Highfields Primary School

Part of the Attenborough Learning Trust

A National Support School

Growth Mindset



Growth Mindset at Highfields Primary School

The term ‘growth mindset’ refers to a way of thinking, learning and taking on challenges. A person with a growth mindset is open to constructive criticism, takes feedback and uses it, takes on new challenges, pushes themselves outside of their comfort zone and shows resilience and perseverance.

Studies show that it is people with a growth mindset (as opposed to a fixed mindset) who achieve in life, are successful in all they do and are happy. Of course, this is exactly what we want for all our children. Growth Mindset at Highfields Primary School

Having been introduced to the concept of growth mindset at Highfields Primary School in September 2014, children have participated in a range of activities to learn more about it and try to display a growth mindset in school and at home.

Children are taught how their brains work and how new connections are formed when we try new things and practise them, over and over.

Children have learnt about famous and influential people who have succeeded due to having a growth mindset and not giving up on their goal.

We have had PSHE lessons and assemblies about growth mindset, but most importantly, teachers and children have embraced the language and the way of thinking that promotes using a growth mindset in all lessons.

As a whole school we decicded to develop Growth Mindset Characters to refect characteristics that are important to us as a school. To do this, we undertook the following process.

1. The Brief

To develop six recognisable characters that reflects our definition of the ‘Good Learner’ and serve as Growth Mindset reminder for us all.

2. The Questionnaire

We used a maximum of two words to write down six traits of the ‘Good Learner’ (rank 1-6). Discussed with a Learning Partner why the traits were chosen and ranked in that order. Collated the top six traits form each class, phase, and teachers.

3. The Results

    Foundation Stage

  1. Try hard
  2. Listen
  3. Try your best
  4. Enjoy learning
    Year 1 & 2
  1. Good listener
  2. Determination
  3. Tries hard/has a go
  4. Positive
  5. Communication
  6. Kind
    Year 3 & 4
  1. Perseverance
  2. Good Listener
  3. Positive Growth mind set
  4. Trying your best
  5. Teamwork
  6. Resilience
    Year 5 & 6
  1. Perseverance
  2. Good Listener
  3. Share ideas
  4. Positive attitude
  5. Respectful
  6. Enthusiastic
    Teachers
  1. Positive
  2. Perseverance
  3. Good Listener
  4. Positive attitude
  5. Patient
  6. Enthusiastic
    Whole School Final Six
  1. Perseverance
  2. Good Listener
  3. Resilience
  4. Positive attitude
  5. Tries their best
  6. Works with others

4. The Competition

  • Children had to choose one trait from the final six and draw a character that emphasises it
  • Characters had to be in full colour of a chosen media which could be mixed
  • The character could have been an animal or fictional character or combination of the two
  • Images of animals were provided to support the children with their drawing accuracy
  • 5. The Competition

    Winning entries were:

  • Refined for electronic use
  • Used as a reminder in electronic planning, class/whole school displays etc.
  • Used by selected children to convert them into 3D models
  • Displayed in foyer alongside the 3D model
  • Collaborative Crab

    Persevering Penguin

    Positive Python

    Try Hard Turtle

    Resilient Rhino

    Good Listening Bat

    Talking Toucan