Thinking Skills

We believe that metacognition – learning about our thinking processes – should be central to our curriculum and that thinking is a skill which can be learned, developed and enhanced.

It is a measure of Wellesley’s creative excellence that the ‘thinking skills’ guru Edward de Bono has described it as ‘one of New Zealand’s outstanding schools’.

Dr de Bono believes creativity, or the ability to think divergently, can be developed and improved. It can be learned. At Wellesley, we emphasise basic literacy and numeracy skills, but we also ensure our curriculum promotes creativity and thinking, as well as allowing for individual styles of learning.

The thinking skills programme is embedded in our Inquiry Model. All of our curriculum planning and assessment recognises the importance of developing strong questioning skills in children.

Some of the strategies we follow to set children up for success are:

  • thinking strategies such as SOLO (Structure of Observed Learning Outcomes), for planning and assessing open-ended and challenging activities
  • Dr de Bono’s Six Thinking Hats approach to the teaching of thinking skills, with activities that encourage children to look at an issue from different perspectives
  • DATT (Direct Attention Thinking Tools) programme, also by Dr de Bono, which provides 10 alternative ways of approaching a problem or issue
  • Tournament of the Minds is a national programme aimed at developing the ingenuity and teamwork of students