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Learning Powers

We believe that as well as learning knowledge and skills, it is important that children learn how to learn. We have used research from Professor Guy Claxton to help formulate our approach to helping young people become better learners.

‘Since we cannot know what knowledge will be needed in the future, it is senseless to try to teach it in advance. Instead, our job must be to turn out young people who love learning so much, and who learn so well, that they will be able to learn whatever needs to be learned.’                John Holt

Learning Powers allow us to develop a common language for learning across the school. The language of Building Learning Power is used in all classrooms, with all children, where it enables all children to talk about learning to learn. We refer to the four dispositions (4Rs) as a group of ‘learning muscles’. Just as we can build out physical muscles with the right exercise, learning muscles can also be developed and can grow in strength and stamina. It is these dispositions that we are aiming to develop in the children.

Langshott Learning Powers


Learning Dispositions

How children build learning muscles

How you can support your child at home



  • I don’t give up even when learning is hard
  • I like to be challenged
  • I don’t let myself get distracted                              
  • I get absorbed in my learning


  • Demonstrate/model sticking at things even if they are difficult
  • Talk about how you feel when you are taking on challenges
  • Praise your child when they persevere but also encourage them to take a break when they have had enough
  • Help them to find interests and activities that are really absorbing
  • Talk with them about what help them to concentrate and manage distractions


  • We can work independently but we are also good team players
  • We can put ourselves in someone else’s shoes and can show empathy
  • We are good listeners
  • We like to congratulate others on their ideas
  • Demonstrate/model being a good learner
  • Work, play and learn alongside your children, enabling them to pick up good habits through imitation
  • Make expectations of turn-taking and cooperation clear




  • I try to find things out for myself.
  • I use the resources around me.
  • I link what I have already learned to help me learn new things.
  • I use pictures in my head to help my thinking.
  • I ask great questions.
  • I like to go exploring for answers
  • Encourage questions
  • Demonstrate making links between different ideas
  • Don’t allow your child’s imagination to shrivel up!
  • Help them to find ways of using resources such as reference books, dictionaries, the Internet







  • I am reflective and I think careful about my learning.
  • I plan my learning and like using my everyday experiences to help me.
  • I can review and redo to improve my learning
  • I enjoy talking about the progress I am making.
  • I learn from my mistakes.
  • Encourage them to take responsibility for preparing for school
  • Ask not what they did at school, but what they learned
  • Help them to think about, and plan, activities
  • Encourage flexibility and the ability to change a plan if necessary