Building Learning Powers
at Woodgate Primary School
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 reinforce the ideas by encouraging the children to use their learning language in their everyday lives.
The idea is that the four dispositions (4 Rs) 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?
You may have heard your children already using some of the language that has been introduced in school. Professor Claxton suggests there are four main learning dispositions:
Resilience - not giving up,
Resourcefulness - being able to use a range of learning strategies and knowing what to do when you get stuck,
Reflectiveness - being able to think about yourself as a learner and how you might be able to do this better,
Reciprocity - being able to learn with and from others, as well as on your own.
These dispositions are then split into seventeen learning ‘muscles’ that the children are encouraged to ‘stretch’ within their everyday lessons and activities and apply to different aspects of their learning.