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Building Learning Power   Together!


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We are exercising our Brain Power and stretching our Thinking Muscle!

At Goldfield we are committed to building children’s learning power; not just what they are learning, but more importantly learning how to learn. One of the major developments in recent years has been the introduction of Professor Guy Claxton’s pioneering work on helping young people become better independent learners, which suggests that there are four learning dispositions we are calling these - Perseverance, Resourcefulness, Reflectiveness and co-operation.

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  • Perseverance - being ready, willing and able to learn and sustain concentration
    resilience, managing distractions, absorption, noticing, concentration, determination
  • Resourcefulness - being ready, willing and able to learn in different ways
    questioning, capitalising, making links, reasoning, imagining, creating, independence  
  • Reflectiveness - being ready, willing and able to become more strategic about learning
    planning, evaluating, distilling, revising, thinking, reviewing, considering
  • Co-operation - being ready, willing and able to learn alone and with others
    imitation, interdependence, empathy, concern, listening, collaboration

Just as bodies can become fitter, so too can minds - learning how to learn will prepare the children for the future equipping them to become motivated and enthusiastic life-long learners.

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What is your learning superpower?
Flex your learning muscles!

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being ready, willing and able to sustain


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being ready, willing and able to

  • Absorption Learning Muscle; you become engrossed in what you are doing; you are unaware of time passing
  • Managing Distraction Learning Muscle; you know what distracts you, you try to minimise distractions, you settle back quickly after an interruption
  • Noticing Learning Muscle; you notice how things look, what they are made of, or how they behave, you can identify significant detail
  • Perseverance Learning Muscle; you are not put off by being stuck, you keep on going despite difficulties and find ways to overcome them, you recognise that learning can be a struggle
  • Questioning Learning Muscle; you are curious about things and people, you often wonder why, you play with ideas, asking "How come?" and "What if?"
  • Making Links Learning Muscle; you look for connections between experiences or ideas, you find pleasure in seeing how things fit together, you make patterns
  • Imagining Learning Muscle; you picture how things might look, sound, feel, be; you let your mind explore and play with possibilities and ideas
  • Reasoning Learning Muscle; you create logical arguments, you deduce what might happen, you look for evidence
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being ready, willing and able to become


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being ready, willing and able to
  • Planning Learning Muscle; you think about what you want to get out of learning, you plan the steps you might take, you access which resources you may need
  • Revising Learning Muscle; you are ready to revise your plans as you go along, monitor how things are going, change your plans when you've had a better idea
  • Distilling Learning Muscle; you mull over experiences, draw out useful lessons from experiences, think about where else you might use these lessons
  • Meta-Learning Muscle; you are interested in how you learn as an individual, know your strengths and weaknesses as a learner, are interested in becoming a better learner
  • Interdependence Learning Muscle; you know how much interaction you need with others to assist your learning, you make informed choices about working on your own or with others
  • Collaboration Learning Muscle; you manage your feelings when working with others, you understand the ground rules of team work, you are able to work effectively as part of a pair or team
  • Empathy and Listening Learning Muscle; you put yourself in other people's shoes to see the world from their point of view, show you are listening by eye contact and body language, hear feelings and thoughts behind someone's words
  • Imitation Learning Muscle; you are ready to learn from others, notice the approach and detail of how others do things


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SHANARRI represents the eight area that are considered essential for optimum welling, which together contribute to excellent physical and emotional health. Please click SHANARRI for further information of Shanarri at Goldfield

Bucket Fill-osophy

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Being part of a large community makes the development of social skills and building of successful relationships very important. As our children are so young the areas of 'empathy' and 'respect', seeing things from someone else's point of view are often still developing. With this in mind we are continuing our BLP 'bucket fillosophy', encouraging the children to 'fill each others buckets' with love and care to help build consideration and kindness. An act of kindness is reward with a heart wich is placed in the silver bucket in the headteacher's office. Last year around a thousand hearts were added to the bucket (that's a lot of care and acts of kindness).

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We are all trying to be bucket fillers doing our best to make everyone feel happy and special!

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BLP - 'Resilience' Character Challenge

BLP - 'Resilience' Character Challenge

Please click Resilience Character Challenge to see more!

To see more of our Building Learning Power Activities please click:-

Superhero House Teams, House Teams Scoreboard, Superhero Day, Superhero Day Celebrations, BLP Birthday Challenge, Goldfield Gazette, BLP Creative Challenge, My Money Week Hero Messages, Goldfield Superhero Song, Polly Perseverance Song

Please keep watching for developments and further information, including interactive activities for our children - new features are on the way!

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Christchurch Road, Tring, Hertfordshire HP23 4EE

Tel: 01442 823551 Email:

Headteacher: Mrs Debora Stevens