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The Thinking Skills Curriculum

"Pupils in Years 7 to 9 demonstrate excellent communication skills when they take part in Thinking Skills Projects, which enable them to develop confidence in public speaking." - ISI Inspection, April 2017

The CHS Thinking Skills Curriculum is integral to all the work we do at Key Stage 3. It's at the cutting edge of educational thinking and is the basis for our innovative 'Life of the Mind' programme.  It has evolved to give clear focus to the fundamental learning skills our students need in their lives. Acquiring these skills means our students become more effective and reflective learners.

Project-based learning is at the heart of the Thinking Skills Curriculum. These assignments, designed to facilitate the development of both independent and collaborative learning, are built into the programme of study over the year. They include team investigations based on curriculum subjects (Maths Puzzle Day in Year 7) and participation in the Ryman National Enterprise Challenge (Year 8), in which we came fourth out of over 120 schools in 2016. Other projects include a film-making challenge (Dynamic Decades), a debating competition (Great Debates), a design-based competition focusing on Cheadle Hulme School (Grand Designs), a journey planning game (Around the World in 30 Days) and a polar expedition competition (Antarctic Explorations).

Underpinning all the subjects we teach are the six CHS Thinking Skills; investigating, analysing, evaluating, collaborating, communicating and creating. They are designed to foster the qualities of the Academic student, and to equip students with the skills they will need in their future careers.