The Russell School

Effective Learning Skills

At The Russell School, children are taught to recognise and become skilled in the different  features of effective learning behaviour. Children self assess themselves against the learning skills (below) and set themselves new targets to work towards.   

Try new things

 Finding things that we are good at builds our confidence.

 Work hard

 If we want to get really good at something there are no short cuts. Accomplishment is all about practise and hard work. There are no short cuts to become really good at something.

Concentrate

 Avoid distraction and focus your attention on your learning. Try to notice when your concentration begins to drift off and refocus your thoughts on the task you are completing.

Challenge yourself

 Be brave and push yourself out of your comfort zone.

Improve

 Great things do not happen suddenly. They are the result of practise, refinement and perseverance.

Understand others

 Listen carefully to others and think about ‘What can I give?’ rather than asking ‘What’s in it for me?’ 

Never give up

 Difficulties, setbacks and making mistakes are all part of the learning process. Learn from your mistakes, try again and persevere until you are successful.

 

Children are rewarded by a certificate when they have mastered each of the effective learning skills at either bronze, silver or gold level.

 

Bronze

Silver

Gold

Try new things

  • Try new things with the help of others.
  • Talk about some things of personal interest.
  • Join in with familiar activities.
  • Concentrate on things of interest.
  • Try new things when encouraged.
  • Enjoy new experiences.
  • Join clubs or groups.
  • Talk about new experiences with others.
  • Enjoy new things and take opportunities wherever possible.
  • Find things to do that give energy.
  • Become fully involved in clubs or groups.

Work hard

  • Work hard with the help of others.
  • Enjoy the results of effort in areas of interest.
  • Take encouragement from others in areas of interest.
  • Enjoy working hard in a range of activities.
  • Reflect on how effort leads to success.
  • Begin to encourage others to work hard.
  • Understand the benefits of effort and commitment.
  • Continue to practise even when accomplished.
  • Encourage others by pointing out how their efforts gain results.

Concentrate

  • Give attention to areas of interest.
  • Begin to ‘tune out’ to distractions.
  • Begin to show signs of concentration.
  • Begin to seek help when needed.
  • Focus on activities.
  • 'Tune out’ some distractions.
  • Search for methods to help with concentration.
  • Develop areas of deep interest.
  • Give full concentration.
  • ‘Tune out’ to most distractions.
  • Understand techniques and methods that aid concentration.
  • Develop expertise and deep interest in some things.

Challenge

  • Express doubts and fears.
  • Explains feelings in uncomfortable situations.
  • Begin to push past fears (with encouragement).
  • Listen to people who try to help.
  • Begin to try to do something more than once.
  • Begin to understand why some activities feel uncomfortable.
  • Show a willingness to overcome fears.
  • Push past fears and reflect upon the emotions felt afterwards.
  • Begin to take encouragement and advice from others.
  • Keep trying after a first attempt.
  •  Find ways to push past doubts, fears or a drop in motivation even in challenging circumstances.
  • Challenge self in areas that are not so enjoyable.
  • Listen to others who encourage and help.
  • Reflect on how pushing through doubts, fears or lack of motivation leads to a different outlook

Improve

  • Share positive thoughts about effort with others.
  • Choose one thing to improve (with help).
  • Make a small improvement (with help).
  • Share a number of positive features about effort with others.
  • Identify a few areas for improvement.
  • Attempt to make improvements.
  • Clearly identify own strengths.
  • Identify areas for improvement.
  • Seek the opinion of others to help identify improvements.
  • Show effort and commitment in refining and adjusting work.

Understand others

  • Show an awareness of someone who is talking.
  • Show an understanding that personal behaviour affects other people.
  • Listen to other people’s points of view.
  • Listen to others, showing attention.
  • Think of the effect of behaviour on others before acting.
  • Describe the points of view of others.
  • Listen first to others before trying to be understood.
  • Change behaviours to suit different situations.
  • Describe and understand others’ points of view.

Never give up

  • Try again with the help of others.
  • Try to carry on even if a failure causes upset.
  • Keep going in activities of interest.

 

  • Find alternative ways if the first attempt does not work.
  • Bounce back after a disappointment or failure.
  • Show the ability to stick at an activity.
  • Show a determination to keep going, despite failures or setbacks.
  • Reflect upon the reasons for failures and find ways to bounce back.
  • Stick at an activity even in the most challenging of circumstances.
  • See possibilities and opportunities even after a disappointment.