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How to be a great learner

Metacognition and becoming a fantastic learner


Learning is not just about facts and remembering things. At John T. Rice Infants, we believe learning is about developing the skills in order to effectively learn. These skills are taught to our children throughout the time they are here and provide them with important tools that allow them to engage fully.  We call these learning skills - learning 'powers' because each of them has a Super Hero character attached. 


The learning skills we focus upon are:


The Keep it up Captain works hard at trying their best - even when things get tricky. They keep it up even when they feel like giving up. They are determined. 



The Link and Learn Hero thinks about what they already know and uses this to help them understand new ideas in their learning. This super power is a very clever super power to have!


The Fantastic Focus super hero makes sure they are listening and paying attention. They try not to miss important information. They use all of their senses to learn. They do not miss a thing!


The Have a go Hero superhero always tries everything when learning. They look at a learning task and say 'Yes I will give it a try!'  


At John T. Rice Infants we believe every children is capable of all of these super hero learning powers and it is our aim to equip them with these tools to ensure they do the very best that they can do in life!


Each of the superhero learning behaviours are displayed in the classrooms and children are encouraged to channel their inner superhero whilst working and learning. 


Assemblies are focussed around these learning powers throughout the year and children are provided with time to think about what each power means. 

We also aim to teach the children a range of words and phrases this encourage these learning powers and promote metacognition.  These words and phrases are displayed in classrooms and grown ups and children are beginning to use them during the day!