What is Learnacy?


Learnacy is an approach to learning that we have begun to implement at Hartford Junior School. This approach was based on work on ‘Building Learning Power’ created by Professor Guy Claxton. His theory states we are all capable of becoming better learners. Learnacy applies this idea directly to the work of teachers in the classrooms, to provide a practical framework for fostering lifelong learning in all young people. 

At Hartford Junior School, our school ethos of effort, encouragement and excellence means we are striving to be the best we can be. Learnacy allows us to nurture this ethos and build the children’s learning power through a variety of strategies and techniques.


An Introduction to learnacy.docx





All the year groups shared ideas and experiences for how they had been ‘flexing’ their ‘resilience muscle’:

They explained how MANAGING DISTRACTIONS are important so that they can create the best environment for their own learning.

Much ABSORPTION was taking place – the children were losing themselves in their learning. At times they did not realise that the lesson had finished because they were so absorbed in their work.

The children ensured that they were NOTICING the small things to help them learn – they looked for patterns and the subtle nuances in their experiences.

All the children know that they need to keep going even when their learning gets tough. Learning can take a while and it is important that they know how to PERSERVERE.

RESILIENCE is one of our values, fitting under our ethos of EFFORT.


This is the first learning muscle the children have explored.  Already they are using the language of Learnacy and exploring how they can use this learning muscle to improve their learning.  Well done Hartford.




On the 8th December, the learning about the final Learning Power of REFLECTIVENESS was shared in an assembly with the many families that came to watch.  All year groups demonstrated the work they have been carrying out in class, through acting, posters and singing.

REFLECTIVENESS looks at the strategic aspects of learning.

PLANNING allows you to think ahead – plan for where you are going, the actions you are going to take and the obstacles you may encounter along the way.

By being flexible, changing your plans in the light of different circumstances and monitoring and reviewing how things are going is called REVISING.

Using what has already been learned, pulling out the essential features, and carrying them forward to aid further learning is DISTILLING.

META-LEARNING means to know how you learn best.

REFLECTIVENESS is one of our values, fitting under our ethos of EXCELLENCE.

The Year 4 classes summed up REFLECTIVENESS in a song.  You might recognise the tune!  Watch it below.