365 Things To Make You Go Hmmm

ONE BIG QUESTION - 365 DAYS

(perfect for registration, Circle Time, PSHE, Thinking Skills lessons, introductions, plenaries ...whenever you want to set your class off thinking).


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Note for Teachers

What is 365 Things?

'365 Things' is a thinking skills resource. It started off as a classroom display, became this web page and is now also a popular book. Simply put, it's one big question for every day in the year. Its official aim as a thinking skills resource is to help your pupils deepen their understanding and introduce them to different ways of thinking, but if it gets your class talking hard about the answer, that's good enough for us. We've had both secondary and primary schools using the resource, but our main support comes from KS2 classes. The daily questions vary, from open-ended Maths challenges to more philosophical issues. This web page contains different questions to the book, but over the course of the year we cover...

  • creative thinking,
  • mathematical thinking and problem-solving,
  • decision making,
  • critical thinking
  • logical thinking
  • We try to be topical when there's a subject we think will provoke discussion (e.g. we covered the Chilean miners' release and the Royal Wedding) and if your class has a question they'd like to see featured, pop us an email and we'll let you know if/when we plan to use it.

    Using this resource

    '365 Things' can be used effectively in many classroom scenarios - as a lesson starter, to ignite some deep discussion in Circle Time or as a time-filler. The only thing we suggest is that, whenever you can, you ask further questions around the main question of the day. Try and provoke a response from your class. Do any pupils disagree on what the correct answer is? Is there a correct answer anyway? What makes them think what they do? What skills did they need to use to answer the question? And remember, we always love to hear from you if you get time to send in your best answers.

    Your privacy

    '365 Things' gives the opportunity for you and your pupils to contact the site via the answer form. We don't actively encourage individual pupils to contribute, but when they do there are a couple of checks in place to ensure the information that is posted online is appropriate. We've taught in primary schools for 9 years and know the score, so we hope the following points answer any questions you might have about you and your pupils' privacy...

  • - although the answer form asks for an e-mail address, we don't save this information and will never post it online, share it with others and will only contact you if there is a problem with your post.
  • - all posts to '365 Things' have to be approved by us before they appear online.
  • - where a pupil's surname is typed in, we automatically delete this so that only their first name and school are ever shown online.
  • - nobody from Sparky Teaching will ever contact a pupil directly.
  • - all members of Sparky Teaching are fully CRB checked (please ask if you wish to see CRB certificate).
  • We hope this information is useful to you. Don't let the above put you off sending in your class answers - we'd love to hear what they think.