Hale Primary School | Learning Dimensions
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Learning Dimensions

​At Hale Primary School, our curriculum is supported by a set of learning dimensions. These learning qualities have been carefully chosen and their aim is to determine our thinking and behaviour around being a successful learner.

By understanding how we learn, and developing the skills that help the children and staff learn in a variety of ways, we aim make the most of our learning potential. And because we are better able to learn and gather information, we will make better decisions and choose better courses of action.


We all must take time to learn the skills of learning and model these for our children to develop the skills of a learner. We must also realise that learning is an activity that is done outside our comfort zone, and can be uncomfortable, but it is only when we truly breakout of our comfort zone and take risks that our learning potential and power is released. Once we start learning in new ways we will be amazed at how much more everyone can make sense of their learning and develop their skills.


Through teaching, learning and upholding the learning dimensions, we are developing a set of skills and attitudes which prepare our children for the modern day world and enable them to be confident, successful and responsible adults with a lifelong love of learning.

Improving as a learner is represented by Becky the Butterfly. Becky helps us understand:

  • We can change as a learner
  • We can improve if we try hard
  • We must exercise our learning muscles in order to improve

Collaboration is represented by Bertie the Bee because bees work together to achieve a common goal.
Bertie sees collaboration as:

  • Working on problems with other people, especially his friends
  • Sharing his thoughts and ideas with others
  • Working at problems on his own, and sometimes preferring to do this
  • Having people at home who share with him in his learning

Curiosity is represented by Curious Colin the Puppy because puppies are renowned for their curiosity.
Colin sees being curious as:

  • Wanting to work things out for himself, and to ask his own questions
  • Being excited by new learning challenges
  • Looking for ways to understand better, rather than just responding to problems that come his way

Creativity is represented by Connie the Chameleon.
Connie sees creativity as:

  • Using our imagination
  • Playing with ideas and possibilities
  • Looking at problems from different perspectives
  • Letting the mind float free to see what bubbles up.

Reflection is represented by Ozzy the Owl because owls can rotate their heads and look all around their environment.
Reflection means:

  • Being able to explain what you learnt and how you learnt it
  • Being able to set yourself ‘next step’ learning targets
  • Being able to talk about the process of learning, and identify your strengths as well as your weaknesses

Independence is represented by Polly the Polar Bear.
Polly helps us to:

  • Think for ourselves
  • Make our own decisions
  • Be confident in who we are

Making connections is represented by Sid the Spider because spiders make webs and we can connect our learning in a web, drawing together our different experiences.
Sid helps us to:

  • Make links between different areas of our learning
  • See links between new situations and what we already know and are interested in.

Resilience is represented by Toby the Tortoise.
Toby reminds us:

  • That we must not give up too easily
  • That we need to stick at things even when they are difficult
  • To try and take risks with our learning.