Churchfields Primary School


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Excellent Learner Behaviours

At Churchfields we recognise that children start school with widely varying skills as learners. Some children start with many of the attributes of excellent learners , but for many these will need to be taught, encouraged and learnt. There is a wealth of evidence suggesting that children’s capacity for learning is not fixed, for example Carol Dweck’s work on “Growth Mindsets.”

At Churchfields we actively teach all our children how to be Excellent Learners. We have identified10 behaviours that are typical of excellent learners.

Excellent Learners:

1 Don’t stay stuck

2 Listen well

3 Ask questions

4 Don’t give up

5 Can learn by themselves

6 Like a challenge

7 Can learn with others

8 Are not scared to make mistakes

9 Make Links

10 Use their environment

 There is an Excellent Learners poster in every classroom and all teachers make sure that when

children are using Excellent Learner Behaviours their name is displayed on the poster on a post it

note so that other children understand that these behaviours will also help them to be excellent

learners. Teachers also build these behaviours into the objectives for their lessons and use them to

set personal targets for individual children. We also use them to structure mainstream integration

for pupils from our Additionally Resourced classes during specialist teaching sessions.


Excellent Learners Poster

Churchfields Primary School

Churchfields Road, Beckenham
Kent, BR3 4QY

T: 020 86505247
F: 020 86633383