Horsforth Newlaithes

Primary School

Growth Mindsets


This week's ethos statement is: 

I can learn from my mistakes.  I know that ‘failure is the key to success’


This term, we will be leading a series of assemblies and class discussions focusing on the brain and the importance of having a ‘growth mindset’. This is crucial, not only to school’s work but in everything we do! It would be very helpful if parents, too, adopted a ‘growth mindset’ attitude and choice of language when discussing school work with their children:

INSTEAD OF…

TRY THINKING…

I’m not good at this

What am I missing?

I give up

I’ll use a different strategy

It’s good enough

Is this really my best work?

I can’t make this any better

I can always improve

This is too hard

This may take some time

I made a mistake

Mistakes help me learn

I just can’t do this

I am going to train my brain

I’ll never be that smart

I will learn how to do this

Plan A didn’t work

There is always Plan B

My friend can do it

I will learn from them


We want parents to join with us in really valuing and learning from errors and mistakes.

The first assembly of the term saw Mr Dalrymple set each year group a challenge:

Reception: Using creative ways to problem solve
Year 1: Learning to hoola-hoop
Year 2: Learning to speed stack cups
Year 3: Learn how to French skip
Year 4: Learning a dance
Year 5: Learning to hoola-hoop
Year 6: Learning a skipping challenge

Each year group has until the end of this half term to master these challenges and then report back to the rest of the school on how they dealt with tackling the task in hand. The intention is for everyone to learn that through making mistakes, the best learning takes place. We want everyone to show resilience: keeping going even when you have made mistakes. We want everyone to work together to solve problems to overcome challenges. Watch this space on how the classes progress!