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We Are In A Thinking School

We are working hard to become independent learners, who embrace all learning opportunities and flourish through learning from our mistakes and moving forward to embed our new skills. 


Metacognition is a huge topical of research in ensuring our children are well balanced individuals, with the best opportunities to develop sound Mental Health and physical wellbeing. 

Research tells us:

Metacognition is "cognition about cognition", "thinking about thinking", "knowing about knowing", becoming "aware of one's awareness" and higher-order thinking skills. The term comes from the root word meta, meaning "beyond", or "on top of". Metacognition can take many forms; it includes knowledge about when and how to use particular strategies for learning or problem-solving. There are generally two components of metacognition: (1) knowledge about cognition and (2) regulation of cognition.

Well Being and Metacognition At Markington Primary School

After researching many studies and projects in Metacognition, we have introduced 'The Thinking Classroom' by Katie Munchester and Shirley Clarke.

The children have thrown themselves into the concept and are enjoying being rewarded as they strive to improve in the 'learning powers.'




Kelly The Koala

Learning Power: To be curious

You will see me:

· Asking questions

· Noticing things

· Looking for patterns and connections

· Thinking of reasons

· Researching

· Pondering- what if….?

· Being creative



The Learning Powers

Sadie Squirrel

Learning Power: To co-operate

You will see me:

· Listening to others

· Explaining things to help others

· Being kind when I disagree

· Being tolerant

· Working together with others



Albert Armodillo



Learning Power: To be resilient

You will see me:

· Use my growth mindset

· Not worrying if it goes wrong

· Learning from my mistakes

· Being excited to try new things


Emily Elephant

Learning Power: To concentrate

You will see me:

· Blocking out distractions

· Lost in my learning

· Breaking things down into small steps

· Focusing on one thing at a time

· Looking for patterns and connections

· Planning and thinking things through

· Jotting things down to help me think


The Monkeys

Learning Power: To self- improve

You will see me:

· Keeping reviewing my learning

· Improving one thing first

· Trying to be better than last time

· Taking small steps

· Not comparing myself to anyone else



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