Learning Behaviours

At Harry Gosling this year we have a focus on growing our brains so we can be the best learners possible.  We have adapted Guy Claxton's approach to learning behaviours to suit the needs of our pupils.  Every third week we have a whole school assembly where we learn about a new learning behaviour.  Each learning behaviour is linked to a familiar story so the pupils are able to see the learning behaviours in action and understand how to apply them.  This enables our pupils to then go back into their lessons and have a go at practising this particular learning behaviour.  Each phase then has a weekly assembly where two children from each class are awarded for demonstrating that learning behaviour throughout the week.  


In the summer term we learnt about being resourceful.  Resourcefulness linked to the story Goldilocks and The Three Bears.  Read below to see the different learning behaviours we focused on over the term.

Resourcefulness is being ready, willing and able to learn by having the right attitude and the right equipment.  

Questioning: Asking questions to find out more information or clarify understanding.  

Reasoning: The act of thinking about something in a sensible and logical way, and drawing conclusions from facts and evidence.

Imagining: The act of using your imagination to explore new possibilities and try new things.

Capitalising: The act of drawing of a full range of resources (books, internet, people) to help with the learning process.

During the spring term we focused on the learning behaviour reciprocity.  Reciprocity has been linked to the story of the Little Red Hen.  Read below to see the learning behaviours the children focused on this term.

Reciprocity is a mutual exchange in a relationship. Each individual in the group or pair gains something from working together.  

Collaboration:The act of working with someone or a group of people to produce something.

 Imitation: The act of copying another learner's actions to make ourselves better learners.  

Interdependence: The act of being dependent on others who are able to help you with something you find difficult.  

In the autumn term we  focused on being resilient in our work.  Being resilient has been linked to the story of Jack and the Beanstalk. Read below to see the learning behaviours the children focused on during the autumn term.

Resilience is about being ready and willing to learn. It is knowing how to work through difficulties when the pressure mounts or the work gets tough.  

Perseverance: To keep at something in spite of difficulties, opposition or discouragement.  

Managing Distractions: Recognising and reducing distractions, knowing when to walk away and refresh yourself.  Creating your own best environment for learning.  

Absorption: When your mind is completely occupied with the task at hand.  It is the process of something you have learnt soaking in.  

Noticing: You notice how things look, what they are made of, or how they behave.  You can identify significant detail.