Wilby Primary

'I can do all things through Him who gives me strength' (Philippians 4:13*) Wilby CE Primary School
  • Wilby is an awesome school packed full of caring students and teachers Gracie
  • We are all different but all equally important at Wilby Alfie
  • Wilby makes learning fun! Jonty
  • Wilby is just the most amazing school in the entire world! Harvey
  • We have a positive attitude towards being ourselves here. We know making mistakes is fine! It is how we learn Wren
  • Being a part of Wilby is like being part of a big family Alex
  • We have faith that everyone will do well and we make sure no one is left behind
  • I love Wilby because no one is left out
  • You are supported so you can achieve the very best at Wilby-it is a great place to be
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Growth Mindset and ReflectED

Each week at Wilby School, pupils from YR to Y6 study ReflectED and Growth Mindset lessons.

Wilby School teaches pupils about the  ReflectED approach towards learning and Growth Mindset is an important aspect of this. The programme which has been supported by the University of York, University of Durham and the Education Endowment Foundation is designed to support and improve attainment for pupils by enhancing their ability to think about their learning, assess their progress, set and monitor goals, identify strengths and challenges in their learning and develop a learning dialogue between pupil and teacher. An overview to the programme can be viewed at https://vimeo.com/245360699.

Wilby's engagement in this action research project came to an end in August 2019, but because of the success of this approach we continue to teach ReflectED/Growth Mindset every week and to ensure it is incorporated into our teaching and learning every day.

Find out more about Growth Mindset read the information below and try reading our Parents/Carers guide to growth mindset by following the link HERE


Above is a picture which is displayed in all classrooms throughout the school, it is a visual aid used to help children describe their learning throughout the day.

We believe the best thing to do is to teach children to love challenges, be intrigued by mistakes, enjoy effort and keep on learning. For children who find work easy we make sure that they encounter more difficult tasks. We want our children to recognise that effort, persistence and good teaching are what help them to improve.

Every class is learning about the two mindsets that children and adults can have; a 'fixed' mindset and a 'growth' mindset

Below is an overview of the traits of each:

Fixed Mindset

  • I like my work to be easy
  • I don't like a challenge
  • I want people to praise me for how clever I am
  • I believe I cannot change how clever I am
  • I don't like to try new things because I won't be very good at them
  • I give up easily


Growth Mindset

  • I never give up
  • I like my work to be difficult
  • I love challenges
  • I want people to praise me for the effort I put in to my work
  • I believe I can get more intelligent by working hard
  • I feel clever when I'm learning something new
  • I learn from my mistakes

It has been proven that having a Growth Mindset can improve children's progress and attainment. As a result we are teaching our children about what growth mindset is and helping them to understand that by having it they can grow their brains and intelligence and achieve anything they want.

How you can help at home

  • Praise the amount of effort your child is putting in to things rather than how clevel they are;
  • talk to your children about their brain being like a muscle-the more they use it the stronger it gets;
  • Encourage your children not to give up when they find things difficult
  • Challenge your children to try something new or challenging

Please also read our Parents/ Carers guide to growth mindset.

If you would like more information on growth mindsets or the ReflectED programme please speak to your class teacher or Mrs Wiseman.

Two really great videos for you to watch on growth mindset with your children can be accessed by following the links below:

  Fanatstic elastic brain

And you can hear /see someone reading the full book here

  The girl who never made mistakes

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Further reading:

'How Children succeed' by Paul Tough

'The Growth Mindset' by carol Dweck

'The optimist child' by Martin Seligman