At New Oscott we place learning at the heart of all that we do. We are keen to develop independent, reflective learners with the ability to assess their own learning potential and increase their capacity to learn as they develop in age and maturity. We want to equip children with the skills, techniques and vocabulary to talk about their learning more effectively. Building Learning Power is the mechanism through which we are enabling this.



Life-long learning is an essential part of human development. We can continually develop our capacity to learn in new and challenging circumstances throughout our life.

 Professor Guy Claxton suggests that there are four key learning dispositions and it is these four that underpin the Building Learning Power initiative:

  • Resilience
  • Reflectiveness
  • Resourcefulness
  • Reciprocity/social relationships

At New Oscott we use our Learning Heroes to help our young learners understand the four R’s. They are:


Resilience – Polly ‘the Resilient’ Penguin.

I get absorbed in my learning

I don’t give up when learning is hard.

I concentrate really well and I notice everything.


Reflectiveness - Sammy 'The Reflective' Snail.

I am a deep thinker.

I learn from my mistakes.

I enjoy it when I am fully engaged with a new task.

Exerting effort to master something gives me a good feeling.

I use my reflection skills to review and improve my learning.

I am learning to become an effective learner – this takes

lots of effort and skill.


Resourcefulness – Oscar ‘The Resourceful’ Octopus.

I use pictures in my head to support my thinking.

I am confident to ask great questions.

I like to go exploring for the answers and love using I-Pads, computers, books and each other, to increase my knowledge and understanding.


Reciprocity – Bumble ‘The Reciprocal’ Bee.

I’m a good listener.

I like working in a team.

I can work independently too.


Staff at New Oscott model these attributes in lessons and in our Learning Power Assemblies. Children are encouraged to flex their learning muscles in lessons and the key vocabulary is on display in classrooms to help them to do this.

Please click on the link below to view our Building Learning Power Policy:

Building Learning Power Policy