This week we our Growth Mindset journey has been all about setting targets and challenging ourselves. To improve at anything you have to have the motivation to succeed. To help with this process, setting goals and having a target to aim for is incredibly important. If you challenge yourself, you may not be completely successful, but in trying to reach your goal you will have made improvements in your learning. You will also begin to learn that the road to success is all about hard work, and determination and effort. If you challenge yourself and try your best, you can be happy with the outcome, whether you reached your target or not.
Our assembly on Monday we read the story of Mirette on the High Wire.
The main attraction however, featured the amazing and inspirational hula hooping tricks of our very own Mr Tillotson. He put on an incredible hula hooping show to inspire and amaze us. He has been practicing his hula hooping for five years, and at the peak of his learning he was practising for 1 hour each day. He had a coach and mentor to give him advice and feedback on how he was doing and help him learn new tricks. Not only did hula hooping keep him fit, it gave him a challenge and a series of stepping stones to keep on improving.
During the assembly, staff volunteered to take the hula hooping challenge and see how they could improve over the course of the week. Of course, the children were inspired by Mr Tillotson; the hula hoops came out for each playtime and all over the playground, children could be found swinging the hoops around their bodies, arms, legs, necks and hands.
Friday assembly provided the children with an opportunity to share what skills they had developed over the course of the week and discuss the challenges they had set for themselves.
This type of challenge is not exclusive to hula hooping. In our spelling work across school, the children are taking a blond test at the start of the week and challenging themselves to get an improved score by the end of the week. This progress score tells the children a lot about how focussed effort can lead to progress. It also encourages the children to set themselves targets with their learning.
Here is a super video of Y6’s Growth Mindset journey
Growth Mindset – Week 3 – Challenge and the Learning Pit from Burley and Woodhead CE Primary on Vimeo.