Metacognition Animals

At Gossops Green, we aim to create high level independent and collaborative thinkers and learners. At the heart of our teaching and the children’s learning are our learning attitudes. These are explicitly taught by the teacher and learned and applied by the children. Research (Hattie, 2011) shows that this high level of metacognition has significant impact on learning progress.



I have a go
(Terrier)

I am always willing to give it a go even when I am not completely sure as to what to do or what will happen. The most important thing is just getting started.


I learn with others
(Migrating Geese)

I am part of a whole learning community and I know that I can often learn more with others. I also know when it is good to take time to think and work alone.


I ask questions
(Owl)

I ask questions to find things out and to explore ideas so I understand things more deeply. I am persistent.


I challenge myself
(Bee)

I reflect on my learning and make sure I always follow the next best steps to improve. I know that I should always challenge myself because that is when I learn. I am aware of my goals and what I need to do to achieve them.


I don’t give up
(Tortoise)

I know I can learn from my mistakes. I try new strategies. I know how and when to get help from others. I will keep going until I have done my best. I am able to ‘hang in’ with learning even though for a while I may feel confused and even anxious. I am resilient.


I use my imagination
(Unicorn)

I play with ideas and look at things differently even when I don’t quite know where my thoughts are leading.


I make links
(Spider)

I make links between what we experience or learn in school and also what I experience and learn outside school.


Artwork Designer: Billy Jazz Hills Stickley