I know How to Keep my Brain Healthy

In our Growth Mindset assemblies this week we are thinking about how to keep our brains healthy. This video gives you four key things to think about. They include: eating well; drinking plenty of water; being active and getting plenty of sleep.

This week our Growth Mindset challenge is all about origami and paper folding.

Learning new skills is always a challenge. To complete origami and paper folding challenges you have to be able to follow instructions closely. It is also a great way of developing your fine motor skills (using your hands) and also spatial awareness (folding paper precisely into particular shapes).

This first video gives you step by step instructions to make an Origami Fox.

This video includes lots of simple origami ideas that you can try inside the classroom.

Developing your Brain – Tetris, Tangrams and Spatial Awareness

I know different parts of my brain do different things and I can develop my brain through purposeful practice and perseverance.

Your brain does an incredible number of complex jobs.

When it comes to training your brain and carving out neural pathways, you can develop your brain in whatever way you want to.

Here are a couple of challenges that can help you to develop your spatial awareness. Spatial awareness is the ability to be aware of yourself in space and in relation to other people and things. It also involves understanding the relationship between object when they change position.

Spatial awareness is something that you can develop and work on in a whole range of different ways. It is important for everyone to develop their spatial awareness. It helps you to visualise things and come up with ideas to test out. You can develop spatial awareness in many different ways by playing different games and sports, solving puzzles, using computer programmes and coding, building with Lego and many other practical activities.

Boys and girls can develop their spatial awareness in exactly the same way – through practice and playing.

Here are a couple of practical activities to have a go at to develop the parts of your brain that help you with ‘spatial awareness.’

Tetris – in this simple puzzle you have to line up the different shapes so that they fit together to make a complete line. 









Tangrams – The world of Tan

Tangrams are an ancient Chinese puzzle. Follow the link to find many puzzles that you can have a go at for yourself. You may find them tricky at first, but if you persevere, pay attention and learn from your mistakes as you go along, you will very soon find yourself getting better and improving your ‘spatial awareness’.

You can also download paper ones too – we’ll be having a go at these in school.

Tangram Puzzles Tangram Solutions Tangram Template i

Growth Mindset and Neuroplasticity

To start the year we watched this video which reminds us all how we can shape and sculpt our brains with purposeful practice, grit, determination and resilience.


After this, we set some of our willing teachers the Spanish ‘Chocolate’ challenge.

Having watched the video, they had a go at the clapping game before disappearing for 15 minutes in order to practice and see if they could establish some ‘Chocolate’ neural pathways. After 15 minutes of practice it was amazing to see what they had achieved.

Ingleborough Endeavours

In February, year 6 went on a residential to Ingleborough Hall. There were plenty of Growth Mindset stories made there. For example, Lucy was going Gorge-Scrambling with her group. Even when faced with enormous boulders and steep climbs, she never gave up. Also, Lucy tried her absolute best with everything. Another story is with Isaac (who also attended the residential). He was on a long trek with his group when his feet started to ache. Even though it hurt with every step, Isaac kept on going and eventually reached the end.

Of course, there were many other Growth Mindset stories, yet these stood out the most. Well done, you two!

By Bethan

Biking Bravery in Reception

In our school, Reception class were outside learning how to ride bikes. Hannah, a child taking part in this activity, found difficulty doing it. She kept on falling off, yet she always got straight back on again. Hannah found that- with plenty of perseverance- she could eventually do it.

Very good, Hannah!

Keep on riding that bike and being determined!

By Bethan


Junior Max Whitlock at Burley Woodhead

In a P.E lesson that took place in our school, Tom was really struggling with his handstand. He had thought that it was impossible and that he would never do it. Despite this, he kept  on trying really hard and eventually found that he could do it. He tried again and again and discovered that he was actually really good at it. Tom was so good, in fact, that he was even asked to demonstrate his skills to the rest of the class!

Well done Tom! Maybe we’ll be seeing you at the Olympics in the future!

By Bethan

Get ready for the Burley Woodhead Skipathon

The Burley Woodhead Skipathon in aid of the NSPCC will help you get active and and join together with the whole school community for a day of non-stop skipping fun.

Whether you have never skipped before or are ready to take your skipping to the next level, our day of skipping will have something for you. Each class will take a turn with the skipping ropes so that there will be a group of people skipping from the first bell until the end of the day.

To help you prepare for the day, here is a selection of videos. Will you learn to do the double dutch with your friends or try the snake shake? Check out these videos to see what you could do on skipathon day.

Games for EYFS and little skippers

Double Dutch skipping with a brain game twist

A youtube playlist showing you different types of skipping technique

More videos showcasing skipping tricks for you to try

Junior Tom Daley at Burley Woodhead!

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Imogen was recently recommended for a diving club. It all started when Year 5 went for their weekly swimming sessions on Monday. In this particular class, they were practicing their diving skills. At first, Imogen was a little bit unsure, however she persevered and carried on and now she has joined the club.

What is also very impressive about this story is that Imogen is already part of lots of clubs after school, but she decided to take up diving anyway.

Well done! Keep going with your diving and don’t be put off by the odd belly flop!

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GMS and girls football

Girls Football team

The Y5 and 6 girl’s football team personified what it is to have a Growth Mindset on Friday night. In appalling conditions, they came back to overhaul a 2:0 halftime deficit to win the second half 4 goals to 1 to end up winning the game 4:3.

The half time team talk involved some excellent tactical advice from coach Brodaty which was followed to the letter by the brave and courageous girls in the team.

Their heads never dropped, and they grew in stature as the second half progressed. Well done girls! Win, lose or draw, a ‘Growth Mindset’ will always earn you the result you have worked for!

Can you do Cat’s Cradle YET?

Our final assembly of the half term had us all thinking about the power of the word ‘YET’.

In Monday assembly we had the official launch of the Burley Woodhead Cat’s Cradle Challenge. A group of children came to the front in assembly to demonstrate that they could NOT do the Cat’s Cradle YET.

You can guess what happened next. Having studied the videos in the YET pages and gathered up the necessary pieces of string, the children spent the week turning themselves into Cat’s Cradle experts. From being complete novices who could not do it YET on Monday, groups of children could be seen collaborating with one another throughout the school. Experts were popping up all over the place! Some children even taught themselves how to do solo Cat’s Cradle!!!!

Growth Mindset – Week 6 – Yet from Burley and Woodhead CE Primary on Vimeo.


Clearly, the word YET is a very powerful one. With dedication, commitment, determination, feedback and collaboration you can learn anything!