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Infant Learning Animals

In Early Years and Key Stage 1 we use our ‘Learning Animals’ to support our children as learners. The animals were developed by us to encourage our younger children to learn about their own learning strengths and areas they find more challenging. The idea is that the children develop the transferable skills that support them as life-long learners.

Successful learners exhibit the behaviours below and, through identifying and articulating the observable behaviours the children will understand themselves as learners. So, when your child comes home and says they have been a ‘Brave Branley’, it means they have been courageous in some way, perhaps taken a risk or spoken clearly and audibly when talking to the whole class.

Teamwork Taura


Good listener

Using other people's ideas


Thinking Thedrick



Reflective and evaluative

Stays focused

Uses previous
knowledge - makes connections

Resourceful Reggie


Effective problem solver

Perseveres - Keeps trying

Choose and uses a variety of resources

Makes own resources


Restorative Rithika

Be reasonable

Show honesty

Be empathetic towards others

Be considerate 

Show understanding 

Be responsible for actions

Brave Branley



Good speaker
(speaks audibly)

Curious Cully



Positive attitude  

Independent learner  

Asks good questions