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Understanding the Characteristics of Learning and Development: Creating and thinking critically

The Characteristics of Learning have many links with each other and should be viewed holistically or as woven together.  However sometimes it helps to understand the complexity of children’s thinking and learning by separating the characteristics out and looking more closely at what they mean and look like in practice – as long as we put them back together afterwards! With this in mind we will take a close look at the Characteristic of Creating and Thinking Critically including:

  • Unpicking what it means for children to  create and think critically
  • How this leads to sustained shared thinking and Mastery Orientation
  • Thinking about how we can observe this happening when we watch babies, toddlers and young children.  Looking at case studies and stories of children’s creative thinking
  • Documenting   children’s creative and critical thinking and how we can show children’s progress and plan for their next steps
  • Thinking together about what WE can do to support children’s creative and critical thinking

Plenty to think about together; this day will be a mixture of theory, practice, case studies, shared thinking and discussion

This course is aimed at all those who work with young children in the EYFS and Y1, including leaders and managers,  who want to know more about the Characteristics of Effective Learning  and children’s creative and critical thinking.

Other related training includes:

  • Thinking aloud’: Understanding young children’s creativity and critical thinking
  • Making the connections: What do children’s learning stories tell us about their creative and critical thinking?
  • Recognising young children’s creativity and critical thinking…….
  • What sort of creativity do we want to create?
  • “You’re making my memory come back” : Reflections on young children’s creativity and critical thinking
  • What is Sustained Shared Thinking?  Breaking it down

Trainer: Di Chilvers

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The Characteristics of children’s thinking