Learning at Bulford St Leonard's

Phoenix Learning Powers

The Phoenix Learning Powers will be implemented at Bulford St Leonard’s Primary school over the next year. It is based on the idea that we are all capable of becoming better learners. It helps to provide a practical framework for fostering lifelong learning in all young people.

At Bulford St Leonard’s School, our school ethos is one of striving to be the best we can be, recognising that we all have different strengths and interests. The Phoenix Learning Powers will allow us to nurture this ethos and build the children’s learning power through a variety of strategies and techniques.

Key Principles

• It is a learning culture that encourages children and teachers to become better learners

• It allows children to approach difficulties in learning without fear of failure

• It allows the children to take small steps within learning

• It develops confidence

• It is not additional to teaching but should be grounded within everyday teaching and learning

• It gives clear labels for the children to use to develop understanding of learning processes

Why are we developing learning powers?

We believe that the Phoenix will allow us to develop a common language for learning across the school. The language is used in all classrooms, with all children. This helps everyone talk about understanding learning to learn. We hope that this understanding will begin to spill over into life outside school, where you will be able to reinforce the ideas by encouraging the children to use their learning language in their everyday lives.

The Phoenix Learning Powers

Aspirational (Orange feather) – I want to reach my goals. I am able to take on advice and challenge myself to do my best. I don’t give up, even when things appear hard. I know what I want to achieve and I will do what I need to do to get there.

Courageous (Green feather) – I am able to ask questions and challenge ideas. I think “What if…?” and “What now…?” I take risks and don’t go for the easy options. I try new things and push myself out of my comfort zone.

Enquiring (Yellow feather) – I can ask questions about my learning. I can explore different ways to solve a problem. I am interested in what I am learning and the world around me. I want to find out more.

Independent (Purple feather) – I am able to work on my own and complete tasks. I believe in myself and know that if I push myself, I can be the best I can be. I know who to ask for help and where to get help from. 

Resilient (Red feather) – I keep going even when work becomes tricky. I find ways of overcoming problems. I know that learning can be a struggle but I keep going. I am always on task and can become completely absorbed in my learning. I learn from mistakes.

Team player (Blue feather) – I can work as part of a team and I can see things from other people’s point of view. I can learn from other people around me. I am happy to work with others I would not normally work with.

Stickers will be given to children when they have shown a power during the day. At the end of the week, children will be given a certificate if they have shown that trait and it has been noticed by staff or other children. Work will be displayed in the hall that shows the learning power that the children have used. Teachers will mark books using the language above and it will be common knowledge around the school and will be referred to daily.