Thinking

As an internationally recognized Centre of Excellence, Kingsmead College Junior School earned its status as an Advanced Thinking School from the University of Exeter (UK) in 2018 – the first in South Africa.

Our pedagogy is based on a Growth Mindset philosophy and teaching students cognitive tools that support their individual learning.

Our cognitive-education tool kit consists of:

  • 16 Habits of Mind

    Developing dispositions towards life-long learning

  • 8 Thinking Maps

    Using graphic organisers for effective thinking processes

  • Blooms’ Revised Taxonomy

    Practicing higher-order thinking skills

  • TASC – Thinking Actively in a Social Context

    Engaging in processes for collaborative problem solving

These tools are skills for life-long learning at school and beyond.

To find out more about this, please download our brochure
  • 16 Habits of Mind

    Developing dispositions towards life-long learning

  • 8 Thinking Maps

    Using graphic organisers for effective thinking processes

  • Blooms’ Revised Taxonomy

    Practicing higher-order thinking skills

  • TASC – Thinking Actively in a Social Context

    Engaging in processes for collaborative problem solving

These tools are skills for life-long learning at school and beyond.

To find out more about this, please download our brochure

Technology plays a vital role in streamlining most aspects of modern day living and the need for an adequate understanding and utilisation of technology has become obvious from the early stages of our children’s development.

 

IT

The Junior School is committed to advancing the use of technology in the classroom and has two fully equipped IT Labs, one equipped with Apple iMacs, which operate on Windows as well as Apple Macintosh operating systems. Many other venues and classrooms are equipped with computers, interactive whiteboards and data projectors to further enhance the learning experience and to allow for the integration of online resources in the classroom and engage students in curriculum lessons. The Junior School offers computer-based learning and interaction from as early as Grade 0. During Computer Literacy lessons the Knowledge Networks Programme is followed and this enables the accelerated and progressive development of ICT skills in the Windows environment and using MS Office software and other applications. In addition, The Junior School offers computer-based learning with visually stimulating interactive e-Learning programmes such as ‘Readers are Leaders’, ‘Cami Maths and Cami Reader’, ‘Mathletics’ and ‘Typing Master’, which not only develop skills in Language, Mathematics and Keyboarding, but also open their minds to learning through the use of technology.

Throughout your daughters’ years at Kingsmead College, the responsible and creative use of technology will be nurtured. From Grade 4, each girl is provided with her own email address and server-side storage to increase the efficiency of learning and communication. Internet access is available to all girls during lessons and during free time, which is supervised.