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25/11/20

FREE EVENT! Does your family know its TikTok from its Twitter? Its Deliveroo from its Discord? And its Bieber from its Baby Shark? See the attached information sheet. REGISTER FREE HERE https://t.co/JGwNVWsR2q https://t.co/SRRCTeIJct

25/11/20

Wellbeing Wednesday: Think Positive! Everyone, no matter how positive they are, can and will have better days than others. “With the new day comes new strength and new thoughts” Michael Jordan, American basketball player https://t.co/hFehYkFAdn

18/11/20

Welcome to Wellbeing Wednesday – This week is Anti-Bullying week so we are focusing on how an act of kindness can have many benefits. Acts of kindness affect the person on the receiving end and also improves our own wellbeing! https://t.co/hetK29a6Eo

18/11/20

Children in Need Fundraising Update – Thanks to everyone who supported CDS in our fundraising efforts on Friday for Children in Need. We raised a whopping £870.93 for this amazing charity. Well done everyone! https://t.co/G1p8PtYI1l

12/11/20

Reminder: Tomorrow, Friday 13th November, CDS are supporting Children in Need with a non-uniform day for students. Students should bring £1 in if they are wearing non-uniform. Items are on sale throughout the day to raise funds for this charity. https://t.co/x7jgcQ5Gv7

11/11/20

Welcome to Wellbeing Wednesday! We are all readjusting to the changes of being in lockdown again & thinking about how we can continue to understand what builds our personal wellbeing. Small actions build a positive over time. (see attached) https://t.co/5T7bGEdkWN

10/11/20

On Friday we will be supporting Children in Need with a non-school uniform day. Students are asked to bring in £1 to wear non-uniform. Pins and wrist bands will also be on sale during the day. Thanks for your support! https://t.co/nXV9vJD7La https://t.co/Hiuqjex5Pl

10/11/20

Art – A Year 9 CDS art student grabbed a winning position in the Sainsbury’s Art competition this year. Well done Jessica! https://t.co/nVUC2TAeoM

04/11/20

Welcome to your weekly Wellbeing Wednesday message - This week students are looking at the benefits of getting a good night’s sleep. See the attached sleep guidance sheet. https://t.co/IPXmaF5C33 https://t.co/FkECgQ6iOP https://t.co/ixXmpmzLT6

04/11/20

Retweeted From Kent County Council

And have a look at https://t.co/vOEy547k6s for support across Kent and Medway plus of course follow https://t.co/PJHh90saJc

04/11/20

Tweet 4 of 4: During the spring/summer lockdown students, staff and parents were asked if they would produce a piece of artwork that documented their experience of lockdown. Here are some of the fantastic entries we received. https://t.co/rhpJanTcVc

04/11/20

Tweet 3 of 4: During the spring/summer lockdown students, staff and parents were asked if they would produce a piece of artwork that documented their experience of lockdown. Here are some of the fantastic entries we received. https://t.co/u61ykhq4N9

04/11/20

Tweet 2 of 4: During the spring/summer lockdown students, staff and parents were asked if they would produce a piece of artwork that documented their experience of lockdown. Here are some of the fantastic entries we received. https://t.co/A5dYCPtHiS

04/11/20

Tweet 1 of 4: During the spring/summer lockdown students, staff and parents were asked if they would produce a piece of artwork that documented their experience of lockdown. Here are some of the fantastic entries we received. https://t.co/Zm6Nc8w0L1

28/10/20

Kent County Council has announced vouchers for food are available during half-term for families whose children are eligible for benefits related free school meals, so that no Kent child goes hungry. Please see the attached for more. https://t.co/Q6qJCPd8jK

14/10/20

Art – Year 8 students have been studying the “Day of the Dead”, a Mexican holiday celebrated when family and friends gather and pray for, and remember their friends and family members who have died. https://t.co/RQYMupXi95

14/10/20

Photography - Year 9 had great fun making and experimenting with their camera obscura’s - Using a shoe box, magnify glass and tracing paper, students created their own dark room and were able to see the up-side-down version of the image in front of them. https://t.co/QdZ7ItYaxS

14/10/20

Wellbeing Wednesday! This week students are looking at how to help themselves if they have problems or worries. https://t.co/NjHfDL87Ph https://t.co/6sv1FyuV6M

