Mind Mapping

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A mind map is a non-linear way of organising information and making links. Children write a key idea in the centre of a blank piece of paper then branch out to other connecting ideas using colour and drawings to aid memory.

To support children to mind map produce key words written on card so children can discuss how they should be grouped and move them about until they are arranged in a way that makes sense.

Ask children to draw lines to link connecting words, linking ideas on paper helps children link ideas in their mind. Encourage children to explain their mind map to a partner.

Concept map exampleChildren could also draw a concept map. This is similar to a mind map, but focuses on the relationships between ideas. Ask children to write a connecting phrase on the line joining two ideas.