In our school, we have adopted the Guy Claxton approach for Building Learning Powers. The aim of this is to develop students as learners and to raise standards and achievement by doing so. We teach our children that skills for learning are not fixed talents they are born with but, rather, strengths they can develop and grow, just like muscles.
As a Rights Respecting school, we feel this is a very important understanding for all children to have, in order to become lifelong learners. All children have the right to an education and to be given opportunities to learn in a variety of ways.
Being a good learner is about the whole person: their attitudes, values, self image and relationships, as well as their skills and strategies. Being a good real-life learner means knowing what is worth learning; knowing that learning skills can be practised and developed; who can help; how to face difficulty without getting upset; and what the best learning tool is for the job at hand.
The learning powers consist of 4 R’s:
- Reciprocal learners think about how they can work with others.
- Resourceful learners work hard to support their own learning and help themselves to find out new things.
- Reflective learners think carefully about their work and their impact on others learning.
- Resilient learners never ever give up and keep on trying even when things get hard.
We celebrate the children’s learning powers in our ‘Good Learning” assemblies every Monday.
In every class there is a Building Learning Powers display, similar to those shown below.
Want to find out more about Learning Powers at our school? Watch this short video: