Building Learning Power

A guide for parents

At Pyrcroft Grange Primary School we believe that learning should be a life-long enterprise.  We aim to develop our pupils' Learning Power, not just so they can complete school learning more easily and effectively, but so that they will leave school with the 'disposition' (a set of habits and attitudes) which will serve them well as they boldly go through the journey of life.

What is BLP all about?

BLP is about learning how to be a better learner.  It is about the individual learner and their personal 'disposition' towards learning.  The BLP 'capacities' are a set of learning muscles that need to be exercised so that they grow strong.  This is something that can be learnt, practised and improved.

  • It is a learning culture that encourages children and teachers to become better learners
  • It allows children to approach difficulties in learning without fear of failure
  • It allows children to take small steps within learning
  • It develops confidence
  • It is not additional to teaching but should be grounded within everyday teaching and learning
  • It gives clear labels for the children to use to develop understanding of learning processes

Why are we Building Learning Power?

We believe that BLP is beginning to allow us to develop a common language for learning across the school.  The language is used in all classrooms, with all children.  This helps everyone talk about understanding learning to learn.  We hope that this understanding will begin to spill over into life outside school, where you will be able to reference the ideas by encouraging the children to use their learning language in their everyday lives.

The idea is that the four dispositions (4 R's) are like a group of 'learning muscles'.  Just as we can build our physical muscles with the right kind of exercise, learning muscles can also be developed and can grow in strength and stamina.  It is these we are aiming to develop in the children.

What does BLP look like?

There are four main learning dispositions:

  1. Resilience: not giving up
  2. Resourcefulness:  being able to use a range of learning strategies and knowing what to do when you get stuck
  3. Reflectiveness:  being able to think about yourself as a learner and how you might be able to do this better
  4. Reciprocity: being able to learn with and focus from others, as well as on your own

Building Learning Power at Home

Well done James you have been developing the learning power muscle Reciprocity outside of school.

Note from James’s Mum; Outside of school James is part of several football teams. During his training he has to listen to his coach and follow instructions to perform the circuits set up. He also has to work as part of a team, signalling and watching his team mates to keep the ball moving with the aim of scoring a goal.