an issue, topic or question and help to shape, define and focus an idea and also support the planning required to investigate it further.

With Exploratree you can:
Use our ready-made thinking guides
Make a new thinking guide from scratch
Use it to set class projects
Print them out (they can go as big as A0)
Change and customise thinking guides, you can add or change text, shapes, images etc.