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Growth Mindset Learning


At High Wycombe Church of England School we work hard to promote a Growth Mindset in our children. Take a look below to see what this means and how this works at HWCE. 


Teaching Growth Mindsets


Each September we reintroduce the topic of 'Growth Mindset' and each year group will learn about the following:

  • Fixed vs Growth Mindset
  • Change your words… Change your mindset
  • How the brain works
  • Learning Pits
  • What makes a good learner
  • Mindset Manifesto


Throughout the academic year we have 3 days dedicated to exploring and learning about how our brains work with 'Brain Awareness Days'. During these fun- filled days the children learn:


Day 1 – How We Learn…

  • Visual, Auditory or Kinaesthetic?
  • Left or right Brained?
  • Different ways of thinking...


Day 2 – Celebrating Achievement!

  • We are all SMART – The 9 ‘SMARTS’
  • Celebrating differences


Day 3 - Memory

  • How memory works
  • How to improve memory


The notion of having a growth mindset is embedded in all the teaching that we do:

  • Learning behaviour focus weekly in lessons
  • "I can't do it yet.." when children find things challenging we encourage positive use of language
  • Use of learning pits in lessons
  • Philosophy discussions 
  • Superhero Challenge in Maths - Children choose the level of challenge that suits them


What SMART are you?

What is a Growth Mindset?

Change Your Words... Change Your Mindset...

HWCE Learning Behaviours

At HWCE we decided on a set of learning behaviours to focus on weekly that will help our children become better learners. A learning behaviour focus for the week is introduced on Monday morning and reinforced throughout the week.


Monday morning:

  • Learning behaviour focus for the week launched in classes
  • Launched with a stimulus e.g. a story, song, picture
  • Stimulus discussed (how it links to the learning  behaviour, how it can help us improve that behaviour)
  • Inspirational Quote shared and discussed in relation to learning behaviour


Focus in lessons:

  • It is a focus for all lessons that week
  • Discussed at start of lesson – How could we achieve this today
  • Discussed at end of lesson – What did we do to achieve this





Here are some of the principles that underlie philosophy for children. They are based around helping children and young people become more thoughtful, curious and reasonable. 


  • Good thinking is learned from dialogue with others.
  • Children need to take part in dialogues that provide examples and models of good thinking .
  • Claims should be tested in argument. Argument is seen not as a quarrel but as a collaborative search for the best answer to a question.
  • To think well is to be creative as well as critical. Creative thinkers make connections, speculate and explore alternatives.
  • Good thinking depends on attitudes as well as abilities. Children should be encouraged to be reasonable in the fullest sense of the word.
  • People make sense of the the world though a web of concepts. We should talk with children about significant concepts.
  • It is good for children and adults to talk together about philosophical questions — questions that matter and that link thinking about one area of experience to thinking about experience as a whole.


Philosophy is designed to enable to develop children's thinking in the following ways:

  1. Encourage Questioning
  2. Develop Concepts through open ended discussions
  3. Encourage dialogue and positive argument
  4. Work for reasonableness through enquiry 



Christian Value Links


Hope - Determined - Believing you can do it!

Respect - Supportive of Others, Enquiring, Listening Well, Effective Communicators, Open Minded

Friendship - Supportive of Others, Positive, Critical Thinkers

Thankfulness - Resourceful, Open Minded

Trust - Risk Takers, Challenging Ourselves, Confident, Independent 

Forgiveness - Self-Motivated, Open Minded

Peace - Patience, Self-Motivated, Effective Communicators

Service - Listening Well, Effective Communicators

Compassion - Supportive of Others, Positive, Listening Well