Haworth Primary School

Part of Bronte Academy Trust

Rawdon Road, Keighley, West Yorkshire, BD22 8DW

01535642359

office@haworth.bradford.sch.uk

Growth Mindset

At Haworth Primary School; children, parents, staff and governors are all learning about Growth Mindset.

You may hear your children talking about how they have been learning about ‘5 a-day for the Brontë Brain’.

 

We want the children to understand that it is okay to make mistakes, and that some of their best learning is done when they find things the hardest. Rather than simply praising success we praise effort and persistence.

 

We believe the best thing to do is to teach children to love challenges, be intrigued by mistakes, enjoy effort, and keep on learning. For children who find work easy we make sure they encounter more difficult tasks. Our children recognise that effort, persistence and good teaching are what help them improve.

 

Every class will be looking at and learning about the two types of mindsets that children and adults can have a ‘fixed’ mindset and a ‘growth’ mindset. Below is an overview of the traits of each: 

 

Fixed Mindset 

  • I like my work to be easy 
  • I don’t like to try a challenge 
  • I want people to praise me for how clever I am 
  • I believe I cannot change how clever I am 
  • I don’t like to try new things because I won’t be very good at it 
  • I give up easily

 

Growth Mindset 

  • I never give up 
  • I like my work to be difficult – it means I am learning 
  • I love challenges 
  • I want people to praise me for the effort I put into my work 
  • I believe I can get more intelligent by working hard 
  • I like to discover something new 
  • I learn from my mistakes 

 

How you can help at home 

  • Praise the amount of effort your child is putting into things rather than how clever they are; 
  • Talk to your children about their brain being like a muscle - the more they use it, the stronger it gets; 
  • Encourage your children to not give up if they are finding something difficult; 
  • Challenge your children to try something new or challenging.