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Building Learning Power

Tenterden Infant School: Building Learning Power

Building Learning Power’s main focus is on helping children to become better learners, enabling children to become emotionally engaged, use resources to the full, engage socially and take responsibility for their own learning.

One of the key things about the “BLP” ethos is the fact that not only is it ok to get stuck or not know the answer, but that it is a recognised good tool for finding out the answers. 

The key words for parents to look out for are: RECIPROCITY, REFLECTIVENESS, RESOURCEFULNESS and RESILIENCE. They represent the four aspects of learning; Emotional, Cognitive, Strategic and Interpersonal.

The four dispositions explained:


includes:          TOUGH TORTOISE

Absorption – becoming engrossed in learning

Managing distractions – recognising and reducing interruptions

Noticing – observing patterns and details

Perseverance – keeping going when things get difficult



includes:          SUPER SQUIRREL

Questioning – being curious and asking questions

Making Links – making connections between events and experiences

Imagining – using the mind to explore new ideas and experiences

Reasoning – working things out step by step

Capitalising – making good use of people and resources



includes:   WISE OWL

Planning - deciding what to do in advance

Revising – changing and monitoring plans along the way

Distilling – selecting the most important information and

carrying it forward to use in new experiences

Meta-learning – knowing yourself as a learner and being aware

of how you learn best.



includes:     ACTION ANT

Interdependence – knowing how to work independently and with others

Collaboration – working with others as a team

Empathy – considering the feelings of others

Listening – paying attention to what others are saying

Imitation – copying good behaviours, habits and attitudes from others