Our Learning Style

Our Learning Style – Metacognition Makes Minds

Learning without Limits

Children at St Peter’s are taught self-regulation and self-reliance from the outset, embracing our metacognitive approach to learning. Yoxall St Peter’s children are eager to have a go, are resilient to failure and have an innate yearning to learn about the world in which they live.

Metacognition (derived from the Greek root word “meta” meaning “beyond” and the Latin word “cognoscere” meaning “getting to know”) refers to a student’s ability to be aware of what they are thinking about and choose a helpful thought process. It captures a student’s ability to:

  • Analyse how they think
  • Have high self-awareness and control of their thoughts
  • Choose an appropriate and helpful strategy for the task at hand.

The importance of metacognition in education is on the rise after research suggested that it is one of the most effective and cost-efficient ways to help students make gains in their learning. Evidence shows that students who use metacognitive thinking and related strategies improve in a range of subjects, including Maths, Science and English. Yoxall St Peter’s C of E has been leading the way for over three years now in this field.

Our children are self-critical and can review and comment on their own learning and that of their peers in a thoughtful, reflective way; we believe this engenders an environment that is rich and inclusive, mindful of others and give an opportunity for children to ‘learn without limits.’

No child’s learning is ever capped at Yoxall St Peter’s.


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St Peter's Yoxall C of E Primary School
King Street
DE13 8NF


Partner School in the John Taylor MAT