What is Growth Mindset?

A ‘Growth Mindset’ refers to a way of thinking, learning and embracing challenges. Someone with a growth mindset is able to take on feedback and use it effectively. They are also able to take on new challenges, push themselves outside of their comfort zone and show great levels of perseverance and resilience. 

Research shows that those with a growth mindset (as opposed to a fixed mindset) achieve in life, are successful in all they do and are happy- which is exactly what we want for all of our learners at George Street Primary! 

Carol Dweck is one of the world's leading researchers in the field of Growth Mindset success.

Click here to listen to Professor Dweck discussing the main principles behind the concept of a Growth Mindset.

The Learning Pit

The Learning Pit, created by James Nottingham, is used around the world to promote challenge, dialogue and a growth mindset.

Here at George Street Primary ‘The Learning Pit’ is used in every class from Nursery to Year 6. It helps our children to embrace challenge and develop a wide range of strategies which they can use when they are ‘stuck’ or ‘in the pit’. The children understand that it is good to be ‘in the pit’ because that is where learning takes place. Ask your child about The Learning Pit today!

Click here to watch the video clip below for an effective short animation explaining the main principles behind James Nottingham’s Learning Pit.

Metacognition and The Learning Characters

Metacognition is ‘learning about learning’ and ‘thinking about thinking’. At George Street Primary we use a range of Meta-cognitive strategies which enable our children to think about learning at a deeper level.

Studies highlight that metacognition impacts positively on the progress that all children can make in school. Metacognition encourages children to take a greater responsibility and have more ownership of their learning, with staff supporting and encouraging them.  

In order to promote the key themes of metacognition and develop the language of learning/ Growth Mindset we have a created a set of Learning Characters. These characters are designed by a group of children and each character has any accompanying story which explains and explores their learning journey. The children are introduced to a new character each half term. They are;

  • Persevere with Pop
  • Be Creative with Cal
  • Be Motivated with Marty
  • Be Resourceful with Robbie and Ruby
  • Be Reflective with Rylee

Solo Taxonomy

Solo Taxonomy is another learning tool used throughout our school. It allows our children to assess their level of thinking and understanding and has allowed us to develop a common language of learning across the school.

Click here to watch a short video clip which explains Solo Taxonomy using Lego. 

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