Characteristics of Effective Learning

What are the Characteristics of Effective learning?

The characteristics of effective learning are a key element in the early year's foundation stage. They detail the ways in which children should be learning from their environment, experiences and activities. Children up to the age of five should all be displaying the characteristics of effective learning every day.


Characteristics of Effective Learning
1. Playing and Exploring - Engagement

(Finding out and exploring, Playing with what they know, Being willing to ‘have a go’)

Providing stimulating resources which are accessible and open-ended so they can be used, moved and combined in a variety of ways and making sure resources are relevant to children’s interests. Ensures that the children at Street Lane are encouraged to show curiosity about objects, events and people, Use their senses to explore the world around them and engage in open-ended activity. Our provision is arranged to be flexible indoor and outdoor with space and resources whereby children can explore, build, move and role play. Quiet areas are provided to help children concentrate by limiting noise, and making spaces visually calm for them. We plan first-hand experiences for the children to seek challenges and have a go.

Characteristics of Effective Learning
2. Active learning – Motivation

(Being involved and concentrating, Keeping trying, Enjoying achieving what they set out to do)

Children will become more deeply involved when you provide something that is new and unusual for them to explore, especially when it is linked to their interests. We notice what arouses children’s curiosity, looking for signs of deep involvement to identify learning that is intrinsically motivated. The practitioners are skilled to ensure children have time and freedom to become deeply involved in activities, and to allow children to maintain focus on things that interest them over a period of time.

Our scrapbook and use of Tapestry, helps them to keep ideas in mind by talking over photographs of their previous activities. We plan our daily routines to keep significant activities out instead of routinely tidying them away, making space and time for all children to contribute their ideas.

Characteristics of Effective Learning
3. Creating and thinking critically – Thinking

(Having their own ideas, Making links, Choosing ways to do things)

Developing a learning community which focuses on how and not just what we are learning. Allows the children to freely express their thought process and gives them the opportunity to be confident with not only sharing ideas, but having the opportunity to follow them through.

When planning activities, we consider opportunities for children to find their own ways to represent and develop their own ideas, opportunities for children to play with materials before using them in planned tasks and give them key opportunities to think creatively and flexibility. We recognise the importance of predictable routines to allow for children to link experiences and to give a safe and secure environment to discover and follow through with their own ideas.

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