Learning with a Growth Mindset

Farsley Farfield Primary School.

I have a Growth Mindset – celebrating ‘Dot Day.’

September 13, 2015 at 6:02 pm


This weeks Ethos Assembly will remind us all about the importance of having a Growth Mindset. To help us think about how we should tackle challenges and encourage each other to keep going, we will be sharing a very special story, called ‘The Dot,’ by Peter Reynolds.

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On September 15th (and throughout the week) over 3.7 million people, across 141 different countries will join together to celebrate ‘Dot Day.’ Here at Farsley Farfield, every child will create their own special ‘dots.’ These will be put together to create inspiring displays in both the North and South buildings to remind us all about the importance of knowing ‘we can all make our mark on the world.’


Here is the story, ‘The Dot,’ which we will share together in our assemblies.

Together we will also sing The Dot song.

Some of us have already started to create dots. In Year 2 we have used sharpies to add colour to old CDs and then on the reverse we stuck a dot which we had coloured and then written growth mindset messages on. We’ve suspended them all from the ceiling, so everyday they will remind us of the message in the story and the importance of having a growth mindset.


To see more of The Dot creations in Year 2 – click here to link to the post on the Year 2 blog.

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New Beginnings – with a Growth Mindset.

August 30, 2015 at 6:25 am


Welcome back to another exciting year at Farsley Farfield Primary School. It’s a ‘New Beginning’ for us all, with new classes and new teachers. We start the year with the SEAL (Social and Emotional Aspect of Learning) theme, New Beginnings and the ethos statements will reflect this theme. To continue our work on developing a ‘Growth Mindset,’ the second week will focus on this.

Below is the Ethos Bee for the half term, listing the weekly Ethos Statements from top to bottom.

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Below are some videos and resources which we will share with the children during their first SEAL assemblies and also in their classes.

Have you been to see the new Disney Pixar film, ‘Inside Out,’ over the holidays? It is all about the emotions inside an 11 year old child’s brain (joy, sadness, disgust, fear and anger) and how they control everything she does and thinks. Below is the clip about her starting her new school. How do you feel at the beginning of a school year? What emotions do you feel? Everyone has these different emotions and we will all feel and think different thoughts at the start of the new school year. We’ll think about how we can keep ‘Joy’ as our foremost emotion.

We’ll sing our favourite new song, ‘1000 steps starts with one.’

Many thanks to Phoebe’s Mum for the lovely picture she gave me at the end of term and for giving me permission to share the image. You might well spot this poster in some of the classes in school.

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We’ll watch the video below. Notice the instructions that the boys see. Do they learn from the what they see? How much effort do they put into their work? Why do things go wrong? Would you have done things differently?

Here is a poem about New Beginnings at the start of a school year.

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We’ll think about how every lesson is really a ‘new beginning,’ a new chance to learn and an opportunity to grow our brains. Watching this video will remind us how we are changing all the time and that it is up to us all to make positive changes and to help and support each other, making everyday a truly great day.

Welcome back!

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Playing with a Growth Mindset

July 4, 2015 at 4:34 pm


This game has been created as a collaborative game. The board is our school logo and the playing pieces are the bees. It could be played in pairs or in small groups. It is similar to a Beetle Drive type of game, but can be adapted to suite the age of the players.  The team must work together to complete the task and share the questions and discussions initiated by the Mindset cards. The game could be extended  by encouraging children to create their own sets of cards.

Below you can read the question cards and see examples of a simple , trickier and challenging set of rules.
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We will be playing the game with the children in Year 2 & 6 next week as part of our special day when we host visiting Head teachers from Buckinghamshire for the day and also take part in a special cluster twilight focusing on Growth Mindsets.

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I am working with a ‘Growth Mindset.’

April 13, 2015 at 5:23 pm


We start the Summer Term with an assembly that reminds us the importance of working with a ‘Growth Mindset.’ Children will role play scenarios when we might use a ‘fixed mindset’ phrase and then show how we could change our dialogue to help us work with a ‘Growth Mindset.’

We need to make sure we are not using the dialogue in the red hexagons. If you find yourself wanting to say these words, then try and change them to the words in the green hexagons.

Here’s another catchy song for us to enjoy together.

We will be putting these posters up around school to encourage us all to keep developing a ‘Growth Mindset.’

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What are you doing to show that you are working with a ‘Growth Mindset?’ Post a comment to share your ideas.

Here is a short video which shows the role plays that the children performed in assembly, following an afternoon of drawing and painting dragons, while thinking about the words that came into their heads while they were working and the how they can turn them into positives.

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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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