07/10/20

Welcome to Wellbeing Wednesday! This Saturday, 10th October, is World Mental Health Day and the theme this year is “mental health for all”. https://t.co/URXBn79F8e

07/10/20

Retweeted From National Online Safety

“Alexa, What do I need to know about you?”💬 It’s our turn to help! This week’s focus is on Amazon Alexa. From insecure devices to privacy concerns, our guide has all you need to ensure your kids use Alexa safely. Download >> https://t.co/kUzcTtl7hx https://t.co/7vJQJgWKw2

24/09/20

On Wellbeing Wednesday students looked at Digital Detox. A period of time during which a person refrains from using electronic devices. Regarded as an opportunity to reduce stress or focus on social interaction in the physical world. https://t.co/Qm5gx6MUSE

17/09/20

H&C room - Completion! Thanks to the generous grant from The Savoy Educational Trust, the H&C room is now complete. Look at these photographs of the space our students now have – up to date, modern work stations fit for any budding chef to create and learn in. https://t.co/jOv3j1NuOr

16/09/20

Wellbeing Wednesday - students are looking self-care: taking action to preserve or improve one’s own health; taking an active role in protecting one’s own wellbeing and happiness, in particular during periods of stress. https://t.co/gKaPCjeIUr

21/08/20

Hospitality & Catering refurbishment update - The work benches are going in and soon we will have fully functional and individual kitchen work stations for students to work at! https://t.co/2LOaYnKXFJ

18/08/20

H&C Room Refurbishment - Work has continued over the last 3 weeks with the partition wall being erected and lots of behind the scenes work in terms of piping and electrics. The walls are clad in UPVC and the school logo is up! https://t.co/vLMFXnbAsk

24/07/20

H&C Refurbishment – Following our earlier post, and thanks to the grant from The Savoy Educational Trust, work continues through the summer break on the refurbishment of the Hospitality & Catering Room. The builders have arrived on site and work commences! https://t.co/sqin6NYDxS

14/07/20

H&C Refurb - We are delighted to announce that we have been successful in achieving a significant grant from The Savoy Educational Trust in order to enhance the facilities and encourage more students into the Hospitality Industry. Follow the refurb journey here. https://t.co/VrQ9eYoiKH

14/07/20

All Y11 students who have purchased a Year Book – Mr Taylor and Mrs Gore will be organising the distribution of Year Books on Wed 15 July in the School car park. An email has been sent regarding the safe collection on Wednesday, with guidelines to follow on arrival.

08/07/20

Wellbeing Wednesday (2 of 2) Strategies for planning ahead and the change curve are attached and link to the earlier tweet with practical advice. https://t.co/AJ8lXXLNTE

08/07/20

Wellbeing Wednesday (1 of 2): This week CDS students are thinking about the change curve; the internal emotional journey that people may experience when dealing with change. Attached are some practical ways to ease transitions and new beginnings. https://t.co/rRYIMGLLEJ

08/07/20

Notice to All Year 11 Students: The Prime Minister will address all school leavers on Friday 10 July at 10.00am. The broadcast can be found via Facebook and YouTube and a recording will be available on these platforms after the event.

03/07/20

Home Learning – Art (3 of 3) Students in Year 7 were given a brief to create land art pieces inspired by the work of Andy Goldsworthy. Please take a look at the photographs attached to see some of the stunning submissions we have received. https://t.co/tfw85TdzMF

03/07/20

Home Learning – Art (2 of 3) Students in Year 7 were given a brief to create land art pieces inspired by the work of Andy Goldsworthy. Please take a look at the photographs attached to see some of the stunning submissions we have received. https://t.co/CxQp1GeR11

03/07/20

Home Learning – Art (1 of 3) Year 7 were given a brief to create land art pieces inspired by the work of Andy Goldsworthy. Please take a look at the photographs attached to see some of the stunning submissions we have received. https://t.co/cp0pMgWqb0

01/07/20

If you’re aged 11-19 years old and struggling with emotions, we are still . Text Chathealth to 07520618850 for mental health support and find a number of ways to help you, or visit https://t.co/u8x5royiJj for more info https://t.co/qOumBHjNW3

01/07/20

Wellbeing Wednesday - Have a listen to this song which sums up the hard times and difficulties that we have all faced together since March. We will have better days than others but we are all in this together and we will rise up and get through this! https://t.co/6I2K2ExYA3

