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We are 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. 

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The Learning Powers

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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 based our Learning Powers on various reserach (including  '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 using their 'learning powers.'




During the week the COP26 summit was held in Glasgow and everyone was thinking about the planet, we showed the children this picture and asked them to use their 'E for ENQUIRY' learning powers. This is what they said...

'They could be saving the dolphin'.  Holly Y2

'There's a dove on the ship.  I think it recognises Joseph...and the rainbow might represent spirits'. Joshua Y2 

'It's a dove that represents God'. Alexander Y2

'The dolphin looks like its swimming away from the ship because if the ship gets too close to it, then it could bend its fin'.  Faith Rec

We have special stickers that reward the use of these 'Learning Powers'...

The children say...

“Aiming high is making your work the best that you can and trying your hardest always”

“R for resilience is the armadillo. They have hard shells so you keep going and if something is hard or in your way you push through it”

“Enquiring monkey is finding new ways and asking questions like ‘how can I do better?’”

“We have special learning power stickers and get team points”   

Class 2 say...

We have been using our learning powers in our work. Look how resilient we have been when problem solving! We have enquired to find out more... and asked BIG questions like... what if the world was a different shape? We aim high to achieve at the highest level we can!

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