Metacognition

Today Year 5 had a challenge! They had to plan and make something that held water. They had 30 minutes to plan and make it. They were going to time how long it could hold water for. The aim was to apply their metacognitive skills.
But what is metacognition?
It is the thinking about thinking- thinking about what you already know about something and using that knowledge. It is very powerful. When we take the time to stop and think about what we already know it means we build on that knowledge and work smarter, rather than rushing into a task.
In this task, talking, discussing, sharing, evaluating along the way is so important.
There were some “cups” that did not hold water for more than 1 second, so it did not do its job. Others held water for over 100 seconds, a couple went for over 800 seconds!
Excellent challenge Year 5.

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