01/07/20

Wellbeing Wednesday – This week CDS students are looking at self-esteem. See the attached guide to self-esteem and how to improve it. Please reach out for help and support if you need it at https://t.co/mTjx6NCCTz https://t.co/MqxK8ewWOH

30/06/20

Hospitality & Catering – (2 of 2) Year 9s have been working on designing and making Buddha Bowls – beautiful, nutritious, plant based dishes packed full of goodness. Check these mad up dishes out on our photographs! https://t.co/jY9YFLBdpl

30/06/20

Hospitality & Catering – (1 of 2) Year 9s have been working on designing and making Buddha Bowls – beautiful, nutritious, plant based dishes packed full of goodness. Check these mood boards for planning out the dish on our photographs! https://t.co/YqcZb606J7

30/06/20

Aged between 10-16 and need mental health support? Kooth is . Please visit https://t.co/mTjx6NUdL7 to register for their supportive online community where they have lots of guided support courses and resources for you. https://t.co/YHG7APxkXY

Breadth Thinking Tools

CoRT Thinking Lessons have been taught in schools since the mid 1970s. They have since become the most widely used school materials for the direct teaching of thinking as a basic skill worldwide.

All of this experience has contributed to developing CoRT Thinking Lessons that:

  1. Are practical and hands-on in nature.
  2. Can be taught as a separate subject–thinking skills–or embedded in existing curriculum to strengthen student learning and develop independent thinkers.
  3. Are focused on equipping students to become effective, open-minded thinkers–critical, creative, constructive, and comprehensive.
  4. Address the increasing interest and recognition for the need to teach thinking as a basic skill along with reading, writing, and mathematics; the traditional basics.
  5. Can be used in a wide variety of situations from schools in disadvantaged areas to elite schools to students being home schooled.
  6. Appeal to a wide range of ages (6-adult) and abilities (IQs of 75-140).

Breadth Thinking Tools 1

Think of a person setting out to learn to be a carpenter. Each carpenter's tool is designed to carry out a specific function. The carpenter learns when and how to use each of the tools one-by-one. A lot of practice is required to become a skilled carpenter. Learning to become a skilled thinker is the same approach: to make the basic operations of thinking second nature so that they are carried out automatically, smoothly, and without fuss or effort.


P4C – is short for Philosophy for Children.

Children are taught how to create their own philosophical questions. They then choose one question that is the focus of a philosophical enquiry, or dialogue.  For example the question might be 'is it ever ok to steal? 

The teacher, as facilitator, supports the children in their thinking, reasoning and questioning, as well as the way the children speak and listen to each other in the dialogue.  After the enquiry the children and facilitator reflect on the quality of the thinking, reasoning and participation, and suggest how they could improve; either as individuals or as a group (community).

P4C is intended to be a regular activity so that the children develop their skills and understanding over time.  The role of the facilitator is crucial to ensuring quality dialogue and progress, as well as integration with the curriculum.

It is well documented that P4C has an impact on children's cognitive, social and emotional development. P4C is about getting children to think and communicate well; to think better for themselves.

P4C is a thorough pedagogy with considerable academic pedigree. Professor Matthew Lipman, frustrated by his students’ lack of engagement with learning and thinking, was influenced by educationalists and philosophers such as Vygotsky, Piaget, Dewey as well as the tradition of Socratic dialogue.

 

If we expect pupils to engage in more creative and stimulating thought process, we, as teachers must encourage them by asking higher level questions.

 

Linking higher order Questioning with higher order Thinking.

  • Developed initially in 1050's by Benjamin Bloom, readapted and significantly improved by Lorin Anderson in 1990's.
  • Hierarchy of 6 developmental stages of thinking which become increasingly complex and demanding.
  • The levels of thinking can be applied to developing questioning across all levels of schooling and in areas of learning.

Breadth Thinking Tools 2

Deeper questioning and anticipated deeper response is developed from top left to bottom right.

Get pupils to come up with their own questions by choosing a word from the left-most column followed by a word from the top row.

Eg.

What Is… the time / the name of… etc

When Will… the reaction stop if I use X grams of Y?

How Might… we use photosynthesis to overcome the impact of burning fossil fuels?