Building Learning Power!
BLP is a strategy we are using to help our children become better learners, who are better "prepared for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of later life"- DfE September 2013. Our school aims for our children include; "to develop enquiring minds and perseverance", as well "to become confident independent learners on the road to life long learning", and "to become polite, respectful and responsible members of society". We have always striven to do this but we believe we have found a way to inspire the children (and staff) to take these aspects of our curriculum a little more seriously. Wherever possible these "powers" are linked to our Christian values and often run side by side in action.
Using this strategy in our every day practise has made a tremendous difference to the quality of learning taking place. I am often blown away by the confidence and ownership displayed by our children even in the Reception Class and Year 1! They talk a language that included words like reflective, resourceful, resilient and reciprocal, reasoning (the five Rs) and understand what that looks like in their learning. We have all embraced it and the children are particularly enjoying improving their own learning techniques. They can recognise their developing skills and know what to do to do it better. They are becoming increasingly confident and independent in their management of their learning behaviours (right across the school!!).
We have developed BLP over the years to include 5 Rs and not 4! We believe reasoning to be such an important element of BLP that we have introduced it as its very own R! We hope this will help the children develop their learning and education even further than before! This process has been based on school research and development on the power of 'logical thinking and reasoning' and the help it can provide children when solving problems on all types.
We tailored the "look" of BLP to suit our school and chose an African theme for our displays and rewards to link with our Tanzanian partnership of the past and our Zambian partnership of the future. The "five Rs" form the back bone of the strategy, and each of these is represented by an African animal that the children decided best displayed the qualities and attributes associated with the word. Many of the children took part in a competition to decide these animals and there were some very well-informed suggestions! We have puppets of these characters for the classes to win each week. The children earn marbles for displaying attributes in the classroom and around school, which are counted up at the end of each week and celebrated during our Celebration Assembly at the end of the day on Friday. The class that has most displayed a particular Power wins the associated puppet.
As with everything we do in our school, we are always looking for ways to improve what we do to make our school better for every aspect of its community, and so we expect this to evolve as time goes by. Your input is important and developing your understanding of what we do and why is just a small part of us helping you to have a clearer picture of your child and the education they receive at Bredon Hancock’s.