Core Learning Skills

Our Core Learning Skills underpin our entire curriculum and are based on skills that children will need throughout life.  Enabling children to develop lifelong learning skills with a true love of learning is vital if we want our children to have the capacity to learn within many different situations and contexts throughout their lives.

“21st century life presents everyone with high levels of challenge, complexity and individual responsibility where choice, problem-solving and learning are key so education needs to strengthen their ability to be good choosers, skilful problem-solvers and powerful learners.”
“One of the core functions of 21st Century education is learning to learn in preparation for a lifetime of change.”

At Brinkley Grove, it is through a planned approach to the development of the life long learning skills that our children are able to understand what makes an effective learner from an early age. Our children have discussions about how to be a good learner and how they can develop as a learner.

The table below shows what this actually means in terms of learning as children develop their skills in a different life-long learning skill:


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Autumn 2

Spring 1

Spring 2

Summer 1

Summer 2

Core Learning Skills

Learning with others 


Developing Independence & Responsibility 


Improving own learning and performance

Developing Sense of self worth and understanding of self and others

Thinking Skills





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