Bloom’s Taxonomy

The diagram above helps teachers view the subjects through Bloom’s Taxonomy. Bloom’s Taxonomy is a theory which describes different kinds of learning. At Stanley Road we consider the academic subjects in the light of Bloom’s Taxonomy in order that we get the deepest and most beneficial learning from the subject areas. Bloom’s Taxonomy (developed by Benjamin Bloom in 1956 and updated by Anderson and Krathwohl in 2001) says there are different states of learning which happen in the brain during education.

We look at the national curriculum very carefully to ensure our learning experiences cover these states equally and ensure a very rich and effective education. As we develop the 2014 curriculum we will develop this refined approach to subject teaching and during this academic year will publish a curriculum diagram for each subject taught at Stanley Road.

  • Knowing is concerned with knowing facts (such as the date of the battle of Hastings or the name of the Prime Minister)

  • Understanding is when you can explain these facts or knowledge and talk around a subject.

  • Applying or Using is when you are able to use the skills and knowledge in your life or learning. (e.g. “You showed me how to subtract from 100 then I used it at the supermarket!”)

  • Analysing is when you pull ideas apart to see how they work (“Why do so many fairy stories have three brothers? Can we find any with two”?)

  • Evaluating is when we judge the usefulness of our learning and estimate our own success (“that was a great meths lesson – I paid attention and learned from my mistakes”)

  • Creating is a very high form of mental activity, when we take all our learning and skills and use it to make something new … a poem, a sculpture, a story, a computer code, a spreadsheet, a maths problem or a new game in the playground.

The curriculum is much richer when we teach with these kinds of learning in mind. watch this space as we develop our learning around higher order thinking and challenging, engaging leaning based on Bloom’s research.