Miss Z Chappell BEd (Hons), Year 6 Form Tutor, The Peterborough School
I am a Form Tutor for Year 6 and plan a thinking activity for my pupils during form time at least twice a week. This gives the children around 20 minutes to complete each activity. The fact that they are already familiar with the story and it is so basic is the key idea - it highlights that there is so much else to consider from such a simple story and is accessible for all pupils. There is nothing else like it on the market and I don't have to spend time introducing them to a scenario each time. The structure of the activity is very clear. We can get straight on with the thinking.
When I first started using this, pupils would ask me if their ideas were possible. Now they are confident in their thinking to know that they are! Some children work in groups and enjoy sharing their ideas with others to take them further whereas some like to think alone. I am flexible in my approach to facilitate what works well for them.
The thinking that can come out of this story seems endless and it works beautifully alongside my 6 thinking hats work - we put the green and blue hat on during this task mainly.
There is much rich discussion to come out of these sessions and I ensure that there is time to feedback after.
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