Super Learning Powers

At St. Julian’s Primary School, we believe that learning shouldn’t just take place in the classroom or when there’s a teacher present. We want to create life-long, ambitious, capable learners who know how to independently take control of their own learning and more importantly have the skills to be able to do this. Pupils who are more confident of their own learning ability learn faster and learn better. They concentrate more, think harder and find learning more enjoyable.

Based on a combination of Guy Claxton’s ‘Building Learning Power’ initiative and Carol Dweck’s ‘Growth Mindset’ research, we have developed our own approach to helping young people to become better learners, both in school and out.

We have assigned the four dispositions of an effective learner (from Guy Claxton’s BLP) to superheroes…

Professor Resilience

Keeping going is a key part of learning. We encourage the children not to give up, but to keep trying and working hard at their learning! It can be tempting to just give up when things become hard or when we become ‘stuck’, but actually that’s when learning begins. We teach children that being ‘stuck’ or finding things difficult is a good thing and how to be resilient to overcome problems.

Doctor Resourceful

In life, teachers wont magically appear when you raise your hand so children need to know how to use things around them to help them solve problems. We use the ‘3 B4 Me’ strategy, which simply means pupils have to try three strategies before asking the teacher for help (3 B4 Me Poster). This helps children to become independent and considering there are usually around 30 pupils to one teacher, is just as important in the classroom as it is outside of the classroom.

Captain Reflective

This just means ‘Thinking about Learning‘. We encourage the children to think about how they learn and get them to talk about the best ways in which they learn.

Reciprocity Ranger

Working together is essential to building Super Learning Powers. We all have so much to offer each other and so working with others really helps us to improve our learning.
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