Growth Mindset

In school this term we are all learning about Growth Mindset.

Welcome to the pit!

We want the children to understand that it is okay to be stuck, and that some of their best learning is done when they find things the hardest. Rather than simply praising success we praise effort and persistence.

We believe the best thing to do is to teach children to love challenges, be intrigued by mistakes, enjoy effort, and keep on learning. For children who find work easy we make sure they encounter more difficult tasks. We want your children to recognise that effort, persistence and good teaching are what help them improve.

Every class has been looking at and learning about the two types of mindsets that children and adults can have, a ‘fixed’ mindset and a ‘growth’ mindset.  

Fixed Mindset 

  • I like my work to be easy 
  • I don’t like to try a challenge 
  • I want people to praise me for how clever I am 
  • I believe I cannot change how clever I am 
  • I don’t like to try new things because I won’t be very good at it 
  • I give up easily
  • Growth Mindset 
  • I never give up 
  • I like my work to be difficult – it means I am learning 
  • I love challenges 
  • I want people to praise me for the effort I put into my work 
  • I believe I can get more intelligent by working hard 
  • I feel clever when I’m learning something new 
  • I learn from my mistakes                                                                                                     
  • How you can help at home 
  • It has been proven that having a Growth Mindset can improve children's progress and attainment. As a result, we are teaching our children that by having a Growth Mindset they can grow their brains and intelligence and achieve anything they want! 

  • Praise the amount of effort your child is putting into things rather than how clever they are. 
  • Talk to your children about their brain being like a muscle - the more they use it, the stronger it gets. 
  • Encourage your children to not give up if they are finding something difficult. 
  • Challenge your children to try something new or challenging.
  • Ask them to tell you about our weekly Growth Mindset focus.
  • Growth Mindset – weekly focus

    10.9.18

    I know I have to work hard to improve.

    17.9.18

    I thrive on feedback.

    24.9.18

    I am inspired by the successes of others.

    1.10.18

    I embrace challenge.

    8.10.18

    I expect excellence.

    15.10.18

    I try to overcome obstacles.

    22.10.18

    I support and encourage others.

    5.11.18

    I believe that I can go beyond my best.

    12.11.18

    I know that growth and learning require effort.

    19.11.18

    I persist in the face of setback.

    26.11.18

    I learn from criticism.

    3.12.18

    I ask how to improve.

    10.12.18

    I can reach ever higher levels of achievement.

    17.12.18

    I like to stretch myself, take risks and learn.

    Please look out for our Growth Mindset posters around school and on the parent noticeboard by the playground gates.

    If you would like more information about Growth Mindset then please do not hesitate to speak to me.

    Thank you

    Mrs Ditchfield