At Plympton St Maurice Primary School we believe that learning should be a life-long enterprise. We aim to develop our pupils Learning Power, not just so they can complete school learning more easily and effectively, but so they will leave school with the ‘disposition’ (a set of habits and attitudes) which will serve them well as they boldly go through the journey of life.
BLP is about learning how to be a better learner. It is about the individual learner, their personal ‘disposition’ towards learning. The BLP ‘capacities’ are a set of ‘learning muscles’ that need to be exercised so that they grow strong. This is something that can be learnt, practised and improved.
It is about creating habits and attitudes which enable pupils to face difficulty and uncertainty calmly, confidently and creatively. It is about practical strategies that can be used in real situations. It is not a subject in itself, rather it is a ‘framework’ that sits within and across all lessons.
BLP is divided into 4 DISPOSITIONS, with each of these sub-divided into CAPACITIES. Each of these focuses on a specific learning attribute / strategy to help the learner to ‘get better at learning’.
Across lessons and subjects teachers and pupils refer to the dispositions and capacities that are being practiced and that could be useful for the task. Sometimes there will be specific activities relating to a capacity, other times it will be a simple reference. In every classroom there is a display that points to the specific disposition and capacities that are in focus during that term. Teachers and pupils regularly refer to this.
In Assemblies we find opportunities to tease out these learning attributes, as appropriate. Each week, in Achievement Assembly, a pupil from each class is awarded a certificate for either
Our first steps are to gradually teach the pupils the meanings of each Disposition and their Capacities. One Disposition is focused each term:
From January 2013
Spring Term 3
Resilience – (Knowing how to work through difficulties)
Spring Term 4
Resourcefulness – (Willing to learn indifferent ways using lots of resources)
Summer Term 5
Reflectiveness – (Learning by planning and reflecting on their work)
Summer Term 6
Reciprocity – (Learning alone or with others)