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Learning Verbs

We often talk to children about behaving well.  In school, good behaviour means good "learning" behaviour - behaviour that makes sure a child is a learner and that everyone around them can be as well.

To be clear to the children about what this looks like, every classroom has a set of "learning verbs" displayed on the wall.  These verbs describe how children can be good learners - they point out the things children can be doing to be a good learner.  Staff refer to them during lessons and you will hear them used in certificates in "Well Done" assemblies.

By using these learning verbs, we are increasing children's ability to be active, independent learners.  We do not expect to "spoon-feed" children - we want them to take responsibility for their own learning and to enjoy it.

These are our Learning Verbs:

Adapt – Great learners expect the unexpected.  They are flexible, able to change their plans and think on their feet.
Choose – Great learners experiment with the best way of doing things.  They don’t wait to get told how to do something - they are always on the lookout for resources which can help them.
Collaborate – You must be willing to share and be able to do so.  You have to be willing to concede that other members of a team have missing parts of puzzle that, together, you can complete.
Connect – Great learners make all different kinds of links.  They link today’s maths learning to what they did in science last week.  They seek look for the relevance of new learning to their own lives.
Evaluate – Great learners can look at things and decide how well they do their job.  They consider the purpose of something, judge how well this is achieved and speculate how it might be improved.
Explore – Great learners try things out without fear of it going wrong.  They take risks and experiment with things, just to see if there is a better way of doing something.
Listen – Great learners are not passive.  They focus on how what is being said fits with the ideas and understanding they currently have.  You can see when someone is absorbed in listening.
Observe – Great learners pay attention to the detail.  They don’t just pay attention to things, they really notice how it looks, what is made of or how it behaves.
Persevere – New learning can feel hard.  You have to stick at it.  Having to try doesn’t mean you’re not clever – having to try means you are challenging and changing your brain.
Plan – Great learners welcome opportunities to decide for themselves when, where, why and how they are going to learn.  They take responsibility for organising their learning.
Question – You need to want to ask questions and be able to do so.  Great learners are curious – they ask “How come?” and “What if?” and aren’t afraid of not knowing the answers.
Respond – Great learners react to new ideas.  They are willing to rephrase them, challenge them and build on them to develop their own ideas and those of others.


Learning Verbs on display