A Love of Learning for Life
As a Rights Respecting School, everyone at Old Basing Infant School is nurtured within a happy, healthy, safe and sustainable environment. We develop kindness, independence and resilience in everyone within a fun-loving, inspirational and collaborative community. All are encouraged to achieve their full potential through being curious and courageous, leading to a love of learning for life.
In 2021, we asked the children to choose a new school value. Through their Pupil Council and a democratic process, the value they chose was Kindness.
Respect—Our philosophy is to develop respect in our community. We aim for children to have respect for themselves, others, property and environment; in order to enable all individuals to progress within a community.
Resilience - We believe children who are resilient are flexible and adaptable and able to learn within an exciting and every changing society. We aim for all our children to develop resilience in their learning so that they successfully face setbacks, learn from them and move their learning forward as a result. We want them to have 'bouncebackability'.
Collaboration – Through collaboration we an learn more and achieve more together. We want our children to grow as learners and into adults who are able to adapt their skills and working and learning styles to match new and different contexts. By collaborating with others who work or think differently, we learn a new perspective and discover more. Working together children can learn from each other and take their learning on every day.
Kindness - We all need kindness and above all we want our children to recognise the power of kindness to build relationships, to interactive positively with others and to support each other. 'Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around' Leo F. Buscaglia
Curiosity – Children are curious as are all human beings. To be curious is to discover and move forward. It is a drive that has pushed humankind forward through the ages. Curious children discover, learn, invent, design and imagine. For the future that is unknown we want to build curiosity in our children to ensure they have a bright future with endless possibilities, limited only by their imaginations.
Courage – Courage allows children to take risks that are carefully considered but that may be a little scary. Courage allows our children to be open to challenge and know that learning can be hard but rewarding when we see how far accepting a challenge can take us in our learning and in our lives. Who knows what exciting adventures lie ahead for the individual who has the personal strength to do something that frightens them and reap the rewards?
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We want the children in our care to be:
We want the children in our care to have:
Through the Pupil Council in 2021, the thoughts of the children in every class were gathered. We asked the children – ‘What makes a good teacher?’ Their replies are insightful and illustrate to us the joy of working with young children each and every day. They told us a good teacher: