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Primary School

Animal characteristics of learning

As a part of your child's learning in school, we also observe their fundamental skills that support the process of learning.

This is referred to as The Characteristics of Effective Learning (CEL).

We have been talking about these with your child. 

The CEL can be broken down into 

  • playing and exploring - children investigate and experience things, and ‘have a go’;
  • active learning - children concentrate and keep on trying if they encounter difficulties, and enjoy achievements; and
  • creating and thinking critically - children have and develop their own ideas, make links between ideas, and develop strategies for doing things

Some questions about each area are attached below.

Not all children will have all these aspects in their experience, they are as individual as all of us as adults. However, it does help to think about how your child learns, to build on the progress made already. Your child may also not have all the academic skills in place just yet but by identifying their learning skills this will help identify their readiness to learn. 

To help explain these to your child we have been looking at some of the different animals to represent each area (see the attachment below). You may spot some references to these on the ILD observations of your child. Please feel free to add comments on these animals on any ILD observations you send in from home and encourage your child to build on their attitudes to learning - are they a 'Go for it Gorilla'? or a 'Persevering Parrot'? Let us know what you observe at home.