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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.