What are thinking skills? How do they develop? Where do they 'fit' into the curriculum and what should adults do to help children acquire them? Sustaining Shared Thinking contains a rich mixture of practical experience, research and relevant government guidance, brought to life with examples and suggestions. It brings together theories and ideas related to thinking skills, explains what these thinking skills are and why they are important, and shows how they link with current curriculum guidance. This book addresses some of the major challenges facing early years settings and primary schools, and shows what opportunities and experiences for developing shared thinking skills may look like in individual settings. The aim is to provide sound,clear advice and to help practitioners and teachers deliver the objectives of Every Child Matters.