Learning to Learn
It is important to create a love of learning and to teach and promote learning behaviours that will form a foundation for good learning within the classroom and beyond.
As a school, we teach and promote six particular learning behaviours from the Nursery through to Year 6 and we do this through six well known book characters. These six learning behaviours are:
- Being resilient
- Being a risk taker
- Being reflective
- Being resourceful
- Considering relationships
- Being respectful
When being resilient, children try to do the following:
- I can become absorbed in my learning.
- I can recognise and manage distractions.
- I can create my ideal environment for learning.
- I know when I need to take time out to think.
- I am good at noticing things.
- I can use my previous learning.
- I don’t give up when things get tricky.
- I can learn from my mistakes.
- I understand that sometimes learning can be a slow process.
When being a risk taker, children try to do the following:
- I know if I am wrong about something I can still learn from it.
- I can put forward my ideas even if they are not the same as other people’s ideas.
- I think in creative ways and use it to further my learning.
- I know that my thinking might sometimes take me in a different direction.
- I can take risks in order to solve problems.
- I think about risks but I still have a go.
When being reflective, children try to do the following:
- I can plan ahead. I can plan a course of action.
- I can plan for the time and resources I will need.
- I can plan to overcome any obstacles I may meet.
- I can be flexible.
- I can make changes to my plans if necessary.
- I can think about my work as I go along. I can see new opportunities.
- I can think about what is important in my learning.
- I can be my own learning coach.
- I can recognise how I learn best.
- I can talk about how I learn.
- I can talk about my work when it is going well or when it is challenging.
When being resourceful, children try to do the following:
- I am good at asking questions.
- I am curious.
- I can think more deeply during learning.
- I can see connections between different events and experiences.
- I can use my imagination to ask ‘What if … ?’.
- I can work logically and systematically.
- I can give evidence to support my thinking.
- I can spot the strengths and weaknesses in information.
- I can use a wide range of resources appropriately.
- I can spot future opportunities.
When considering relationships, children try to do the following:
- I know when it is best to learn on my own or with others.
- I can share my ideas. I can listen to other people’s ideas.
- I can contribute to and draw strength from a team.
- I can see someone else’s point of view.
- I can imitate other people’s good ideas and good behaviour.
- I can use my knowledge of another person to explain their actions and feelings.
When being respectful, children try to do the following:
- I respect and recognise other people’s viewpoints.
- I respect other people’s property.
- I respect school property.
- I respect school rules.
- I respect the similarities and differences between myself and others.
- I respect my culture and the culture and beliefs of others.