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Kirk Sandall Infant School

Characteristics of Learning

The characteristics of effective learning describe factors which play a central role in a pupil’s learning and in becoming an effective learner. They are vital elements of support for the transition process from EYFS to year 1. The characteristics of effective learning run through and underpin all 7 areas of learning and development. They represent processes rather than outcomes. Information about the pupil’s characteristics of effective learning gives teachers vital background and context about their next stage of development and future learning needs.

EYFS practitioners will comment and make observations of how pupils demonstrate:

  • playing and exploring
  • active learning
  • creating and thinking critically

Characteristics of Learning - How am I Learning?

Playing & Exploring


Active Learning


Creating & Thinking Critically ‘Thinking’

 Finding out and exploring, showing curiosity

 Playing with what they know

 Being willing to have a go


 Being involved and concentrating

 Keeping on trying

 Enjoying achieving what they set out to do



     Having their own ideas

     Making links

     Choosing ways to do things

     Problem solving

     Planning and evaluating


At Kirk Sandall infant school we have linked the characteristics of effective learning to animals.  Each animal has a name and children are all confident to talk about how they learn. When a member of staff observes the children showing one or more of the characteristics their picture is displayed on the board. Children are very familiar with this language and are confident to talk about their process in learning on a daily basis.

The characteristics of effective learning posters are provided by http://www.twinkl.co.uk/