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The 5Rs

The 5Rs:  At Henry Cavendish we are learning to learn!


To promote a positive attitude to working we celebrate ‘The 5Rs’ at Henry Cavendish, to encourage children to be lifelong learners. The learning skills are Resourceful, Ready, Responsible, Resilient and Reflective.  The 5Rs foster the skills required to tackle new opportunities with the optimism and enthusiasm required to persevere, striving to achieve to the best of their ability.  As well as celebrating successes, we celebrate the mistakes and failures from which we learn, teaching children that by having a go and trying our hardest, we learn from ourselves and others and that we can achieve anything if we set our mind to it.


Each ‘R’ has its own animal character who has a set of qualities that promote that ‘R’.  Each week, children’s successes are celebrated with a 5Rs certificate. 


“Success is liking yourself, liking what you do and liking how you do it.” Maya Angelou

'I Have a Go' sung by Key Stage 1 in Balham

We hope you enjoy our singing while you learn about The 5Rs!

I am Resourceful like Raj.

“Think left and think right and think low and think high. Oh, the thinks you can think up if only you try!" Dr Seuss

  • I can use a variety of strategies
  • I know what to do when I get stuck
  • I can learn with and from others
  • I can be flexible
  • I can find and use information

I am Ready like Ralph.

“If you don’t like something, change it. If you can’t, change your attitude.” Maya Angelou

  • I am motivated
  • I am curious
  • I believe that I can do well  
  • I am positive 

I am Responsible like Rita.

“We must all make the choice between what is right and what is easy.” Professor Dumbledore (J.K. Rowling)

  • I use initiative
  • I know right from wrong
  • I plan ahead
  • I help others
  • I take ownership of my learning
  • I know what I am good at and what I need help with

I am Resilient like Ruby.                   

“Do not judge me by my successes, judge me by how many times I fell down and got back up again.” Nelson Mandela

  • I keep going when things are difficult
  • I can manage my feelings about learning
  • I am positive
  • I know I can succeed
  • I try different things

I am Reflective like Rose.

“We can’t solve problems by using the same kind of thinking we did when we created them.” Albert Einstein

  • I can think about my learning
  • I can evaluate and learn from experience
  • I can improve my performance
  • I can practise