Category: Higher Order Thinking Skills

Skills Posters – Free Printables!

Skills Posters – Free Printables!

I used an unexpected day off yesterday (Our Fire Alarms were broken) to create some posters for my classroom.

Sharing is caring and all that so have uploaded them below. Would be good to know if they are useful to you. Feedback would be appreciated too. Obviously some of them have our school logo or name on them but can provide blank copies if you wish.

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StoryTelling Dice

If you are anything like me you will walk around shops a bit like a teaching magpie thinking, ooh that will come in handy at some point in my teaching career. I’ll buy it!

Then you end up with a drawer full of rainy day activities and stuff that you one day aim to use in your lessons, sometimes your not quite sure how.

This is how I came about buying some “Storytelling Dice” from Tiger. Tiger is a weird and wonderful shop full of inspiration for lessons, I have got some wonderful things from here over the years.


I bought these dice and left them in my drawer not quite working out how or when I was going to use them. Then the other day it hit me. We had been learning about creation stories for a while with S1 pupils, we had looked at Inuit, Egyptian, Dreamtime, Adam and Eve, Big Bang Theory, Ancient Celts. As the S1 progressed through the topic we were constantly engaging in discussions comparing and contrasting the different stories and analysing what they mean.

The S1 class have now become an S2 class but I felt we still had a lot to cover with this topic and use our skills so what I did was I had the pupils in their home groups. (There will be an upcoming post on Co-Operative Learning) and gave each home group one of the dice, I had 7 home groups and 6 of the storytelling dice, however I do also have a ‘blank’ dice, the you can write on it whiteboard marker. I therefore got 6 pupils to name 6 random objects. Wah Lah! 7 Story telling dice. (This was a present from my like-minded magpie mother, I think she also got it in Tiger)

The groups had to roll the dice, write down the picture they saw and pass it on. One thing i did notice was some groups were rolling the same image, but saw different things. E.g. One of the images was an open book, some said it was a book but another group got the same image and said it was a bible. Again this all builds into our learning about how many people can interpret the same thing or story in a multitude of ways!

The pupils have now been tasked with creating a video using their 7 items with the focus being Creation! Some have chosen creation of one thing, others have chosen creation of the world and universe. They stories all sound weird and wonderful and it’s brilliant to tap into our young peoples imagination and creativity before they ‘grow up’ and lose it.

Will post an update of some videos once they are created.


New (and improved) Bloom’s Wall

Told You I was slightly Bloom’s Obsessed. 

So as previously blogged about, one of my first things I did when I got my very own classroom, was make a massive Blooms Triangle for my wall. This is it here when it was first put up, throughout the year I got pupils to add different skills and “I Can” statements on it as we went along. BzkDii4CQAAqMDl

I loved my triangle, although tragically last week, I asked pupils to take down the wall display, saving my triangle so I could re back the wall. (2 note’s to self here, 1, if you really want to save something take it down yourself, 2. Check what backing paper is available in the department before you decide to pull down your wall displays because your bored of green, that’s right there seems to only be green paper in the department). Anyway one pupil got a little over excited that his friends were getting to rip the paper off the wall that he went and tore my triangle down. 😦

IMAG0624This week however I decided rather than replace it, I am going to make it better. So I relined the walls, in green paper. And as a payback for destroying my pride and joy, this pupil was in charge of laminating coloured pieces of paper we are moving on to learning about Karma, so feel it fits in with every action has a consequence and it is therefore not child labour.
Behold we now have a skills wall, complete with wonderful coloured “bricks”. On these bricks, I am getting pupils to identify skills (using the posters I previously shared) that they want to achieve based on our current topic, which so far is working a treat. My end of the term aim is for pupils to look back on the year and not only remember the topics we studied but the skills they gained and hopefully this will help show the pupils that as much as you want to watch a film, can you really gain all these skills from watching a film?


Bloom’s Taxonomy

It’s safe to safe, I love Blooms!

I think Blooms is a brilliant way for teachers to ensure they are helping pupils progress as well as students can identify their skills easily. I love blooms so much, one of the first things I did when I got my new classroom was paint a massive triangle on the wall, and get pupils to add “I can” statements on it when they can do something new.

I think the issue I have with blooms is and don’t think I am alone is, we are good at creating wonderful Schemes of Work and Units, but actually sign-posting our skills and how that links into Higher Order Thinking is our downfall. Also I know i have been guilty of focusing on the task and not the skills being used.

I have given myself 2 new term resolutions this year.

  1. Use less PowerPoint and look at other teaching and presentation methods.
  2. Highlight skills progression to the pupils.

My first task has been to create these posters. 
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 These break down the skills, the types of activities and question stems that can be used – an amalgamation of several posters I could find on Pintrest.

So now my aim is to get pupils to be able to self evaluate their own learning and skills at the end of a task/ unit/ lesson. I also made up cover sheets for my junior classes that will be stuck into their jotters with the intended skill progression of the current unit we are on- encouraging them to color in the triangle as they move up the thinking skills.

I think Blooms can be used in many different ways and it is important that we share resources and ideas in order to encourage pupils to be using their thinking skills in a variety of ways.