What did you learn in school today?

At our recent assemblies we launched our focus on Metacognition.
Over the coming weeks we will be finding out more about how we can become better learners by understanding how we learn and what strategies we can use to plan, monitor and evaluate our learning.

Our first step is to ensure we use the language of learning.

We want to become skilled at describing our learning – not just the task we did.
To help us, we have a chart of some common learning vocabulary. Please encourage us to use the words on the sheets when we share with you what we have been doing in school.
The aim is that this becomes second nature and that we have the words to help us plan, monitor and evaluate or learning effectively.

Our Learning Vocabulary:


Primary 1

Primary 2- Primary 4

Primary 5-Primary7

You don’t have to just use the one for your class – why not explore the others!

Mindset Moment: The Learning Pit

This week children will continue to practise ‘being in the pit’ and will draw upon all the key attributes and strategies that we have looked at over this focus.

Although this will be the last week of our ‘If I don’t sweat it, I won’t get it’ focus, we will continue to make reference too this learning as children tackle new challenges.

Growth Mindset: The Learning Pit

The Learning Pit is a tool that learners will be introduced to which helps them to visualise the process of managing challenge. When a learner is posed with a question or enquiry that they perceive as ‘hard’ we can support them to tackle this in a positive way.

We will be using the ‘Learning Pit’ which was developed by James Nottingham to help children respond to this cognitive wobble.


Our purpose in school is to learn.


The ideal conditions for new learning:

  • Tackling a  concept or skill that will require dedicated mental and physical response that elicits thoughts such as ‘This is hard’ or ‘I can’t do this’ and then using all the skills discussed previously will result in deep learning. (Even although it feels demanding and stressful!)


Mindset Moment: Resilience

‘We must not only prepare students for tests in life but the tests of life.’

Art Costa

Don’t give up – you are closer than you think!

A focus on Growth Mindset can improve resilience by:

  • Emphasising the belief that ability can be developed
  • Provide opportunities  to reframe challenges and setbacks
  • Normalising mistakes and failure as learning opportunities
  • Encouraging and rewarding persistence and effort
  • Identifying alternative ways of achieving success



Mindset Moment: Resilience

In this first week looking at resilience learners will be given the opportunity to develop an understanding resilience:

Key features of resilience include:

  • Bouncing back
  • Managing emotions
  • See failure as a form of helpful feedback
  • Taking 100% personal responsibility
  • Resourcefulness
  • Problem solving skills

Mindset Moment: Characteristics of a Growth Mindset- The Power of Perseverance

Our aim is to nurture an ethos in the school where children feel confident that they are able to embrace challenge and therefore as a consequence that not being successful first time is part of this process. This builds on the last focus on how making mistakes is an integral part of the learning process.

Persistence is the twin sister of excellence. One is a matter of quality; the other, a matter of time.’ Marabel Morgan

This week children will be looking at the power of perseverance.

Facing challenges requires children to be aware of the characteristics or attributes that they will require in order to be successful. This focusses on the attributes that we should nurture in learners to support them in seeking and managing challenge.

Challenge should be viewed by learners as ideal learning opportunities, a chance to extend their knowledge and skills beyond their current levels. ‘Be a better version of me!’ Continue reading “Mindset Moment: Characteristics of a Growth Mindset- The Power of Perseverance”

Mindset Moment 2: Your Amazing Brain

Many of our classes have been finding out more about our amazing brain. As well as exploring all the different areas of the brain and what they control some children have been looking at how learning affects our brain.

grow your brain