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03/12/21

Retweeted From Canterbury FoodBank

We are nearly out of large size nappies! These are a huge regular cost for people with young children and we hate to see anyone go without! If you can spare £3-4 this weekend could you get us a pack of size 4, 5, or 6? (We are fine for newborn sizes thank you) https://t.co/yZwwqCWCTD

03/12/21

We're delighted to tell you that we have students in all year groups 9-12 who have either gained a Merit or Distinction in their Flute or Clarinet exams. https://t.co/uBjgKkixJn

02/12/21

We're taking bookings for our Sixth Form Open Evening on Wednesday 26 January - click here to book a place https://t.co/FWE8qrcKke https://t.co/eU0V6tQAeP

02/12/21

Retweeted From The Charles Dickens School

This Wellbeing Wednesday, we are looking at how music can improve our wellbeing - Research suggests that music can stimulate the body's natural feel good chemicals. It can energise our mood and help us to take control of our feelings. https://t.co/yMvHrIfqEw

26/11/21

Looking forward to Rag Week next week, raising lots of money for our chosen charities https://t.co/32HGluWj1Z

25/11/21

The last one of our students' artwork shortlisted for the John Downton Awards 2021. Our students are incredibily talented! https://t.co/oqNU11hr7R

25/11/21

And even more shortlisted artwork for the John Downton Awards 2021 https://t.co/Tjo76d8OOZ

25/11/21

More shortlisted artwork for the John Downton Awards 2021 https://t.co/9nGLWBvVMP

25/11/21

Artwork shortlisted for the John Downton Awards 2021 https://t.co/PcXlSETzLg

25/11/21

Barton Manor School - exciting times! https://t.co/9Em8VSpI76

25/11/21

Barton Manor School is coming along nicely! https://t.co/jBsOTj6F2n

12/11/21

In June students were given the chance to audition for the Canterbury Festival’s ‘Beautiful Noise’ event held all over the city. Melina, a singer-songwriter & pianist, has written 38 songs & performed in the Whitefriars Centre on Saturday 23 October - the start of a great career! https://t.co/Xido7NNYSx

08/11/21

Microbiology Club investigating the bacterial content of different milk. Learning aseptic technique, making our own agar plates and streak & pour plates - safely! https://t.co/qEsvdMbZRc

05/11/21

The Kent & Medway Immunisation Team is coming to school next week, don’t forget to do the online consent form if you haven’t already. Visit https://t.co/tv9a9ccUFI for info or phone the team 0300 123 5205, text 07401320923 or use their web chat if you have any questions/concerns https://t.co/cAEWhYXxa3

04/11/21

Stunning Y11 Artwork. https://t.co/wOmJC5XPRz

04/11/21

The new free school build, Barton Manor, is progressing well and may even be completed 3 weeks early! https://t.co/Pt5tuJLXwZ

02/11/21

Thank you Joe Brown & Arthur O’Hara (Deal Music & Arts) who ran a 3rd Jazz Journey Workshop for our students. This project initially ran in 2020 so we are delighted it's up & running again. It all ended with a performance of ‘Caravan’, a challenging piece! https://t.co/LZGjdbtH7V

02/11/21

Y12 A Level music students attended a Welcome Concert for the new Music intake at CCCU gaining fab insight into the initial stages of a music degree course. 3 of our students were invited to play with a university & alumni band. Thank you Chris Price & Steve Waterman https://t.co/MUVms5bG9K

22/10/21

We're happy to be starting our Y5 Enrichment Programme again, kicking off with DT who taught primary students how to create a balloon powered car. Much cheering and delight along the corridors when the race started! https://t.co/5aLavA08yJ

20/10/21

Y12 & Y13 Sport students have had a great time at the new Christchurch University Sports Labs. Sessions focused on fitness testing where students participated in a range of field & lab based tests, including the VO2 max test, wingate test & the bod pod! Thank you https://t.co/hQwQySwtkI

19/10/21

It's been fantastic to see the return of extra-curricular netball in term 1, with excellent attendance at training and games. The end of season tournaments saw great performances, with Y9 finishing 2nd, Y10 3rd and Y7/8 4th. A huge thank you to our Sixth Form Coaches too. https://t.co/d2usNQg22u

19/10/21

We're looking forward to welcoming parents and students to our second Open Evening tonight, 5pm-8pm and another Open Morning tomorrow, 9am-11am. https://t.co/Gji1Xvy2ka https://t.co/iBdfbDaUlP

12/10/21

Barton Manor School is looking for LGB Govs to join them in Jan 2022. If you or someone you know is interested in joining the Trust to help implement the vision, ethos & direction of this new free school click the link below or retweet to spread the word. https://t.co/P91UPFIycF https://t.co/QPUdXvQyhm

08/10/21

We're looking for a Temporary Teacher of PE to cover a maternity absence. If you're interested then please click the link below - we'd love to hear from you. https://t.co/rhE8aEOleh https://t.co/YDxSCMrRuc

30/09/21

Our new free school, Barton Manor, is progressing. Here are the latest images. https://t.co/UBLZw8ECEj

28/09/21

We've registered with "Good to Grow" scheme. Please register your More card with us when you next shop and we can start earning points for equipment & seeds for the School's Eco School Club. https://t.co/tR4BQFUKmj

27/09/21

When there's a good excuse for eating cake! We raised over £430! https://t.co/leihEE3HN3

22/09/21

We raised £1,067.97 for last Friday. Looking forward to cake this week for https://t.co/8VYDDaS0Y4

20/09/21

We're looking forward to enjoying lots of cake on Friday to support Remember though we are a nut free school! https://t.co/U8byo1DQdP

17/09/21

And we wore Jeans for Genes Day https://t.co/eesdF6PCWh

17/09/21

Some of our Y12 aspiring medical students took part in a virtual outreach event hosted by the BMA today. Presentations by a current medical student & 2 practicing doctors sharing insights & personal experience followed by a panel discussion. Thank you

15/09/21

We're supporting this Friday with a non school uniform day - hoping to raise lots of cash for this amazing charity. https://t.co/ccmYzuuwDh

14/09/21

We're looking for a Temporary Teaching Assistant to start as soon as possible. Click here to find out more if this interests you: https://t.co/S8uKA02T54

14/09/21

Open Morning Tours for the new free School Barton Manor can now be booked. Places are limited. Click here to access the booking form. https://t.co/B10eo1NpX2

08/09/21

Our rising star in tennis, Ben, has had an incredible summer of success in various matches, even playing & winning the Road to Wimbledon 14u Tournament on the practice courts - Singles & Doubles Winner - amazing. Congratulations Ben! https://t.co/w0J7eOcNPX

07/09/21

The new build at Barton Manor School has really progressed over the summer. On schedule for completion next February. https://t.co/tdLw6vBfKk

01/09/21

The applications process for the new free school, Barton Manor School, is open today, 1 Sept. Apply online for a Y7 place only using the link below. Closing date Friday 10 December 2021. https://t.co/Svaz5Vxc89

26/08/21

Congrats to ex-student Harvey Lintott now playing professionally at Gills FC for scoring the winning penalty in a recent match against AFC Wimbledon. Thanks Kent Pro for the images. https://t.co/lD5hzvZoDs

25/08/21

Students and staff raised an incredible total of £7,773.09 for the School's chosen charities last year. Thanks to everyone who contributed.

24/08/21

We're looking for an experienced and qualified BCAT Trust Estates Manager/Site Manager for The Charles Dickens School. Please follow the link below for more information. We'd love to hear from you if this is something you're interested in. https://t.co/9LQFVMuHy2

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).

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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.

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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?