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31/03/21

Welcome to our final Wellbeing Wednesday of Term 4! What a year it has been! This week we are looking at adopting a flexible mindset. See the attached info for more detail and have a great Easter break everyone! https://t.co/dEEMlSQse5

31/03/21

Two Year 10 students have volunteered their free time to HeadStart, recruiting and evaluating the programme. Both girls are now leading on aspects of the project. For more information visit https://t.co/idHQuTNFr4 https://t.co/lgpli7jQds https://t.co/oif1MDuSHM

24/03/21

Welcome to another Wellbeing Wednesday – This week students are looking at the benefits of “journaling” to improve their mental health and wellbeing. What is journaling? See the attached tips to see how it might work for you! https://t.co/XbuN0v9EuW

17/03/21

Another Wellbeing Wednesday is upon us! This week students are looking at morning routines. https://t.co/DyDzvnJ9js

16/03/21

Comic Relief 2021! We are supporting “Red Nose Day” with a non-uniform day on Friday 19 March. Students can donate £1 on that morning if they wear non-uniform. Let’s support this fantastic cause and raise as much as we can! https://t.co/8Le7TcXAEc https://t.co/MxhXQRnhjV

10/03/21

Welcome to Wellbeing Wednesday! This week students are looking at how diving into a book can nurture their wellbeing and sustain their resilience. https://t.co/GW7Qg3ChAJ

10/03/21

Calling all chefs! There is a cooking competition being run across the whole of Kent called Young Cooks. https://t.co/EbZRv5k29w Let Mrs Naylor at school know if you have entered! https://t.co/ciFaVb5xJK

24/02/21

Welcome back to Wellbeing Wednesday – This week students are looking at self-esteem. See our attached wellbeing guidance for more info. Take a look at this YouTube video https://t.co/Xknm4Pre83 https://t.co/rikQwZJWiZ

23/02/21

H&C – Year 10 & 11 winners of their half term baking competition: excellent tray bakes and a home-made Buenos cheesecake. Well done! https://t.co/btm32xb7fA

23/02/21

H&C - Although there was no pancake tossing competition in the Hospitality & Catering classroom this year, Mrs Naylor challenged Y9 students to come up with the best looking, creative pancake. Here are the winning entries. Well done everyone! https://t.co/Xtn5eLtqEZ

23/02/21

H&C - Y8 students were challenged with a homemade soup making competition during half term. There were 3 winners: Vegetable soup with spicy notes &croutons, homemade cream of tomato soup, and vegetable and tomato winter soup. Well done to all who took part! https://t.co/8i8jmkaAPa

23/02/21

H&C – Y7 students were challenged with a bread making competition during half term. Entries came in interesting shapes/unusual ingredients. 3 winners stood out: A rustic loaf, fantastic pretzels, and a plaited loaf. Well done to all who took part and keep baking! https://t.co/NraD7EjyUk

12/02/21

We would like to extend our thanks to all parents and carers for your support this term in enabling us to continue with our remote learning. Students are now able to limit the gaps in their knowledge that lockdown could bring. Thank you all. https://t.co/d69EFaZ8oR

12/02/21

The school Key Worker provision is OPEN today.

11/02/21

Retweeted From National Online Safety

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11/02/21

Ensure you visit our learner portal for great tips on keeping your child safe online and visit National Online Safety for their free online safety resources. https://t.co/AkDrdidSdB

11/02/21

The school Key Worker provision is OPEN today.

10/02/21

Wellbeing Wednesday (2of2) - Resilience & Wellbeing We can find creativity in many different ways. These re inspirational start points: Art & drawing: https://t.co/FwEeZ4lyzX Photography: https://t.co/zTI77bYGcI Music: https://t.co/82qUp5iyRn

10/02/21

It’s the final Wellbeing Wednesday message of Term 3, and this week we are reflecting on wellbeing and resilience. Last week was Children’s Mental Health Week 2021 with the theme - Express Yourself! https://t.co/unuCYRLEZ8 https://t.co/EqxpETvszH

10/02/21

The school Key Worker provision is OPEN today.

09/02/21

The school Key Worker provision is OPEN today.

08/02/21

We are delighted to update you with the news that the School has been recognised for its commitment to providing safe remote education and has achieved National Online Safety Safe Remote Education Accreditation. https://t.co/KyQwG4L9lg

08/02/21

The school Key Worker provision is OPEN today.

03/02/21

It's our Wellbeing Wednesday message: We may be multi-tasking towards overload at the moment with our minds spinning through worries & anxieties. Have a look at the attached tips on using nature to refresh your wellbeing. https://t.co/rvwKp0tlo4 https://t.co/IzlUICgOXb

03/02/21

A talented Y7 art student responded to the work of artist Friedrich Hundertwasser, to transform some of Thanet's local buildings and landmarks into Hundertwasser inspired buildings and landscapes. His teacher says that she is thrilled with what he has created! https://t.co/tKgHclkhkn

28/01/21

Retweeted From National Online Safety

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28/01/21

The School is delighted to announce that it has gained accreditation for supporting online safety. Stakeholders are accessing and using the National Online Safety resources to keep the school community safe whilst online. https://t.co/lLCtU5tnfr

28/01/21

Year 9 Photography students were given a brief to respond to the work of photographer, Matt Ball, creating a series of symmetrical images using their own photographs as starting points. This capable student has gone above and beyond – excellent work! https://t.co/VJfCWEZVGX

27/01/21

Wellbeing Wednesday – We are looking at establishing a good daily routine to enrich wellbeing & build resilience. While some are going through self-isolation, a “normal routine” is not something we are able to maintain. See the attached tips. https://t.co/98qW13StXt

27/01/21

Retweeted From Karen Dawber

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27/01/21

Retweeted From National Online Safety

We recently spoke to about tackling digital dangers and the importance of both educators and parents in harnessing tools to keep children safe online. You can read the full feature here >> https://t.co/jKWfh9KSbQ https://t.co/1svdOQDA4w

27/01/21

Well done to Carly (Y8) for volunteering at the COVID vaccination centre for Margate and Mocketts Wood PCN. She’s doing a wonderful job! https://t.co/7Lho8WzwfF

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

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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?