Senior Management and Whole School Commitment

Thinking School - Head Teacher Statement

We aim to 'make cognitive education a priority' as stated in our Teaching and Learning Policy. This policy can be found on our website under the Teaching and Learning heading.

Governors Support Statement for Accreditation Mar 2017 (Draft).docx
Drive Team Members
Junior Drive Team - Web Page

Embracing the principals and procedures of cognitive education across the school

Critical Thinking

Math Puzzle Day

Creative Thinking

History Department Castle Project

Developing Aspirations

STEM Career Assembly

Developing A Common Visual Language

At Redden Court School, staff have been trained to use David Hyerle's 'Point Patterns'. These are visual tools that allow students to recognise the thinking process behind their work. Each point pattern requires a different 'type' of thinking. They are great tools for exploring ideas, developing knowledge and understanding as well as revising.

Character Point Patterns - Year 7 English - Teacher Reflection:

In our current scheme of work 'Journey to a Poem', the students have read a poem about a parrot that is trapped in a cage. I asked them to complete character point patterns to show their understanding of the emotions the parrot was feeling. The character point patterns below were modeled by the teacher on the board and students learnt the process as it was demonstrated. All students were able to access the idea of the visual tool and very quickly (and freely) started to offer their own adjectives to add emotions to the visual tool. I am very pleased with this first attempt and I hope that (next time) students will be able to add a metacognitive frame and eventually produce their own character point patterns.

Using point patterns as a teaching tool (process in Maths):

Examples of Form Time Activities:

Thinking skills week commencing 9th January.pptx
Form task.pptx

P4C (Philosophy '4' Children) Form Activities:

P4C IMAGE WC 31st October.pptx
P4C Image WC - 5th December.pptx

Planning, Delivery and Review - Lesson Study Cycle Reflections:

Copy of Action Plan for Website - Senior Management Section