Growth Mindset and Learning Muscles
At Ings Primary School, we know that pupils who have a positive attitude towards their learning will make good progress and be successful. Consequently, instilling all our pupils with 'growth mindsets' has become a key priority for the school.
We want all our pupils to relish challenges, embrace their mistakes as part of the learning process, value the importance of effort, respond carefully to feedback and take inspiration from others. This will help them to achieve, not only with us, but also in their future lives as adults.
Central to this attitude and approach to learning, are the theories and proven evidence of Growth Mindset. This is a term coined by psychologist Carol Dweck and her research has identified the characteristics of learners with a fixed and a growth mindset:
The following video explains the concept in more detail: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KUWn_TJTrnU
Encouraging children to become confident and resilient learners
At Ings, we know that in order to fulfil the potential of our pupils and encourage them to become confident and resilient learners we, as a team of parents and staff, need to be modelling the mindset of a learner who is not afraid of making mistakes but who thrives upon them, knowing that this is all part of the learning process.
Key aspects of growth mindset at Ings Primary School:
We celebrate making mistakes – we can learn from them;
We never give up – perseverance is the key if we are to succeed;
We learn from each other;
We don’t compare ourselves with others;
We challenge ourselves and take risks;
We remember that our brains are making new connections and growing all the time.
Our Learning Muscles
To enable our children to become lifelong learners, It is essential to develop the children’s independent learning skills. At Ings, we have 8 learning muscles to support children in developing these skills: Don’t give up, Concentrate, Be Curious, Have a go, Imagination, Keep Improving, Be Cooperative and Enjoy Learning.
These learning Muscles are shared and developed at weekly assemblies and children are celebrated when they demonstrate these skills through dojo points and weekly classroom certificates.