Learning Powers, Personal Development, Mental Health and Wellbeing


Personal Development 

At Christleton Primary School we look to develop the whole child. Personal Development is therfore part of each childs learning journey.

We support children to acquire the knowledge, understanding and skills they need to manage their lives, now and in the future. Their personal development installs the  qualities and attributes children need to thrive as individuals, family members and members of society.

In considering the whole child we hope to prepare them to manage many of the most critical opportunities, challenges and responsibilities they will face growing up in such rapidly changing and challenging times. It also helps them to connect and apply the knowledge and understanding they learn in all subjects to practical, real-life situations while helping them to feel safe and secure enough to fulfill their academic potential.

Our aweareness of personal development assists children and young people to build their personal identities, confidence and self-esteem and understand what influences their decisions. Developing self-understanding, empathy and the ability to work with others helps our pupils to enjoy healthy and productive relationships in all aspects of their lives.

Skills Children Learn:

Always in an age appropriate way, we help the children manage their lives, now and in the future, and help them to learn everyday, essential, life skills, including:

  • The Development of self-understanding, empathy and healthy, productive relationships
  • Relationships Education
  • Eating healthily
  • Keeping safe on the road, rail and by water
  • How to stay safe on the internet
  • The promotion of good mental health

In keeping with our School ethos, the children are encouraged, and frequently reminded, to speak to a trusted adult when they have any concerns or worries.

Learning Powers

At Christleton Primary School, we are on a journey to grow our ‘Learning Powers’. In other words, we are learning to be better learners.

We follow Professor Guy Claxton’s work on Building Learning Power (BLP). This work suggests that there are four key learning dispositions –Resilience, Resourcefulness, Reflectiveness and Reciprocity. The four Rs of learning. Each of the four Rs is made up of a number of areas of learning which are called muscles.

We teach the children all about these skills and learning muscles and how that just as we can build our physical muscles with the right kinds of exercise, we can also exercise our learning muscles to develop their strength and stamina.

The four key learning dispositions are explained in more detail below;


The key elements of this disposition are PerseveranceNoticingManaging Distractions and Absorption.

The children will learn how to stay locked onto their learning, the importance of never giving up and the benefits of learning when getting un-stuck.


The key elements of this are disposition QuestioningCapitalisingMaking LinksReasoning and Imagining.

The children will develop their ability to ask and answer questions, use resources around them to help them with their learning, make links between the different areas of their learning and of course, use their imaginations!




The key elements of this disposition are PlanningMeta-learningDistilling and Revising.

The children will learn how and why they learn and will be encouraged to regularly look back on their learning to see whether they have met their targets and objectives. They will be asked to think about future targets and areas for improvement.


The key elements of this disposition are ImitationInterdependenceListening and Collaboration.

The children will learn how, why and when it is best to learn on their own, with a partner or within a group and develop the skills they need to be a valued member of a team and a learning community.

A parent’s guide is attached below to provide you with more information as well as the long term plan detailing which learning powers we teach and when.

Mental Health and Wellbeing

At Christleton Primary School we aim to develop the whole child educationally, emotionally, spiritually, morally and physically. As well as caring for their education we also care for their mental health and wellbeing and feel that it is essential to provide children with information to enable them to make life long, well informed decisions about their diet and health. 

A key aspect of our role in school is to ensure that children are able to manage times of change and stress, and that they are supported to reach their potential or access help when they need it. We also have a role to ensure that children learn about what they can do to maintain positive mental health, what can affect their mental health, how they can help reduce the stigma surrounding mental health issues, and where they can go if they need help and support.

Positive wellbeing is promoted through the curriculum and all school activities. Through a carefully planned approach our pupils are helped to acquire the knowledge and develop the skills and understanding they need to lead confident, healthy, independent lives, and to become resilient, informed and responsible citizens.


What do we do to support children’s emotional well-being and mental health?

  • We are committed to creating a happy, caring and supportive environment. As well as a learning environment, the school ensures there is a positive, supportive and inclusive ethos where children can thrive and achieve their personal best.
  • RSHE is a central to the curriculum across the whole school.  This aspect of the curriculum assists pupils to cope with the changes at puberty, introduces them to a wider world, manage transitions and enables them to make an active contribution to their communities.  
  • Children who may have experienced trauma or any life experience that may affect their emotional well-being are identified and supported by a fully trained ELSA (Emotional Literacy Support Assistant) teaching assistant who will offer regular nurture support.
  • Within the National Curriculum, every child has a minimum of two hours of high quality physical education each week.
  • We promote healthy eating throughout the school. We have a kitchen garden containing raised growing beds.
  • To support children’s social and emotional development, and their well-being we offer a range of after-school clubs.
  • We maximise the use of our outdoor learning environment recognising the value of this form of education.
  • All classes regularly complete the Christleton Mile, improving their physical and mental health.
  • We are also mindful of the events in the community. Following COVID-19 lockdowns the school invested in a significant amount of high quality children’s books covering such topics as anxiety, grief, loss, fear, COVID etc. These books have been and continue to be used by teachers across all classes to support the children.

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Christleton Primary School

Quarry Ln, Christleton, Chester CH3 7AY
Our school is a place of learning where everyone is valued and positively encouraged to achieve their full potential in a safe and caring environment.
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Telephone 01244 455288
Contact Lisa Bowes, Taryn Croft & Jacqui Gittins
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