Nascot Wood Infant & Nursery School
Nascot Wood Road
Watford
Hertfordshire
WD17 4YT
Tel:01923 239653
admin@nascotwoodinfants.herts.sch.uk
December 21 2016

Building Learning Powers

Ben Swain

What are Learning Powers?

“An approach to help young people to become better learners both in school and out… it’s about creating a culture that cultivates habits and attitudes that enable young people to face difficulty and uncertainty calmly, confidently and creatively.”
-Professor Guy Claxton, founder of BLP

At Nascot Wood Infant and Nursery School, have started a Building Learning Powers journey with the children that will support them in developing the skills needed to become life-long learners. BLP identified seventeen key characteristics which are organised under four main learning power dispositions – Resilience, Resourcefulness, Reflectiveness and Reciprocity.

As a school we identified what we felt were the key learning characteristics, of paramount importance, to young learners and created the 6 Cs, with each characteristic being represented by a mascot:

  • Challenge – Cheetah
  • Curiosity – Cat
  • Choice– Chimp
  • Collaboration – Caterpillar 
  • Concentration – Crocodile
  • Confidence – Camel

The 5 Cs are found throughout all aspects of school life, and are being introduced to the children through a termly  assembly.

BLP slides from the Parent Forum – Building Learning Powers Parent Forum November 2016