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25/01/21

Retweeted From National Online Safety

It may come as no surprise to parents that children spent more time gaming online in 2020. With tweets related to the subject increasing by 75% over the last year, we’ve taken a look at the connotations in our blog feature >> https://t.co/VFvKec4eYo https://t.co/LgHxZx6Utk

25/01/21

The school is proud to announce that it is working towards its National Online Safety remote learning accreditation, to show the fantastic work taking place with online learning. https://t.co/YtM8pnG2E9

21/01/21

Year 8 & 9 HPV Immunisation Programme to go ahead at CDS on 1st/2nd February using a drive-thru clinic in the school car park. Keep an eye on emails for more info over the next week for time slots when children should attend. https://t.co/K1BDw3K9k0

20/01/21

Wellbeing Wednesday! Week 2 of the Mental Cleanse Challenge - We hope that you took up some of the tips last week to get your mental health cleanse started! https://t.co/oNEFfl2DNX https://t.co/gmCnPB0zvc Wishing everyone a safe & restful week. https://t.co/grlaaPzS0H

14/01/21

Welcome to your weekly wellbeing message: The Mental Cleanse Challenge! It’s time for a mental health cleanse! See the attached for tips on cleansing your mind. https://t.co/POwpE2E6YQ

12/01/21

Barton Court Academy Trust wants to recruit a new School Governor for the Local Governing Body of The Charles Dickens School. If this is something that may interest you, please read the attached flyer. https://t.co/dWwn9gvJSA

08/01/21

Retweeted From Karen Dawber

Thanks for including us on your support sheet. https://t.co/YXSq4kdYL3 is free and available for 10-16 year olds in via a mobile, laptop or tablet. Once signed in, have access to a range of support features, as well as our online counsellors https://t.co/SDJa5Wgv27

06/01/21

Welcome to your first Wellbeing Wednesday message for 2021! With everything going on in the world today the wellbeing of everyone is being challenged on a day-to-day basis. See the attached info sheet for great tips on coping with this lockdown. https://t.co/mT1Tyo1ilT

06/01/21

Retweeted From National Online Safety

Modern classic?👍 Or unplayable?👎 This , jack into the file on the long-awaited Cyberpunk 2077. The free guide provides tips for parents & carers to ensure your kids are playing safe! Apple: https://t.co/xrjXVyKaMU Android: https://t.co/lH0MJ2qruO https://t.co/pU4VY2VO9p

06/01/21

Retweeted From Kooth plc

If you're worried about your child during the pandemic, take a look at this brilliant article by for . We're glad some our data and research was used to highlight and address what we can all do to support children's https://t.co/igA2DMdmsg

10/12/20

Well done to all Y7 & 8 (and some Y9) students for competing in the virtual Kent School Games. Congratulations to Sophie who finished in 1st place in “Thanet for Girls Cross Country” and Isabelle who finished in 3rd place for the “Year 7 Girls Cross Country”. https://t.co/ZLmr6dNl5I

09/12/20

Wellbeing Wednesday! Friendships. Check out the wellbeing attachments for inspiration and click on this link to see what makes a good friend https://t.co/e2RkLcTZue We all love the film Toy story! https://t.co/WZ0RAE0aPW https://t.co/2hgQ7GobJN

09/12/20

Retweeted From National Online Safety

It’s almost Christmas... 🎅🏻 With so many new devices and games emerging, the handy search tool on our app can help you stay throughout the festive holidays. Download it now! Apple: https://t.co/HAags8G704 Android: https://t.co/k4aCqsDt24 https://t.co/XvjgqFU5eG

09/12/20

Retweeted From National Online Safety

"We get locked down and we get up again"🎵🎄 This we're taking a look back at a rollercoaster of a year! Lift your spirits with our extremely catchy 2020 Christmas jingle with the ever-amazing MusicAlternative 👇 https://t.co/ES6awLGv6t

26/11/20

Retweeted From National Online Safety

You may have heard that we’ve released our FREE mobile app today, which gives you a world of at your fingertips! 📢 In our latest blog feature, you can find out much more about the app and all the benefits it provides! >> https://t.co/FjC40wb8fL https://t.co/Ns9s8llAsn

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

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?