IntroductionThe 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
- flow; the pleasure of being rapt in learning
- Managing Distractions:
- recognising and reducing interruptions
- really sensing what’s out there
- stickability; tolerating the feelings of learning
- getting below the surface; being curious
- Making Links:
- seeking coherence, relevance and meaning
- using the mind’s eye as a learning theatre
- thinking rigorously and methodically
- making good use of resources
- balancing self-reliance and sociability
- the skill of learning with others
- getting inside others’ minds
- a dynamic process to gain insight and understanding
- picking up others’ habits and values
- working learning out in advance
- monitoring and adapting along the way
- drawing out the lessons from experience
- understanding learning, and yourself as a learner
StructureEach 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
StartingMade 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.
StretchingMade 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.
ProgressingMade up of:
- Statements that sum up what you are trying to achieve in building the learning power capacity.
- Unaware – unconscious use,
- Beginning – early awareness,
- Developing – conscious development.