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Our Learning Characteristics (Junior)

At The Wroughton Primary Federation, 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'.

The schools supports Guy Claxton’s beliefs that what students require is not to be spoon-fed facts, many of which they will never make use of, but the ability to know what to do when they don’t know what to do.

At Wroughton we focus on 8 main characteristics of learning which were based initially on the work of Guy Claxton. We have evolved these in order to suit our children and prepare them for their next stage in education. The characteristics are:

  • Open-mindedness
  • Curiosity
  • Participation
  • Empathy
  • Independence
  • Risk Taking
  • Resilience
  • Leadership

As a school we believe that by developing these skills the children will become more effective, lifelong learners who understand why they learn and have a desire to continue to learn.

We link this understanding of learning to our values and school ethos. The two areas we believe are interchangeable.

How will our school’s benefit?

• A change in children’s attitudes to learning

• Strategies to use to promote learning

• A common language for talking about learning

• A means of giving specific praise

• A change in staff attitudes to tackling difficulties

• A sense of a whole school community

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