Alverstoke Infant School

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Our Learning Characters

Children at Alverstoke Infants learn in many different ways: inside; outside; in class groups, small groups, or one to one with an adult. We teach the children how to be a good learner and help them to develop good learning behaviours. To help with this, we have developed our learning characters. These were created as Foundations for Learning in collaboration with our local cluster of schools, and adapted for our infant aged children.


Who are you? What defines you? Who do you want to be? What are your responsibilities? How do you deal with challenging situations?

Thinking Skills

Do you have an enquiring mind? Do you let curiosity guide you to new knowledge? Do you reflect on your performance? Are you creative in your problem solving?

Collaboration & Relationships

Can you listen thoughtfully? Can you empathise? Can you work effectively in groups? Can you build strong lasting relationships?

Independence & Resilience

Do you seek opportunities to extend learning outside the classroom? Can you take risks in your learning? What do you do if you fail at something?

Alverstoke Infant School Foundations of Learning Friends

Wise Owl

Self Awareness

Plans what to do

Uses previous knowledge

Learns from each experience

Understands how to learn


Curious Chameleon

Thinking Skills

Enjoys getting involved in learning

Can make changes to their work

Looks closely and notices patterns and links in learning

Positive Penguin

Growth Mindset

Positive attitude

Believes they can improve

Enjoys a challenge

Team Ant

Collaboration and Relationships

Learns alone or with others

Listens thoughtfully to others 

Learns by doing what others do

Works well with others


Tough Tortoise

Independence and Resilience

Perseveres at a task

Doesn’t give up

Doesn’t get distracted

Changes plan if things don’t work

How you can help at home

Talk to your child about the characters, what they represent and how these attributes are important for learning.

Reward your child’s efforts towards tasks rather than just when they get something right.

Help them to work together with you or siblings to achieve an end goal, for example lay the table together.

Teach your child how to take appropriate risks when outdoors e.g. exploring and climbing.

Play games that mean they don’t always end up the winner.

Defer gratification – make sure they can wait and are not given everything they want, straightaway. 

Teach your child how to do things for themselves: get ready on time, tidy up their toys, choose their library books.

Listen and talk to your child about their ideas, and explore alternatives.


We hope that this initiative will continue to have a positive impact on learning in school.

We would love to hear your feedback, especially if the children are talking about the characters at home.