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18Aug 2019

Learning Skills

Posted by : Ritu Singh
Category : Education - Primary School
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The learning skills at primary are at the root of all of our learning at any age.

The six learning skills are:

Self Management

Team Work






The six learning skills help pupil understand how they learn in order to optimise their education academically and socially.

The learning skills are not just skills for learning but skills for life. It is impossible for us to know exactly what the economy or the jobs market is going to look like when the young people at primary school now emerge into the workforce of the future. Preparing our learners for adult life in the 21st century has to be about more than just the learning of facts and knowledge. We as educators should be committed to ensure that the children in our care become life- long learners and know HOW to learn.

Reflection Skills - 

The children can be asked to reflect on their learning – on a piece of work just done; on behaviour; on a half term of work; on the previous year and to evaluate and assess and learn from what they have done. They may use that contemplation to set new goals and challenges for themselves.  When being reflective children need to:

Deal with praise

Deal with setbacks

Deal with criticism

Understand their own progress

Evaluate their learning experiences

Set goals

Ask for feedback.

Creativity Skills -

This is not just about designing and making things but very much about exploring ideas and asking questions to further the child’s creativity. It is about thinking ‘outside the box’ and using their imaginations in every part of their school life.

Creativity is:

A belief that creative potential is inside everyone and can be found everywhere.

A belief that creativity can change things and improve things.

A belief that mistakes are to be celebrated, learned from and used.

An attitude of openness to new ideas and experiences when they appear.

An attitude of ‘smart risk-taking’.

Team Work Skills -

Being a team worker means being able to communicate thoughts, ideas and feelings in different situations from working as a team in P.E to being part of a group in class. The child can work on:

Children taking part in discussions and coming to agreements.

Adapting their behaviour to different roles.

Showing fairness and consideration to others.

Give support and feedback to others.

Enquiry Skills - Children should be encouraged to develop their enquiry skills by developing their investigation techniques.

The children should work on:

Raising questions

Planning to answer questions

Predicting and hypothesising

Making observations

Looking at learning in new ways

Deciding which parts of what they have learnt are important

Finding answers to questions

Finding problems to solve

Finding exciting ways to learn something new

Explaining reasons for their decisions.

Self Management Skills - This is very important if we want our children to be independent and be responsible both in and out of the classroom. Using the phrases, ‘Be Responsible’ or ‘Take Responsibility’ when referring to learning behaviour also motivates them.

We should encourage children to:

Take responsibility

Manage risk

Ask for help

Deal well with pressure

Organise their belongings and resources

Respond well to change

Commitment Skills -

When thinking about what skills are needed to be committed, we think of being:


Willing to invest (time, themselves)

Resilient – to keep going even when it is hard or tiring

Participative – in the class, in the playground on the sports field etc

Actively engaged – clear links to participation and investing time and self to work and friends.

As today's educators, one must find time to help students in working on these essential skills which not only helps in building character but also helps in building confidence.


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Ritu Singh

A professional with 15 years of experience in national and international schools. Love to work with kids.

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