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Introduction (Preview)


The BLP Activity Bank (Foundation and Key Stage 1 Version) aims to assist teachers to:
  • Introduce pupils to their learning power
  • Help pupils to increase their use of effective learning habits
  • Infuse the development of learning habits into the curriculum
  • Recognise and plan for progression in learning power
The content is organised around the learning dispositions (sometimes known as the 4 R’s), and capacities described in Professor Guy Claxton’s Building Learning Power. Teachers using the Activity Bank should have at least a basic knowledge and understanding of these BLP ideas.


  • Absoroption:
    • flow; the pleasure of being rapt in learning
  • Managing Distractions:
    • recognising and reducing interruptions
  • Noticing:
    • really sensing what’s out there
  • Perseverance:
    • stickability; tolerating the feelings of learning


  • Questioning:
    • getting below the surface; being curious
  • Making Links:
    • seeking coherence, relevance and meaning
  • Imagining:
    • using the mind’s eye as a learning theatre
  • Reasoning:
    • thinking rigorously and methodically
  • Capitalising:
    • making good use of resources


  • Interdependence:
    • balancing self-reliance and sociability
  • Collaboration:
    • the skill of learning with others
  • Empathy:
    • getting inside others’ minds
  • Listening:
    • a dynamic process to gain insight and understanding
  • Imitation:
    • picking up others’ habits and values


  • Planning:
    • working learning out in advance
  • Revising:
    • monitoring and adapting along the way
  • Distilling:
    • drawing out the lessons from experience
  • Meta-learning:
    • understanding learning, and yourself as a learner


Each learning capacity is covered in three ways:
  • Starting – introducing the capacity through stories and discussion
  • Stretching – experiencing the use of the capacity through a range of activities
  • Progressing – looking for and recognising progression in the use of the capacity
As you become more familiar with the material you will be able to mix these ideas with you own and profitably expand the range of activities.


Made up of:
  • Explanations of the ideas that make up a learning power capacity.
  • Original Stories through which to introduce the capacities to pupils.
  • Questions to enable discussion of the story and its capacity.
  • Taster activities to introduce using the capacity.


Made up of:
  • Stretching activities that give pupils further experience of using a capacity. Original resources for some capacities.
  • or Nurturing the capacity – a range of ideas to try in the classroom.
  • and More ideas – a rich range of suggestions to establish the use of the capacity.


Made up of:
  • Statements that sum up what you are trying to achieve in building the learning power capacity.
Progression levels – statements about how the use of the capacity might look at these levels:
  • Unaware –  unconscious use,
  • Beginning – early awareness,
  • Developing –  conscious development.
Reward stickers to use when recognising the use of learning power behaviours.
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