Metacognition is about learning how to be a better learner. Research shows that children who understand how they learn and who can take responsibility for their own learning, have a higher chance of achieving. By allowing children to use a metacognitive approach we are providing them with the opportunity to challenge themselves, increase resilience and therefore raise their aspirations and self-esteem. Metacognition is not additional material but is incorporated within everyday teaching and learning at BHPS.
As a school, we have identified four learning dispositions or ‘powers’ which allow us to develop a common language for learning across school. The language is used in all classrooms with all children.
The idea is that the four dispositions (The 4 Rs – Resilience, Resourcefulness, Reflectiveness and Reciprocity) are like a group of ‘learning muscles’. Just as we can build our physical muscles with the right kind of exercise, learning muscles can also be developed and can grow in strength and stamina. At BHPS, we have developed these dispositions further, using characters to embody each one:
Click on the documents below to learn about the attributes of effective learners.