Bloom’s Taxonomy is a multi-tiered model which can be used to group or classify thinking into six levels of complexity. It can be used in the Madrassah classroom to encourage critical thinking in Madrassah pupils.

Madrassah teachers can use it to plan questions they will ask their pupils on the topic they will be teaching. Madrassah teachers can also use it to write learning objectives for the lesson or plan more challenging activities.

The higher the level in the triangle, the more the activity encourages critical thinking.


  • When writing learning objectives aim to write some higher level comprehension, application or analysis based questions if appropriate to the subject.
  • Use Blooms Taxonomy to write questions to ask your pupils or set activities.
Level of Blooms Taxonomy Example from Madrassah Curriculum
Knowledge Recall Memorising Qur’an
Comprehension Understanding Understanding the meaning of the Qur’an
Application Problem-solving Using the lesson from the part of Qur’an studied and applying it to solve a real life problem in today’s world.
Analysis Compare/contrast When studying events involving people i.e. the Quraysh, analyse motives and compare their actions to those of Prophet Muhammad’s (p.b.u.h)
Synthesis Improvisation Pupils solve a problem. How does this fit in with your study in other subjects?