Tough Turtle of the Week

Ruby Stonestreet – for continuing to work incredibly hard in maths. Her perseverance towards fractions and percentages is amazing and she now understands it so much better.

Independent Me

As part of our Growth  Mindset Initiative, we are also launching our Independent Me concept this term. This is aimed at developing the resilience and independence of pupils at Pioneer Schools, enabling them to apply their skills and understanding further.

There are 4 areas, all with their own icon. These will be displayed in classrooms and around the schools.

Growth Mindset Day

Last week, we continued with our learning of what Growth Mindset is and we held our Growth Mindset Day on Friday 16th September. We completed challenges that were really tricky and remembered that even if we found it hard, we had to keep going and keep trying to work out the answer.

We held a workshop for parents on Friday, thank you to those who were able to come. The key messages from the workshop were:

  • To ensure that we all praise children for their EFFORT rather than their ACHIEVEMENT, as this encourages children to continue to try hard in all areas of learning.
  • There is nothing that you can’t do. Only things that you can’t do YET

We’ve seen the children’s mindsets begin to shift from fixed to growth and have been celebrating their efforts in school. If your child demonstrates a growth mindset in their lives outside of school, please share it with your child’s teacher so that it can be celebrated in school.

We are celebrating one child each week for using their growth mindset to extend their learning in school. This child will receive a certificate in assembly and be celebrated in the newsletter.
Well done to Georg Danielsen for being our first Tough Turtle for last Week!

Introduction to Growth Mindset

This academic year, we will be learning all about how our brains work and how learning occurs through the electrical connections in our brains. We will be finding out how the learning powers of resilience, curiosity and making connections in learning can help us to build and strengthen our knowledge and understanding of all different areas. We will be learning about how the language we use can help us to change from a ‘fixed mindset’ to a ‘growth mindset’.

In assembly this week, we learned that we have to imagine ourselves as bouncy balls and if we find something tricky, we shouldn’t give up but should bounce back, just like the ball!

In a fixed mindset, people believe their basic qualities, like their intelligence or talent, are simply fixed traits. They also believe that talent alone creates success — without effort. Whereas, in a growth mindset, people believe that their most basic abilities can be developed through dedication and hard work — brains and talent are just the starting point. This view creates a love of learning and a resilience that is essential for great accomplishment.