ThinkWise: Little People Big Ideas is an innovative thinking skills curriculum that supports the development of critical and creative thinking skills in children aged four to seven.

The ThinkWise curriculum enhances communication, collaboration, creativity and the development of empathy and social skills that support the holistic development of children and the acquisition of skills needed in the 21st century.

The ThinkWise programme guides teachers and parents to provide both structured and spontaneous opportunities for developing creative and critical thinking skills.

ThinkWise Programme Packs

Bring our ThinkWise Programme Packs into your home or school. These programmes are thoughtfully designed by experienced educators and experts in the education field.

ThinkWise at School

The programme is introduced over a period of three months during which children are exposed to ten thinking structures through activities that enrich their learning across the curriculum. Daily cross-curricular lessons with all the relevant resources provided, with examples of extension and assessment activities.

ThinkWise Parents

The programme provides extension activities for parents to be implemented anywhere, not just at home. It is essential that parents and caregivers are involved and reinforce the use of the strategies in different situations and environments that young people find themselves in.

BENEFITS FOR LITTLE PEOPLE

1

PERSISTENCE

2

CRITICAL THINKING

3

COMMUNICATION SKILLS

4

EMOTIONAL INTELLIGENCE

5

MINDFULNESS

6

CURIOSITY

7

CREATIVE THINKING

8

WILLINGNESS TO LEARN

MEET THE LITTLE PEOPLE

The ThinkWise programme is thoughtfully designed around these ten thinking strategies to help develop creative and critical thinking skills and dispositions they may need for a future we can only imagine. There is a character for each thinking strategy and each has a story to tell.

The ThinkWise little people have big ideas! These delightful characters will help children to identify with strategies and thought processes in a visual and meaningful way.

Mary More

Tell me more

A very simple strategy that encourages children to express their ideas verbally, to offer suggestions and build explanations based on evidence.

Lucky Luke

Take a close look

A fun thinking strategy which encourages children to show curiosity, to observe closely and to make suggestions and predictions from the details that they can see.

Thanya Wit

Why is that?

A simple questioning strategy that can be used in multiple learning contexts with a class, a small group or even in pairs.

Winny Wonder

See - Think - Wonder

A simple questioning which can be used in multiple learning contexts with a class, small group or with individual children.

Ben Pretend

Pretend to be

An enjoyable thinking strategy which encourages children to use their imagination and explore experiences and ideas from different viewpoints.

Kenny Five

Ask a question

A thinking strategy designed to support children in asking their own questions which stems from their innate curiosity, their desire to find out about the world.

Sheila Share

Think - Pair - Share

A social strategy that can be used with a whole class across a range of curriculum areas promoting co-operative learning.

Lily Links

Thinky Links

A thinking strategy that can be used to support children in developing multiple connections between aspects of their learning.

Ricky Rather

Would you rather...?

A thinking strategy designed to support children in making choices and demonstrating their reasoning for that choice.

Peter Puzzler

Think - Puzzle - Find

A sophisticated thinking strategy that enables children to use and continue to develop the skills, vocabulary and thought processes.