At Westbrook Primary, to help children with learning, we use a range of tools to support and scaffold their learning. These assist children to learn to think independently.
These are thinking tools which provide a framework to help us to think clearly in one direction:
White Hat – Facts
What are the facts? What information do I have?
What information do I need? What do I want to know?
Black Hat – Problems
Can it be done? What could go wrong?
Is this the best solution? Will this work?
Green – Creativity
Can this be done in a different way? What’s my suggestion?
Can I create something new? What new ideas are possible?
Yellow – Benefits
What are the good points? Why can this be done?
How can I make this work? Why is this good thing?
Red Hat – Feelings
How do I feel about this? What do/don’t I like about it?
Do I feel it will work?
Blue Hat – Process
What thinking is needed? Where are we now?
What’s the next step? Where do we go from here?
These are thinking tools that are used to record and organise ideas and information.
These are a range of activities designed to engage, motivate and deepen thinking. The use of the keys helps to develop flexible problem solving and thinking habits. These are used for our SODAs (start of day activities).
Higher Order Questioning
We use Bloom’s Taxonomy (revised) to move children towards high levels of thinking, processing and questioning.