Our Aims and Philosophies

At Holmer Lake Primary School we expect your child to work hard and achieve the highest possible standards, whilst having fun! In order to do this, we explicitly teach the following life skills, to ensure that our learners are resilient, resourceful, reciprocal and reflective in their next stage of learning and beyond.

Be a Tough Tortoise – Be Resilient

Resilience is being ready, willing and able to lock onto learning- knowing how to work through difficulties when the pressure mounts or the going gets tough.

Resilience is made up of:

  • Absorption – being able to lose yourself in learning- becoming absorbed in what you are doing.
  • Managing distractions – recognising and reducing distractions; knowing when to walk away and refresh yourself. Creating your own best environment for learning.
  • Noticing – seeing subtle differences, patterns and details in experience.
  • Perseverance – keeping going in the face of difficulties, channeling the energy of frustration productively. Knowing what a slow and uncertain process learning can be.

Be a Sensible Squirrel – Be Resourceful

Resourcefulness is being ready, willing and able to learn in different ways-using resources available to them. These may be their own resources or ones they can find in the classroom.

Resourcefulness is made up of:

  • Questioning – asking questions of yourself and others. Being curious, wanting to find things out, wanting to know things in more depth.
  • Making links – seeing connections between totally different events and experiences, building patterns and weaving a web of understanding
  • Imagining – Using your imagination and intuition to put yourself through new experiences or to explore possibilities. Wondering ‘what if…?’
  • Reasoning – Working things out methodically and rigorously, constructing good arguments and spotting flaws in others’ points of view.
  • Capitalising – Drawing on the full range of resources from the wider world – other people, books, the Internet, past experience, future opportunities.

Be a Team Ant – Be Reciprocal

Reciprocity is being ready, willing and able to learn alone or with other people – using a sense of independent judgement together with skills in communication and empathy.

Reciprocity is made up of:

  • Interdependence – knowing when it’s appropriate to learn on your own or with others, and being able to stand your ground in debate.
  • Collaboration – knowing how to manage yourself in the give and take of a collaborative activity, respecting and recognising others’ views; adding to and drawing from the strength of teams.
  • Empathy and listening – contributing to others’ experiences by listening to them to understand what they are really saying, and putting yourself in their shoes.
  • Imitation –adopting methods, habits or values from other role models.

Be a Wise Owl – Be Reflective

Reflectiveness is being ready, willing and able to make decisions about learning – taking a longer-term view by planning, taking stock, and drawing out your experiences as a learner to get the best out of yourself.

Reflectiveness is made up of:

  • Planning – Thinking about where you are going, the action you are going to take, the time and resources you will need and the obstacles you may encounter
  • Revising – Being flexible, changing your plans in the light of different circumstances, monitoring and reviewing how things are going and seeing new opportunities
  • Distilling – Looking at what is being learned, pulling out the essential features, carrying them forward to aid further learning; being your own learning coach.
  • Meta-learning – knowing yourself as a learner, how you learn best; how to talk about the learning process
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