In order to encourage greater responsibility for our children’s learning and development, we have developed a set of seven key Learning Dispositions. These are: Empathy and Humility, Responsibility, Resilience, Reflectiveness, Thoroughness and Focus, Imagination, Courage and Self-belief.
We hope that by focussing on our learning dispositions the children will become better and more successful learners. We want the children to become more curious, to think for themselves and to develop their imaginative and creative instincts. The children are encouraged to take a risk with their learning and to be ready to learn with and through others. We want them to enjoy throwing themselves into difficult tasks and to have the self-belief to respond confidently and creatively to the challenges they will encounter at school.
We believe that these dispositions can be taught but feel they can’t be taught effectively as a one-off lesson. Therefore we give our children the necessary time, patience and regular opportunities to practise these skills so they can develop into confident learners. Our seven Learning Dispositions are frequently discussed and referred to. We encourage the children to challenge themselves and to reflect and learn from their mistakes. Our Learning Dispositions are highlighted in moments of triumph as well as during times of difficulty and challenge.
Children’s successes with our Learning Dispositions are regularly recognised and celebrated alongside their other achievements across the curriculum. Each classroom also has a Learning Dispositions display so the children can familiarise themselves with and understand each disposition. Our seven Learning Dispositions are an integral part of each child’s experience at Alleyn’s Junior School and will hopefully allow them to develop as learners throughout their time here and also beyond.