Cumberland Infant School

Characteristics of Effective Learning

Playing and Exploring - Engagement

Finding out and exploring

      • Showing curiosity about objects, events and people
      • Using senses to explore the world around them
      • Engaging in open-ended activity
      • Showing particular interests

 

Playing with what they know

      • Pretending objects are things from their experience
      • Representing their experiences in play
      • Taking on a role in their play
      • Acting out experiences with other people Being willing to ‘have a go’
      • Initiating activities
      • Seeking challenge
      • Showing a ‘can do’ attitude
      • Taking a risk, engaging in new experiences, and learning by trial and error

 

Being willing to ‘have a go’

      • Initiating activities
      • Seeking challenge
      • Showing a ‘can do’ attitude
      • Taking a risk, engaging in new experiences, and learning by trial and error

Active Learning - Motivation

Being involved and concentrating

      • Maintaining focus on their activity for a period of time
      • Showing high levels of energy, fascination
      • Not easily distracted • Paying attention to details

Keeping on trying

      • Persisting with activity when challenges occur
      • Showing a belief that more effort or a different approach will pay off
      • Bouncing back after difficulties Enjoying achieving what they set out to do

Enjoying achieving what they set out to do

      • Showing satisfaction in meeting their own goals
      • Being proud of how they accomplished something – not just the end result
      • Enjoying meeting challenges for their own sake rather than external rewards or praise

 

Creating and Thinking Critically –Thinking

Having their own ideas

      • Thinking of ideas
      • Finding ways to solve problems
      • Finding new ways to do things

Making links

      • Making links and noticing patterns in their experience
      • Making predictions
      • Testing their ideas
      • Developing ideas of grouping, sequences, cause and effect

 

Choosing ways to do things

      • Planning, making decisions about how to approach a task, solve a problem and reach a goal
      • Checking how well their activities are going
      • Changing strategy as needed
      • Reviewing how well the approach worked