Our Learning Powers

We have been ‘learning to learn’ through the introduction of our ‘Woodland Friends’ who show us what good learning looks like in practice. The aim of this initiative is to teach children to become better learners by helping them recognise what their learning styles are and what they need to do to develop these skills further in order to become a lifelong learner.

Effective Lifelong Learning

Our approach is based upon ‘The Effective Lifelong Learning Inventory’ (ELLI) which involves developing six learning characteristics which enable the learner to face difficulties calmly, confidently and creatively. The children are then better prepared to approach their learning using, the skills and tools taught.

How our Woodland Friends help us learn to learn

Our Woodland Friends will be popping up all around school, to help the children become used to associating them with learning behaviours that they see in themselves.



  • I like to get below the surface of things and see what is really going on.
  • I like to work things out for myself, and to ask my own questions.
  • I tend to go looking for things to learn, rather than just responding to problems that come my way.
  • I’m attracted to learning and have a good deal of energy for learning tasks and situations.
  • I value getting at the truth.


tortoiseKeeping Going

  • I tend to stick at things for a while, even when they are difficult. I don’t give up easily.
  • I often enjoy grappling with things that aren’t easy.
  • I can handle the feelings that can crop up during learning: frustration, confusion, apprehension and so on.
  • I’m not easily upset or embarrassed when I can’t immediately figure something out
  • I don’t immediately look for someone to help me out when I am finding things difficult, or when I get stuck.

BeeWorking Together

  • I like working on problems with other people, especially my friends.
  • I have no difficulty sharing thoughts and ideas with others, and find it useful.
  • I am quite capable of working away at problems on my own, and sometimes prefer it.
  • I don’t feel I have to stick with the crowd for fear of being lonely or isolated, when I’m learning.
  • I have important people at home and in my community who share with me in my learning.

spiderMaking Connections

  • I tend to look for patterns, connections and coherence in what I am learning
  • I seek links between new situations and what I already know or am interested in.
  • I like to make sense of new things in terms of my own experience and I like learning about what matters to me.

owlThe Bigger Picture

  • I tend to think about my learning, and plan how I am going to go about it.
  • I usually have a fair idea how long something is going to take me, what resources I will need, and my chances of being successful.
  • I am able to talk about the process of learning – how I go about things – and about myself as a learner – what my habits, preferences, aspirations, strengths and weaknesses are.