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Davyhulme Primary School, Davyhulme
Dear Parents and Cares , we are sending out a very detailed letter containing very important advice on coping with Covid for the holidays - a copy will also appear on the website . If you need to keep School informed about a Covid case that may affect the whole school community then please email us at Covid19@davyhulmeprimary.com over the holidays and a senior member of staff will monitor and act on significant disclosures of information. Families should always follow the latest advice from Trafford Public Health and follow the government guidelines where appropriate. Have a safe and restful break.
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Growth Mindset

At Davyhulme Primary School, we know that pupils who have a positive attitude towards their learning will make good progress and be successful. Consequently, instilling all our pupils with 'growth mindsets' has become a key priority for the school this year. We have introduced the theories of Dr Carol Dweck to staff and pupils during a staff Inset in January 2020 and we are determined to embed its ideas within our school ethos. 

We want all our pupils to relish challenges, embrace their mistakes as part of the learning process, value the importance of effort, respond carefully to feedback and take inspiration from others. This will help them to achieve, not only with us, but also in their future lives as adults.

We are very excited about the prospect of nurturing a growth mindset culture at Davyhulme Primary School. Please see the Growth Mindset presentation for parents. 

Encouraging children to become confident and resilient learners

We know that in order to fulfil the potential of our pupils and encourage them to become confident and resilient learners we, as a team of parents and staff, need to be modelling the mindset of a learner who is not afraid of making mistakes, but who thrives upon them, knowing that this is all part of the learning process. The way in which we encourage children to learn and explore is vital to their success, not only at school but at home as well.

At Davyhulme Primary School, we consistently endeavour to challenge and develop the attitudes of all pupils and staff towards learning by considering what makes a successful learner. We have dedicated sessions in class to address what kind of learners we want to be and how we can positively approach challenges inside and outside the classroom. The school is buzzing with talk of perseverance, challenge, risks and celebrating mistakes.

Central to this attitude and approach to learning, are the theories and proven evidence of Growth Mindset. This is a term coined by psychologist Carol Dweck and her research has identified the characteristics of learners with a fixed and a growth mindset:

The following video explains the concept in more detail: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KUWn_TJTrnU

Key aspects of growth mindset at Davyhulme Primary School:

  • We celebrate making mistakes – we can learn from them;
  • We promote the use of ‘ I can’t do this YET…’
  • We never give up – perseverance is the key if we are to succeed;
  • We learn from each other;
  • We don’t compare ourselves with others;
  • We challenge ourselves and take risks;
  • We remember that our brains are making new connections and growing all the time.

For further information on how to encourage confident and resilient learners at home, have a look at some of the links below.

https://www.mindsetworks.com/parents/growth-mindset-parenting https://www.oxfordlearning.com/growth-mindset-tips-for-parents/

http://www.bbc.co.uk/cbeebies/grownups/help-your-child-try-new-things