1. Physical Address:
    2. Dean Street
    3. Newlands
    4. Cape Town
    5. 7700
    6. Postal Address:
    7. SACS Junior School
    8. Private Bag X3
    9. Newlands
    10. 7725
    11. Email Address:
    12. Click here to email
    13. Secretary:
    14. 021 689 4001
    15. 021 685 7028 (fax)
    16. Bursar:
    17. 021 686 6027
    18. JE De Villiers House:
    19. 021 689 8779
    20. SACS Pre-Primary:
    21. 021 685 3865

Thinking Schools

SACS Junior has set the goal to initiate our Thinking Schools philosophy in line with the development of a thinking culture in every aspect of school life.

This is the beginning of a long and steady process whereupon we join other progressive schools in teaching children and teachers to think about the way that we think and learn as different individuals! We will apply to the Cognitive Education Centre at Exeter University for Accreditation as a Thinking School in 2017.

 Our SACS Junior Thinking Schools Philosophy Poster was launched in March this year and is proudly displayed around the school. 

SACS JUNIOR THINKING SCHOOL PHILOSOPHY 

 

The poster was created in order to visually display the goals and values we place on the development of thinking at SACS Junior School.

The outer ring highlights the seven core values that we would like to instill in every one of our boys.

The next ring showcases the sixteen Habits of Mind. (Art Costa and Bena Kallik)  These are logical qualities that, upon reflection, are all sound habits through which we should conduct everyday life. The Habits of Mind form a common language used in all arenas; academic, sport, cultural and in the homes of our students. Strategies to improve and develop these Habits are taught both explicitly and also reinforced in everyday classroom teaching.

 

Habits of Mind:

 

The inner ring outlines the areas of Visible Thinking, Reflection and Thinking Tools that we have chosen to assist the development of cognition in all boys.

David Hyerle’s Thinking Maps are the graphic organisers that we have chosen to assist our boys in making their thinking visible. There are 8 maps, each of which depicts one of the ways in which we process information. They act as the scaffold for learning.

2016 brings the development and explicit teaching of Blooms/Andersons taxonomy as another method of developing Thinking within the school. We have created our own visual depiction of the Blooms pyramid in the guise of Saxie the lion. Saxie is our school mascot. Susie Appleby one of our current parents drew the following illustrations to depict the six levels of cognition that the brain utilises to learn.

REMEMBER

UNDERSTAND

APPLY

ANALYSE

EVALUATE

CREATE

 

All staff receive intensive training and regular updates into current practices and models that serve to develop higher order thinking and processing in themselves and the boys’.

Metacognition is practised inherently from Grade R – 7.

 

Links:

Thinking Schools South Africa – www.thinkingschoolssa.co.za

IACESA – www.iacesa.co.za

Habits of Mind – www.habitsofmind.org

Thinking Maps – www.thinkingmaps.org