At Charnwood Primary Academy we recognise the importance of supporting our children to understand not only what they learn but also the process of how they learn.
Our decision to use the Thinking Moves as a method for teaching pupils about metacognition was based on its accessibility. It takes something deep and makes it amazingly simple.
Pupils are taught and use the Thinking Moves from Nursery to Year 6. It supports children in recognising the ways they are processing, evaluating and committing their learning to memory. The Thinking Moves can be seen throughout school and throughout all subjects and pupils are more aware of their part in the learning journey as a result.
The EEF states:
Self-regulated learners are aware of their strengths and weaknesses, and can motivate themselves to engage in, and improve, their learning.
Developing pupils’ metacognitive knowledge of how they learn—their knowledge of themselves as a learner, of strategies, and of tasks—is an effective way of improving pupil outcomes.
Teachers should support pupils to plan, monitor, and evaluate their learning.