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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. 


Miss Hourican

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What is a Growth Mindset?

What is a Growth Mindset? 1
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Change Your Words... Change Your Mindset...

Change Your Words... Change Your Mindset... 1
Change Your Words... Change Your Mindset... 2
Change Your Words... Change Your Mindset... 3

Learning Pits

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HWCE Learning Behaviours

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At HWCE we decided on a set of learning behaviours to focus on weekly that will help our children become better learners. 


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


Friday collective worship

◦Celebration of achievement

◦Teachers all share how a child in their class has achieved the learning behaviour and they are presented with a certificate

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Teaching Growth Mindsets


Discrete Teaching in September:

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


Discrete Teaching - Brain Awareness Days:

3 days a year

Day 1 – How We Learn…

◦Visual, Auditory, Kinaesthetic

◦Left or right Brained

◦Different ways of thinking

Day 2 – Celebrating Achievement

◦We are all SMART – The 9 ‘SMARTS’

◦Celebrating differences

◦Monthly achievement collective worship certificates

Day 3 - Memory

◦How memory works

◦How to improve memory


Discrete Teaching - Growth Mindset Lessons:

  • 6 lessons per year – 1 per half term
  • Building a growth Mindset from year R to 6


Embedded Approach to Learning:

  • Learning behaviour focus weekly in lessons
  • I can't do it yet.. when children find things hard
  • Change your words... in all lessons
  • Use of learning pits in lessons
  • Philosophy discussions 
  • Superhero Challenge in Maths - Children choose the level of challenge that suits them


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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 



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Famous Failures - These People Showed a Growth Mindset... Can You? ((( Get The Inspiring Book On Famous Failures))) Inspiring video on persevering no matter how many times...

It’s ok to fail and not get everything right first time… But a good learner never gives up!


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Giraffes Can't Dance - Gerald Shows a Growth Mindset - Can You?

One of my video 2 projects. We had to pick a children's story book and use the pictures and do voiceovers to make the story a video. It came out pretty well I guess! All music is mine! Credit of book is to the mentioned Author and Publisher!

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


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