Learning Habits

‘Learning for Life’

The essence of nurturing intellectually ambitious thinkers and independent learners is to identify, promote and develop effective learning habits.

Learning Habits help young people to become better learners, both in school and out.

It is about creating a culture in classrooms – and in the school more widely – that systematically cultivates habits and attitudes that enable young people to face difficulty and uncertainty calmly, confidently and creatively.

Students who are more confident of their own learning ability learn faster and learn better. They concentrate more, think harder and find learning more enjoyable.

Today’s schools need to be educating not just for exam results but for lifelong learning. To thrive in the 21st century, it is not enough to leave school with a clutch of examination certificates. Children need to have learnt how to be tenacious and resourceful, imaginative and logical, self-disciplined and self-aware, collaborative and inquisitive.

Learning Habits…

Unlocking the door to learning is the key to success and the earlier the better. This is where our Learning Habits come in. Starting from the youngest pupils, we focus right across the curriculum on a set of habits, using them in lessons, in their houses and on the playing fields. Bit by bit pupils own these habits; they become second nature. By the time your son or daughter leaves Ettington Primary School, they will have begun to develop the toolkit for lifelong learning.

Creating our Learning Culture

What are these habits?

The Learning Habits are arranged into four groups:





  • Managing any distractions around you
  • Managing your own distractions
  • Using classroom prompts to help you focus
  • Pushing yourself to finish on time
  • Setting yourself a goal




  • Practising over and over
  • Keeping going – even when challenged
  • Not worrying of you don’t get it right
  • Learning from mistakes
  • Being excited to try new things


  • Listening to others
  • Working in a team
  • Sharing ideas
  • Praising others
  • Taking turns
  • Being thoughtful to suggestions you might not agree with


  • Developing through enquiry
  • Looking for patterns and connections
  • Researching for answers
  • Asking questions…


What if…

I Wonder…


How can you achieve this ethos at home? Learning focus in the classroom Teachers specifically plan for learning in the classroom. They frequently talk about the learning process, and seize on real-life situations as prompts to discuss learning.

They “go with” the learning. What can you do to stimulate learning at home? Positive role models Teachers and TAs model learning themselves. They share their own difficulties, frustrations and triumphs in learning. They admit they don’t know the answers to some of the questions asked of them and pursue new knowledge alongside their pupils. They display being a vulnerable learner. They model how to respond to others doing things well and how to use mistakes as a springboard for new learning. How can you model being a learner at home? Language for Learning Language for learning is used in all classrooms, across the school. This helps everyone to talk about and understand learning to learn