Building Learning Power!

Life-long learning is our birth right and is an essential tool that young people need to be successful in today’s ever-changing world. We need to help our children become better learners, both in school and in life. We can continually develop our capacity to learn in new and challenging circumstances throughout our life.

Developing self-awareness as a learner enables learners to develop successful habits which they can use in the future and continually improve. This greater understanding is portable and will support learning for life.

Research suggests that when children have a good understanding of the learning process they learn faster and learn more effectively. They are more focused, think harder and find learning more enjoyable.

To encourage our children to become life-long learners we have been developing strategies in our teaching to support children’s learning and to continue to raise standards in all areas. We are making learning skills obvious and explicit in our lessons, enabling the children to be more involved in understanding of the process of learning. In the developing field of learning to learn, research suggests that there are several broad dispositions that we need to develop in order to become successful lifelong learners.

  • Resilience is:

Being ready, willing and able to lock into learning. Knowing how to work through difficulties when the pressure mounts or going gets tough.

  • Reflectiveness is:

Being ready and willing to become more strategic about learning – taking a longer term view

by planning, taking stock and drawing out your experiences as a learner to get the best out of


  • Relationships is:

 Knowing when it’s appropriate to learn on your own or with others, and being able to put your view across in class discussions and circle times. Respecting and recognising other points of view. Adding to and drawing from the strength of teams. Adopting methods of learning, picking up habits and values from other people whom you observe.

  •  Resourcefulness is:

      Being ready, willing and ready to learn in different ways – using both internal and external resources effectively, calling on different ways of learning as appropriate.

Our children are developing ‘ St Oswald Super Heroes’ to represent these characteristics .

These dispositions are inherent 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 learning ‘power’. Each of the 4R’s is made up of a number of learning behaviours, which we call learning habits. Because learning habits are specific in nature, they can be individually trained, nurtured and exercised.

We introduce these dispositions to the children as groups of ‘learning muscles’. 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 dispositions that make for success as a life-long learner equates to achieving a good level of all-round learning fitness.

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