6 Rs


We want children of all abilities to be curious, creative, problem solving, value learning and motivated to learn to enable them to make the most of all opportunities they have in our global world. We want children to be able to:

  • identify how they learn and to be able to explain what they can do to extend their own learning
  • make informed choices about how they can extend their own learning and to be able to discuss why learning is important
  • explain how they have transferred learning from one area to another (e.g. problem solving… what strategies did you learn that you will use again? How could this be helpful in the future?)
  • independently select resources and state why particularly resources might be helpful or not
  • be resilient and cope emotionally in our ever changing global world
  • be ready to learn alone and with others

The following list is an example of suggestions about what the 6Rs looks like. The 6Rs are not age related, for example a child in the Foundation Stage can exhibit more independent learning strategies than sometimes a child in Year 5.

RESPECT Honesty and trust Interdependence Collaboration Empathy & Listening Imitation

I work well with others and treat everybody respectfully

I am polite and helpful to everyone

I know when to learn alone and when with others; I can share ideas and information

I look after the environment and resources

I can put myself in other people’s shoes

I learn from the way other people do things

RESPONSIBILITY Taking care of yourself and others Accountability Decision making Being dependable

I can take responsibility for my own learning and behaviour

I can keep myself safe and healthy

I can be kind and take care of others

I know who to ask for help if I need it

I can complete tasks to the best of my ability

I can be flexible and adaptable and cope well with change

RESOURCEFULNESS Questioning Making links Imagining Reasoning Using resources

I am curious about learning

I like to get to the bottom of things

I like to see how things fit together

I can be logical and systematic when working

I make use of a range of learning resources

I enjoy using my imagination

RESILIENCE Absorption Managing distractions Noticing / Observing Perseverance

I like a challenge

I am not afraid of finding things hard

I get ‘lost’ in learning

I make accurate descriptions / observations

I minimise negative distractions

I stick at things despite difficulties

REFLECTION Planning Reflecting Evaluating Meta-learning (thinking about how I learn)

I like to organise my work; I can sort out what needs to be done

I know what I have done well and what I need to do to improve

I can transfer learning from one area to another

I can anticipate problems and ask enquiry questions

I can talk about how I learn

I am curious and notice things


Interdependence Collaboration

Empathy and listening


I can work on my own at times and I can work with at others.

I can explain my views to others. I can stand my ground in a debate.

I can work as a team and respect and recognise other people’s skills.

I can listen and understand how other people might feel and what it would be like to experience that feeling.

I have high expectations. I can recognise good role models and learn from them.