We believe that children will become effective, lifelong learners if they possess the skills that will help them have a growth mindset and an ability to keep going even if they find things difficult.
The work of Professor Guy Claxton stresses the need to teach children tools and skills that will help to build their learning power and teach them how to 'learn to learn'.
e.g. collaborative learning; effective communication, ability to understand and follow class and school rules
e.g. ability to apply knowledge and skills in new situations; willingness to learn from mistakes and take risks; ability to revise planning and review own learning
e.g. effort, perseverance and ability to complete tasks; ability to work with energy and enthusiasm, even when the learning is challenging; demonstration of good levels of concentration
e.g. independent learning; ability to problem solve and think creatively; sense of enquiry
e.g. taking care in presentation of learning; demonstrating politeness and good manners; respecting the views of other people, cultures and beliefs
e.g. working on personal targets and learning at home; striving for personal best.
As a school we believe that by developing these 6R skills the children will become more effective, life-long learners who understand why they learn and have a desire to continue to learn.