4s Get Their Thinking Hats On!

Tuesday 14th May 2019

The 4s have been studying Shakespeare’s tragedy ‘Hamlet’ in their English lessons.


They have been focussed particularly on Hamlet’s famous ‘To be, or not to be’ soliloquy where Hamlet reflects on his dilemma and whether it is better to live or die.

In order for students to evaluate Hamlet’s options based on their possible outcomes, they started the lesson by first applying De Bono’s Thinking Hats to an imaginary scenario. This helped them think about a problem and its solutions in a variety of ways.


De Bono’s Thinking Hats idea separates thinking into six clear functions and roles. Each thinking role is identified with a coloured symbolic “thinking hat.” By mentally wearing and switching “hats,” you can easily focus or redirect thoughts, the conversation, or the meeting.

After becoming familiar with De Bono’s Thinking Hats idea, the girls used this to go on to consider Hamlet’s more challenging dilemma.