Building Learning Power

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At DVIS we want all the children to think about HOW they learn as well as about WHAT they are learning. These learning powers will be woven into and throughout our learning and broad and balanced curriculum.

We will be focusing on one learning power a term and this term we are finding out more about Resourcefulness. We have chosen Miss Curious as a symbol for this!

  • Questioning - Asking questions of yourself and others. Being curious and playful with ideas – delving beneath the surface of things.
  • Making Links - Seeing connections between disparate events and experiences – building patterns – weaving a web of understanding.
  • Imagining - Using your imagination and intuition to put yourself through the new experiences or to explore possibilities. Wondering What if…?
  • Reasoning - Calling up your logical and rational skills to work things out methodically and rigorously; constructing good arguments, and spotting the flaws in others'.
  • Capitalising - Drawing on the full range of resources from the wider world – other people, books, the Internet, past experience, future opportunities...

pdflogoChild friendly guide to Resourcefulness

Another learning power we use is Resilience. We have chosen Mr Bump as a symbol for this!

Mr Bump has powers that he uses for when he gets knocked over and needs to show resilience. The powers Mr Bump has for resilience include:

  • Absorption - Being able to lose yourself in learning — becoming absorbed in what you are doing; rapt and attentive, in a state of ‘flow’.
  • Managing Distractions - Recognising and reducing distractions; knowing when to walk away and refresh yourself. Creating your own best environment for learning.
  • Noticing - Perceiving subtle nuances, patterns and details in experience.
  • Perseverance - Keeping going on even in the face of difficulties, channelling the energy of frustration productively. Knowing what a slow and uncertain process learning often is.

We will keep you updated on how and when we discuss more aspects of the learning powers on this webpage and our newsletters.

pdflogoChild friendly guide to Resilience
pdflogoBuilding Learning Power at DVIS presentation for parents.


To start with ... take a look at this song from the animation film Trolls and enjoy!

To hear about the Learning Pit by James Nottingham click here. To see an image of the learning pit, click here.

To see an image explaining the theory of the Growth Mindset by Carol Dweck, click here.