Building Learning Powers
Pupils at Wheatfields have been taught to ‘Build their Learning Power’ for many years. Building learning power is all about helping pupils to learn better, both in and out of school.
From Nursery to Y2 children are taught to approach their learning with confidence by practising skills to enable them to approach tasks systematically by using different ‘learning muscles’. Research by Guy Claxton has shown that children who apply their BLP skills to the tasks they undertake can think more deeply, concentrate more effectively and enjoy their lessons more. This results in pupils making more progress across all their learning.
Nearly all our pupils need to be prepared for careers which do not yet exist. Building Learning Power prepares youngsters better for this uncertain future by developing the skills needed to become lifelong learners. By developing the 4 R’s, Reciprocity, Reflectiveness, Resourcefulness and Resilience Wheatfields children are learning to work collaboratively or independently, to persevere and have the confidence to approach new learning with enthusiasm and imagination.
Reciprocity in learning is being ready, willing and able to learn alone or with other people - using a sense of independent judgement together with skills in communication and empathy.
Your Reciprocity is made up of...
Independence - taking responsibility for my learning
Knowing when it's appropriate to learn on your own or with others and being able to stand your ground in debate.
Collaboration- sharing and learning together
Knowing how to manage yourself in the give and take of a collaborative venture, respecting and recognising other view points; adding to and drawing from the strength of teams.
Listening & Empathy - listening to others and thinking about how they feel
Contributing to others' experiences by listening to them to understand what they are really saying and putting yourself in their shoes.
Imitation-mirroring what other people do well
Constructively adopting methods, habits or values from other people whom you observe.
Reflectiveness is the abiity to think about what you have learnt
Your Reflectiveness is made up of..
Planning -thinking about where you are going how to get there & what might be challenging
Thinking about where you are going, the action you are going to take, the time and resources you will need to help you
Revising -changing your plans to make it better
Being flexible, changing or adapting your plans along the way
Distilling - what have I learned, why is it important and how can I use it again
Looking at what is being learned - pulling out the essential features and using them to move forward to achieve the task
Resourcefulness is being ready, willing and able to learn in different ways - using both internal and external resources effectively, calling on different ways of learning as appropriate.
Your Resourcefulness is made up of..
Questioning - asks questions
Asking questions of yourself and others.
Being curious and playful with ideas
delving beneath the surface of things.
Making Links - makes links
Seeing connections between disparate events and experiences
- weaving a web of understanding.
Imagining- wonders "what if ....."
Using your imagination and intuition to put yourself through new experiences or to explore possibilities.
Wondering 'what if...?'
Reasoning- thinks and explains why
Calling up your logical and rational skills to work things out methodically and rigorously; constructing good arguments and spotting the flaws in others.
Capitalising - chooses and uses the best resources
Drawing on the full range of resources from the wider world - other people, books, the Internet, past experience, future opportunities....
Resilence is being ready, willing and able to lock onto learning - knowing how to work through difficulties when the pressure mounts or the going gets tough.
Your Resilience is made up of...
Absorption - getting and staying involved in your learning
Being able to lose yourself in learning - becoming absorbed in what your are doing; rapt and attentive, in a state of flow.
Managing Distractions- managing distractions
Recognising and reducing distractions; knowing when to walk away and refresh yourself. Creating your own best environment for learning.
Noticing- looking for detail
Perceiving subtle nuances, patterns and details in experience.
Perseverance - keep going
Keeping going in the face of difficulties, channelling the energy of frustration productively. Knowing what a slow and uncertain process learning often is.