At St Mary’s we want to equip children to be the best learners they can be. Not just during their time here with us but throughout their life. To enable this we need to help them to foster all the attributes of a growth mind-set.
Growth mind-set is a theory centred around the belief that intelligence and learning can be developed and improved. If someone has a growth mind-set, they have a positive attitude towards learning and a belief in their ability to progress and achieve.
Pupils who possess a growth mind-set are able to rise to challenges and learn from the mistakes they make, rather than feeling distressed and defeated if they are unable to do or understand something.
In this very interesting video the power of a growth mind-set is explained further. Carol Dweck is a psychologist who has studied student attitudes for 30 years.
To help our pupils develop a healthy growth mind-set we promote our Super Seven. These are 7 attitudes for learning, they are:
Through assemblies, class sessions, reward incentives and day to day lessons we promote these attitudes. We explain what each one means and give children clear examples of what these attitudes look like. The following pages help to explain each area in more detail.
Following Boris Johnson’s 8pm announcement we now know that as of midnight tonight the country has entered a new period of Lockdown, a Lockdown that includes the closure of school.
School will be open for the children of Key Workers and for pupils who are deemed vulnerable. All pupils will be provided with work in order for them to keep learning.
Tonight’s announcement was very short notice for you as parents and also for us as a Staff. Tomorrow, by 11am there will be three tasks on the school website for each Class to complete as their Tuesday learning. However, School will be closed to ALL pupils tomorrow.
Staff, however, will be in school preparing for the rest of the Lockdown. Through tomorrow we will prepare school to make it safe for Key worker pupils and vulnerable children to return.
We will send out a form for you to apply for a place in the Keyworker Bubbles and we will let you know more about how children will be learning remotely. We will do our very best to re-open to Key Worker children and vulnerable pupils by Wednesday.
I am aware of how difficult this is for you all, School closing creates a multitude of problems for everyone but data surrounding this awful disease dictates that this is a necessary step. As ever, the safety and health of everyone must be a priority.
Thank you for your continued support and we will be in frequent contact over the next few days.