St Benet's Catholic Primary School

Joy of Not Knowing


At St Benet's we use the principles of JONK to support our attitude towards learning.

JONK stands for the Joy of Not Knowing. The philosophy behind JONK is that it is ok not to know something, but it's not ok to not try. We explore what strategies we can use to help us move our learning on.

We have 7 characters to remind us of our positive learning behaviours. We refer to these in lessons when we are finding things difficult.

Barry Beaver reminds us to be resourceful.
Roger Rhino helps us be resilient.
Olive owl teaches us how to reflect on our learning.
Andy Ant shows us how we should work as a team.
Sally Spider models how to be creative with out thinking.
Maisy Meerkat guides us on how to be curious.