Learning with a Growth Mindset

Farsley Farfield Primary School.

Our Journey So Far…

February 8, 2015 at 11:16 pm


Over the past 5 weeks we have been exploring what it means to have a ‘Growth Mindset.’

In our KS2 assembly this week we shall be reflecting upon what we have learned. To help do this we shall all be completing a survey. You can view and take the survey by clicking on this link.

We shall also be creating some artwork in our class assemblies that help us to illustrate what we think a FFPS learner looks like.

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Cat’s Cradle, Open the Gate and Jacob’s Ladder – have you mastered a string game YET?

February 8, 2015 at 6:40 pm

After our assembly last week on the power of the word YET, a new craze has taken hold of children at FFPS. Everywhere you look, children have been collaborating with each other, persevering, showing resilience, sharing knowledge, learning from their mistakes and showing grit and determination and abundance when getting to grips with some good old fashioned string games.

I heard a story that while Y3 were returning from their trip to Leeds on Thursday, they had members of the public (who were sharing the bendy bus with them) mesmerized by their string game expertise. And to think that on Tuesday, many of them had not heard of Cat’s Cradle and did not know how to do it YET. It is truly amazing what you can learn in a short space of time if you focus your energy and believe that you can do it. This week it was Cat’s Cradle – whatever next?

Well done to everyone who has taken on the challenge of Cat’s Cradle – it doesn’t have to stop there. There are many other string games to have a go at. And for those of you who have not had a go at it YET…you are still young and time is on your side. As far as I am aware, no one had mastered Jacob’s Ladder YET, although I did see Mrs Carney practising like mad in the staffroom and outside her classroom door at break time on Thursday.

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February 8, 2015 at 6:24 pm

Now that we are nearing the end of this half term and our series of Growth Mindset Assemblies, we will be asking everyone to reflect on what they have learned.

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Feedback in KS2 – Austin’s Butterfly Assembly

February 1, 2015 at 9:21 pm

As part of our work on feedback, we watched the video Austin’s Butterfly in our ethos assembly. We then had two volunteers with a growth mindset who wished to improve their drawing skills.

Take a look at their sketches. Both of the children were challenged to create an accurate sketch of a bee. Their feedback came from all of the children sitting in the assembly who were supporting them 100%. The feedback that the children received was precise, focussed and encouraging.

You can clearly see the impact that the feedback had upon their second drafts!

Positive and focussed feedback is the stuff that progress is made of. Great learners seek feedback out from others and reflect upon their own progress. Importantly, they are determined and keen to take feedback on-board in order to develop and grow their skills.

Leave a comment with your stories of how feedback has helped you make progress with any part of your learning.

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Learn all about the brain!

February 1, 2015 at 8:10 am

Watch this amazing brain show created for the Learning Log challenge for these two sisters.

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