We also, of course, have wonderful children who love their learning and who are well-behaved and caring.
We have a strong, shared vision. We are passionate about education and have a firm understanding of the needs of our own children and how they learn best. Every year we work so that we become closer towards our aims – the school never stands still. We are reflective and continually develop our practice. We have high expectations for everyone and everything.
We are a Learning without Limits school. We believe that children should be given every opportunity to surprise us with what they can achieve. We believe in the potential of every child to succeed. We enable the children to develop confidence and belief in their capacity to learn and in the things they can do, alone and in collaboration, to enhance their power as learners. You can find out more about our approach here.
We have outstanding, confident teachers and committed, enthusiastic and skilled teaching assistants. This is key to the success of the school. The school flourishes because of this: the strength of the staff team enables them to provide high quality teaching and learning in a stimulating and nurturing environment.
We have agreed values which are explicitly taught to the children and are shared with all stakeholders. The values are: respect, co-operation, honesty, trust, responsibility and patience.
In our Learning and Teaching Policy staff identified the following ingredients as being essential to an outstanding, memorable curriculum:
- On-going assessment to ensure key skills are taught at the right level to meet the children’s needs
- Hands on learning – digging in the ground to find worms, gardening, going on a ‘Gruffalo Hunt’
- Enjoyable and purposeful learning. We have joined –up learning; links are found between subject areas to enable children to learn in exciting contexts. For example, when children learn about the Great Fire of London, they write letters in role to their families describing the terrible fire, they act out the events in drama and in role-play areas, they invent a fire dance and they build houses from boxes, recreating Pudding Lane outside on the grass. A firefighter then comes and sets fire to the bakery building in the centre and the children watch as the fire spreads. This is truly memorable learning!
- Speaking and listening plays a key part – drama, role-play, questioning and explaining
- Computing is embedded in practice and is used to inspire
- Helping the children to understand the skills they need for learning; our habits of an expert . We want them to be: curious, determined, imaginative, adventurous, investigative, co-operative, observant and to be able to reason.
- Alongside the habits the children are taught learning to learn skills of reciprocity, resourcefulness, resilience and reflectiveness.
- Learning inside and outside the classroom – to use outside resources to full potential: woodland walk, children’s garden, sandpit and digging areas and the village of houses.
I would like to thank everyone involved with Banstead Infant School for their hard work and commitment.
Andy Burbidge – Head Teacher