This half term, Mrs Fisher and Mr Wilkinson will be leading a series of assemblies focussing on the brain and the importance of having a ‘growth mindset’. This is crucial to the school’s work and it would be very helpful if parents, too, adopted a ‘growth mindset’ attitude and choice of language when discussing school work with their children. A classic error that parents might make is to reassure a child struggling with maths that “I couldn’t do maths at school either.” In effect, this creates a ‘fixed mindset’ that is difficult to shift. We also want parents to join with us in really valuing and learning from errors and mistakes.
There is a host of explanatory material related to this on a new Growth Mindset blog being run by the school and this will grow over the coming months: http://ffgrowthmindset.primaryblogger.co.uk/ There is now a permanent link to this blog from the class blog section of this website.
Look out for information later in the term about sessions for parents around this issue.