Welcome to our Growth Mindset page. At Belgrave St Peter's Primary School our aim is to support positive attitudes towards learning and high self esteem in children.
What is Growth Mindset?
The term 'growth mindset' refers to a way of thinking, learning and taking on challenges. A person with a growth mindset is open to constructive criticism, takes feedback and uses it, takes on new challenges, pushes themselves outside of their comfort zones and shows resilience and perseverance.
Studies show that it is people with a growth. mindset (as opposed to a fixed mindset) who achieve in life, are successful in all they do and are happy. Of course, this is exactly what we want for our children here at Belgrave St Peters Primary School.
Our journey at Belgrave St Peters so far!
We started the Autumn term with a staff meeting where we discussed the idea of the teachers and children developing a growth mindset at our school. We found out that experts such as Carole Dweck have produced a huge amount of research over the years outlining the impact of growth mindset in education.
We now have a growth mindset co-ordinator who has produced an action plan which will take us on our exciting journey this year.
In the Foundation Stage the Nursery and Reception children have been introduced to a set of characters that will help them to understand how they learn and develop their 'learning powers'. Each character has a story which helps the children to relate to the concept of the character. The characters are displayed in the classroom and the teachers and children interact with them regularly.
We have listened to various stories which have helped the children to think about developing a growth mindset by taking on challenges and learning from our mistakes.
Key Stage 1 and 2
During a special assembly, both key stages have been introduced to the 'growth mindset' concept.
Are you born smart? At birth we can't walk or talk. These abilities don't pop up over night but develop as we learn.
We found out how you can grow your brain!
The children have voted on a set of characters to remind them of our 'learning powers'. It was decided that the characters would be based on a 'superhero' theme. They are called Captain Resilience, Resourceful Robot, Captain Collaborate and The Reflector.
Our moto this year is:
Change your words;
Change your mindset.
We have been learning a song called 'The Power in Me' to remind us why we need to develop our growth mindset.
At Belgrave St Peters...
We remember that it's ok to make mistakes-we learn from them.
We never give up! We try a different approach, or use a different strategy.
We learn from each other.
We challenge ourselves-which really helps us make progress.
We take risks-we don't limit ourselves by taking the easy option.
We join in as much as possible as we learn much more by being involved.
We remember that mastering something new feels so much better than doing something you can already do.
We remember that the brain is making new connections all the time- the only thing you need to know is that you can learn anything.