Thinking at Carlswald House Preparatory

My father used to say, ‘Don’t raise your voice, improve your argument.’

Desmond Tutu

Our children will need to survive and thrive in an increasingly competitive global landscape, and at the same time be able to collaborate with others from all over the world. Creativity and innovation will be highly prized, both for developing technology and new media, and for solving challenges with more limited resources. So how do we prepare our children for the jobs of the future?

Our goal at CHP is to produce lifelong, passionate, and imaginative thinkers who are able to problem-solve effectively and therefore perform better. The thinking programme at CHP is developed alongside the Cambridge Curriculum to help children to think critically and to work collaboratively. It also encourages students to take ownership of their own learning across the curriculum and it improves their engagement.

Thinking Maps:

Thinking Maps are consistent visual patterns linked directly to eight specific thought processes. By visualising our thinking, we create a concrete image of abstract thoughts.

DeBono’s Thinking Hats:

The Six Thinking Hats approach can be used to address almost any problem-solving activity that might be encountered in the classroom. Assigning each thinking style, colour serves as a visual cue to help students recognize the thinking skill they are using.

Blooms Taxonomy:

Bloom’s Taxonomy is a hierarchical ordering of cognitive skills that can, among countless other uses, help teachers teach and students learn.


Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics projects incorporate inquiry-based principles to suit students of various needs and it helps to foster a  love of learning. It embraces creativity, collaboration, critical thinking, and communication.

Global Perspectives:

Global perspectives is a unique, transformational programme that helps students at every stage of school education develop outstanding transferable skills, including critical thinking, research, and collaboration.  It develops critical thinking skills for a global society.

We do this by:

  • Making visible and encouraging the use of the 8 Thinking Maps.
  • Making visible and encouraging the use of DeBono’s Thinking Hats.
  • Using Blooms Taxonomy to stimulate Higher Order Thinking and Questioning.
  • Creating STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) teaching and learning opportunities where the children learn through problem-solving.
  • Teaching Global Perspectives across the school.