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We foster the Characteristics of Effective Early Learning. They run through and underpin the seven areas of learning and development, as detailed in the ‘Early Years Foundation Stage Framework’ (2012). They describe learning processes that occur throughout every day activities and experiences. They support the child to remain an effective and motivated learner. They give children skills to be learners for life.  These are:

Playing and Exploring:


  • Finding out and exploring

  • Playing with what they know

  • Being willing to have a go

Active Learning:

  • Being involved and concentrating

  • Keeping trying

  • Enjoying achieving what they set out to do

Creating and Thinking Critically:


  • Having their own ideas

  • Making links

  • Choosing ways to do things

What are the Achievosaurs?

There are seven Achievosaurs altogether, each linking to an aspect of the characteristics. They enable children to become more aware of how they learn, and give them language to explain the skills they use when learning.

Playing and Exploring …

“I explore everything around me.”

“I ask questions and find things out.”

Active Learning …

“I try my best and never give up.”

“I stick at tasks and persevere.”

Creating and Thinking Critically …

“I work hard to solve problems.”

“I think carefully about what I learn.”

“I share my ideas and resources.”

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