Building Learning Power
MEET OUR ANIMAL SUPERHEROES!
WHAT IS BUILDING LEARNING POWER?
Lifelong learning is our birthright. We can continually develop our capacity to learn in new and
challenging circumstances throughout our life.
Building Learning Power is designed to help children learn how to learn.
Learning power involves building and developing particular habits of mind to enable young people to face difficulties calmly, confidently and creatively and so be better prepared as lifelong learners.
Learning about learning has an impact on children's achievements.
What do good learners do?
Embrace the task
Have different strategies to tackle tasks
Articulate their thinking
The 5 Rs
In the developing field of learning to learn, research suggests that there are several broad characteristics that we need to develop in order to become successful learners. Professor Guy Claxton suggests that there are four key learning characteristics to help us become lifelong learners:
Reciprocity - Relationships
We have added a fifth key learning characteristic which is:
We call these the 5 Rs.
We have adapted these to use at our school or home and to practice them in our learning everyday.
We have introduced these characteristics to the children as groups of learning powers which each of our
Superhero Animals possess. These characteristics are in all of us.
They are not fixed at birth or when we leave school.
They can be developed in everyone regardless of current ability or age.
There are no limits to extending our power to learn. Just as we can build our physical muscles by the right kind of exercise, we can also exercise our learning muscles to develop strength and stamina. Developing the characteristics that make for success as a lifelong learner equates to achieving a good level of
all-round learning fitness. All staff will encourage these skills in all aspects of school life.
Our Superhero Animals come from the countryside around our school which we are calling Learning Land.