Use Thinking Tools to Strengthen the Primary Curriculum

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In this course, you will learn how to use thinking tools that dig deep into a topic, guide reflection and develop the general capability of Critical and Creative Thinking.


Explore thinking tools that go beyond mind maps and PMI charts. In this course, you’ll experience tools that help ascertain prior knowledge, dig deep into a topic and guide reflection. You’ll be able to weave each tool into your curriculum and create a culture of engaged thinkers and learners.

In this course, you’ll learn:

  • How to teach each element of the Critical and Creative Thinking general capability
  • How to dig deep into topics and personal opinions
  • How to help Foundation to Year 6 students identify their own thinking processes
  • How to download lesson plans containing a range of thinking tools



This course will take you 2 hours to complete. Enjoy it in one session or spread it out over a few weeks. You will have ongoing access.


This course is on-demand and for private study. Learn at your own pace and at times that suit you. Get a certificate when you finish.


  • Foundation – Year 6: All subject areas
  • Cross curriculum priorities: All cross-curriculum priorities
  • General capabilities: Literacy, Critical and Creative Thinking


This course is mapped to the Professional Standards for Teachers. It is accredited for teacher professional development hours in the following states and territories:

Proficient Teacher
2.1.2 Apply knowledge of the content and teaching strategies of the teaching area to develop engaging teaching activities.
3.3.3 Plan and implement well-structured learning and teaching programs or lesson sequences that engage students and promote learning.
3.4.2 Select and/or create and use a range of resources, including ICT, to engage students in their learning.

This course is accredited by TQI for 2 hours professional development for teachers in the ACT.



Krista Nisi is the Head Writer at Cool Australia and brings over 15 years of experiencing working in education, tertiary and local government. She holds a Masters in Environment (Environmental Education) from the University of Melbourne. Krista looks for innovative ways to involve young people in early learning and school education by helping them explore, think about and engage with the world around them.



Chris Vella from Cool Australia is your course teacher. He has worked in the education sector for over 10 years as a classroom teacher and educational consultant. He has also worked at Western Sydney University. Chris loves getting creative with education and supporting others to do the same.


Many thanks to our partner Faber-Castell. Faber-Castell have long understood the importance of creativity to all people, especially to young people. They are also continuously searching for environmentally friendly processes and high-quality materials to enhance children’s creative experience throughout every development phase. For more information about Faber-Castell, click here.

As a not-for-profit organisation all revenue from our Professional Development courses is reinvested into providing teachers with the resources to become the designers of exceptional learning.

Reviews for Use Thinking Tools to Strengthen the Primary Curriculum

5 5 1
"I really enjoyed this course it provided great information and actual practical tools and ideas I can take and use within the classroom. The videos were great and very informative."
5 5 1
"This course is easy to navigate and offers worthwhile resources and insight to using STEM across the curriculum."