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Oakridge school believe that all children should be taught how to have a Growth Mind-set. We are encouraging children to change their thinking to believe that they have the ability to learn new information if they practise and work hard. Children need to be able to challenge themselves and take risks, understanding that mistakes help us learn. We remind the children that learning is a journey which can be difficult but with effort they will succeed. The children have learnt how our brain is a muscle and can actually grow when new knowledge is learnt!



Actions influencing mindsets:

Fixed Mindset

Growth Mindset

Praising & rewarding intelligence / ability.

Praising & rewarding effort.

Accepting comments about people’s ability: “I can’t…”

Challenging the idea that ability is fixed: “…not yet.”

Feedback on achievement (grades/levels).

Feedback for improvement (What went well... Even better if...).

Praising good answers.

Praising good questions.

Criticizing errors.

Emphasizing the opportunities from errors.

Hiding your own mistakes / difficulties.

Discussing your own mistakes / difficulties.

Visualising failure.

Visualising the learning progress.

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Take a look at our learning!


 Hedgehogs took up the challenge of making an origami Penguin. With some tricky folds, and “I can’t do it…….. YET!” moments…….. We finally got some amazing penguins for our Winter display.

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Year 2 learnt how our brains grow when we learn something new. We discussed how we might feel during the learning process and how to overcome the barriers to learning.

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How parents can have a Growth Mind-set at home

  • It is important to encourage your child to practise and praise their effort e.g. folding their clothes up, making their bed, shows an effort.
  • If something is difficult e.g. tying their shoelaces, make sure they practise rather than doing it for them.
  • Teach them that mistakes are good because it helps us learn. Praise them for learning from their mistake and explain that they can't do it yet. Don't give up!
  • Tell them that their brain actually grows when they learn something new. Ask them about their day. What have you learnt to grow your brain?
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