Our Learning Council were formed early in 2016. This new pupil voice group are all about promoting learning in school.

Currently they are working to refresh the core learning skills that we want to promote in the school. They meet regularly with Mrs Rhodes and have already made great progress.

The new learning skills that will be promoted across the school are:

  • Resilience
  • Enthusiasm
  • Ambition
  • Creativity
  • Hands-on learning

These spell out REACH! They are now in the process of creating learning characters to match each of these skills to make them as memorable as possible for children of all ages.


                                   *REACH FOR THE STARS!*

We are proud to help lead our school Learning Council. The children on our Learning Council have been elected by each of their classes to help develop positive attitudes to learning across the school.

We have been thinking about the skills needed to be a successful learner. Together we agreed that the 5 most important skills should be resilience, enthusiasm, ambition, creativity and being a ‘hands-on’ learner (‘REACH’).

To help engage all the children, each learning skill has been linked to a character, for example, Roxy the Resilient Robin. One of our parents has kindly made a soft toy version of each character and we display these in our school hall so that we see them all the time and can refer to them in our assemblies when we celebrate successful learning.

As the Learning Council, our mission is to make sure that every child, parent and school governor understands each of our ‘REACH’ skills and why they are important. We have worked really hard this term to spread the word. We have led assemblies for the children to explain what good learning should look like, made a ‘REACH’ information leaflet to share with parents at parents’ evening and soon we will be meeting with the school governors to update them too.

We have also constructed a ‘REACH’ rocket! When a child shows one of our 5 key learning skills, they can go inside the rocket, take a photo of their work and record a message on the learning pad to share with the rest of the school in assembly.

Our most recent project has been helping to design a ‘REACH’ passport in which the children collect stickers each time they show one of the 5 learning skills. When the passport is completed and the child is consistently showing the ‘REACH’ skills in all lessons, they receive a special ‘REACH’ wristband which they can wear at school.

We are really trying to ‘REACH for the stars’ and to be ‘Successful St. John’s Learners.’

Ben and Hattie.

St John the Baptist C of E Primary School Learning Council

REACH characters