Council for the Curriculum, Examinations and Assessment

Step-by-Step Guide

There is no single correct way to use Thinking Cards. You can use them:

  • as a stimulus for thinking at various points in a sequence of lessons;
  • to give you ideas when planning a Thinking Skills-infused lesson;
  • to draw attention to the skills when a lesson has a particular infusion focus;
  • to guide and structure discussion during a group activity;
  • to prompt reflection when reviewing a completed piece of work; or
  • to give a focus for assessment of the skills.

What is important is the way in which the cards are introduced to pupils. We recommend that you follow the Step-by-Step Guide so that pupils are not overwhelmed and can fully grasp how to use the cards, eventually being able to select and use cards independently.