Knowledge used to be a precious commodity whereas now knowledge is freely available through the Internet.  Our students need to learn how to use knowledge - how to gather it, analyse it,  and use it for creativity and evaluation.  This is why we have been working with a cognitive taxonomy - a way of helping our students get beyond the facts and opinions.

It doesn't really matter what taxonomy we use as long as we are consistently and systematically challenging our students to go beyond.   We started using the SOLO taxonomy for Religious Education in 2013 and have spread it throughout our curriculum.  Our present planning allows for a SOLO (depth and complexity development) as well as a strategy/skill development.

The SOLO taxonomy stands for: 

Structure of




It was developed by Biggs and Collis (1982).  It describes levels of increasing complexity in a student's understanding of a subject, through five stages, and it is claimed to be applicable to any subject area (

Lorraine Frances-Rees,
Nov 20, 2014, 6:03 PM