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Our Learning Powers

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Characteristics of Effective Learning (how we learn)


Characteristics of Effective Learning are a key element in the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum. Through play, we are learning to become effective and motivated learners. 


The three characteristics are:


Playing and exploring - finding out and exploring, playing with what they know and being willing to ‘have a go’.

Active Learning - being involved and concentrating, persevering and enjoying achieving what they set out to do.

Creating and thinking critically - having their own ideas, making links and choosing ways to do things.


We have bought these characteristics of learning to life by linking them to dinosaur themed learning powers! The learning dinosaurs encourage our children to be motivated learners and use language to explain the skills they use while learning. We celebrate with the children when they demonstrate the skills represented by one of the dinosaur characters. 


Let's find out about our learning dinosaurs:



Focusrex - He tries his best and concentrates well on activities.

Tryosaur - He does not give up and keeps on trying even when something is tricky.

Riskotop - He shows a can do attitude and courage when trying something new.

Exploraptor - He enjoys finding out things, exploring and investigating!

Solvodon - He finds different ways to solves problems!

Challengosaurus - She stretches her brain by having a go at new things and taking on challenges!

Thinkodocus - She thinks creatively, has her own ideas and make links between her ideas and experiences!