Searching for Meaning

  • Is enthusiastic about learning.
  • Is curious about things
  • Is confident.
  • Can work independently.
  • Can work collaboratively with others.

  • Can communicate with clarity and precision.

  • Can question effectively.
  • Can evaluate information.

  • Can apply past knowledge to new situations.
  • Makes use of thinking time (doesn’t rush).
  • Can analyse information.

  • Can reflect on what has been learnt so far.


Critical Thinking

  • Is confident.

  • Can communicate with clarity and precision.
  • Can communicate fluently and persuasively.

  • Thinks critically about things.
  • Is able to seek alternative solutions.
  • Is able to challenge assumptions.
  • Can analyse information effectively.
  • Able to take alternative perspectives.
  • Is able to identify bias.
  • Can think beyond the obvious.
  • Can question validity of statements / information.
  • Is able to relate causes and effects.

  • Able to examine new knowledge in relation to .prior knowledge.
  • Makes use of thinking time (doesn’t rush).

  • Can evaluate own thinking.



Decision Making

  • Is confident.
  • Can take risks with thinking.
  • Can work independently.
  • Is able to think collaboratively with others.

  • Is flexible when thinking about things.
  • Is able to identify why a decision is necessary.
  • Is able to generate many options when working towards a decision.
  • Is able to change mind when new evidence appears.
  • Is able to predict likely consequences.
  • Can weigh up the pros and cons.
  • Can evaluate information.

  • Makes use of thinking time (doesn’t rush).
  • Able to take alternative perspectives.
  • Can think beyond the obvious.

  • Can monitor own thinking processes, ‘Have I considered this aspect?’


Problem Solving

  • Is enthusiastic about learning.
  • Is curious about things
  • Is confident.
  • Is persistent.
  • Can work independently.
  • Is able to able think collaboratively with others.

  • Can identify the nature of a problem.
  • Can apply past knowledge to new situations.
  • Is able to challenge assumptions.
  • Is flexible when thinking about things.
  • Is able to generate many options when working towards a solution.
  • Is able to change direction when new evidence appears.
  • Able to adopt alternative perspectives.
  • Makes use of thinking time (doesn’t rush).

  • Is able to select and implement a solution strategy.

  • Can evaluate own progress towards a solution.
  • Is able to evaluate how well a solution works.


Creative Thinking

  • Is curious about things
  • Is confident.
  • Can work independently.
  • Is able to able think collaboratively with others.

  • Is able to imagine alternatives.
  • Is able to innovate.
  • Can think beyond the obvious.
  • Is able to take responsible risks.
  • Is able to formulate own point of view.

  • Can apply past knowledge to new situations.
  • Is able to generate ideas and possibilities.
  • Is able to challenge assumptions.
  • Is flexible when thinking about things.
  • Is able to change direction when new evidence appears.
  • Able to adopt alternative perspectives.
  • Makes use of thinking time (doesn’t rush).


Thinking about Thinking

  • Is able to plan.
  • Is able to monitor own thinking.
  • Is able to redirect thinking as required.
  • Able to choose between strategies.
  • Is able to evaluate own thinking.

  • Can identify the nature of a problem.
  • Can adapt past experience for new situations.
  • Is able to rethink approach when encountering difficulties.
  • Able to adopt alternative perspectives.
  • Makes use of thinking time (doesn’t rush).