The Federation of Briar Hill Infant and St Margaret’s C of E Junior Schools

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Briar Hill Infant School

Building Learning Power

Mrs Foreman is our Building Learning Power lead


At Briar Hill we are committed to building young people’s learning power; not just what they are learning, but more importantly learning how to learn. We apply Professor Guy Claxton’s pioneering work on helping young people become better independent learners, which suggests that there are four learning dispositions - Resilience, Resourcefulness, Reflectiveness and Relating. Just as people go to a gym to develop their physical fitness, pupils come to Briar Hill Infant School to develop their learning fitness. Building Learning Power is an integral part of lessons, assemblies and all that we do.


The four R’s have various ‘learning muscles’ which can be stretched, trained and made more efficient:
Resilience - Perseverance, Managing Distractions, Absorption, Noticing
Resourcefulness - Questioning, Capitalising, Making Links, Reasoning, Imagining
Reflectiveness - Planning, Meta-learning, Distilling, Revising
Relating - Imitation, Interdependence, Empathy and Listening, Collaboration

Please open and read the leaflet below for further information about BLP

Our children use BLP vocabulary and have a greater understanding about positive and effective attitudes to learning.


Children using their Learning Powers at Briar Hill School

BLP learning
BLP learning
 what can we do when we get stuck!
using our listening skills during our PSHE
 making links
 noticing - carrying out a science investigation
perseverance when solving a maths problem
collaboration - working together to generate ideas


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Welcome to our website. Please go to the Testimonials, Year Group and Learning in Action pages for a window into our wonderful schools. We aspire that everyone at Briar Hill Infant School and St. Margaret's CE Junior School will 'Flourish as a family, love to learn, make memories, shine!'