Building Learning Power

Here at Wibsey Primary School we are on a journey to grow our ‘Learning Power’.  Put simply, we are all learning to be better learners.

Lifelong learning and the promotion and development of independent learners is a key objective for all schools.

In our school we have begun to follow Professor Guy Claxton’s work on Building Learning Power (BLP). Guy Claxton’s work suggests that there are four key learning dispositions – Resilience, Resourcefulness, Reflectiveness and Reciprocity, – the new four R’s of learning. Each of the four R’s is made up of a number of areas of learning which we call muscles.

We are now beginning to teach the children all about these skills and learning muscles and how that just as we can build our physical muscles with the right kinds of exercise, we can also exercise our learning muscles to develop their strength and stamina.

We will use BLP to develop what we call ‘ The Language for Learning’ in school and this will enabled us to engage all pupils in a dialogue using a common language to support and develop our understanding of how we learn. It is our intention that the children use the language for learning to explain ways in which they achieved or approached tasks and how they can move on to the next chapter in their learning.

Within this area of the website, we hope to make you aware of the language we use and later show you some of the work that has been carried out so that you can discuss and support your child’s learning.


The key elements of this disposition are Perseverance, Noticing, Managing Distractions and Absorption.

The children will learn how to stay “locked onto their learning,” the importance of “never giving up” and the benefits of learning when “getting un-stuck.”


The key elements of this are disposition Questioning, Capitalising, Making Links, Reasoning and Imagining.

The children will develop their ability to ask and answer questions; use resources around them to help them with their learning; make links between the different areas of their learning and of course use their imaginations!


The key elements of this disposition are Planning, Meta-learning, Distilling and Revising.

The children will learn how and why they learn and will be encouraged to regularly look back on their learning to see whether they have met their targets and objectives. They will be asked to think about future targets and areas for improvement.


The key elements of this disposition are Imitation, Interdependence, Empathy and Listening and Collaboration.

The children will learn how, why and when it is best to learn on their own, with a partner or within a group and develop the skills they need to be a valued member of a team and a learning community.

We hope that this information will give you a flavour of Building Learning Power at Wibsey Primary School.


“Since the start of academic year across five weeks we have been using music in whole class lessons across all years at Wibsey to coincide with the use of BLP. It really has been an education as a visitor to see how pupils have addressed the various BLP muscles that they are being encouraged to use by the teachers. During and after lessons the pupils are able to show us what particular muscles they have been using, particularly managing distractions, perseverance, collaborating, listening, planning, imitation and inter-dependence. It has also helped to show me as a visitor how BLP is used as a positive framework for the benefit of all pupils involved.”

Sean Howe – Music therapist, Bradford Music and Arts service

The Parent Handbook

Year 5 BLP afternoon – ‘Can you make a bag?’

Year 5 BLP Clay Work

Year 4 Mayan BLP skills afternoon

Year 5 Viking Day