The Big Think is a new, empowering, personal development programme for Primary schools to improve the wellbeing of all children.
It follows a structured, experiential-learning approach using discussion, debate, storytelling, quiet reflection, singing and journaling. The programme builds on each school’s core values and is ideal for integrating SMSC, British Values, PSHE, Citizenship and Relationships Education schemes of work.
The 44 learning modules are delivered in whole-school assemblies with age-appropriate (KS1 and KS2) follow up in classrooms. Every session nurtures personal qualities as well as growth mindsets and fosters the development of each child’s own values.
Often teachers can feel frustrated trying to find a healthy balance between driving results, while sensitively tending to children’s physical, mental, emotional and social needs. The Big Think is a comprehensive, cross-curricular programme designed to support both teachers and children in addressing such challenges and promotes life-long wellbeing for all.
The Big Think programme components
Each assembly and lesson is based around The Big Story – a story that allows children to think creatively by walking in the shoes of a fictional character to experience a range of feelings, thoughts and possible responses to dilemmas that they can then apply in their own lives. The Big Questions prompted by the story, encourage the children to consider others’ viewpoints and think independently.
- A session begins with Silent Sitting, a short visualisation to still children’s minds and allow them to focus.
- The Big Talk follows through a Values Inquiry which uses real life decision-making and encourages each child to speak their mind, then clarify and justify their thoughts.
- To deepen learning, they reflect on their own lives while writing in their My Big Think Journal.
- Finally, The Big Sing brings the children altogether to have fun and express themselves through song.
The Big Think’s Journey So Far
The Big Think Pilot ran at North Harringay Primary School in north London and was a BIG learning curve, but very successful. Together, we linked the school’s values with The Big Think’s universal values (Truth, Love, Peace, Right Action and Non-Violence) to ensure continuity and clarity for the children.