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Positive Attitudes and Skills

At Chaucer Junior School we have a creative and pupil led curriculum.

The children have an input into what they learn and the content changes to reflect the children's current interests. We endeavour to make the curriculum as stimulating and interesting as possible for our children. We enrich the daily curriculum through trips and visits, by inviting guests into school and by having special themed days and weeks.

Curriculum themes

  Autumn Autumn Spring Spring Summer  Summer
Year 3 Trible Tales Tremors Urban Pioneers Predator Gods and Mortals Scrumdidlyumptious
Year 4 Blue Abyss I am a warrior Playlist Roadtrip USA Traders & Raiders Potions
Year 5 Pharoahs Off with her head Stargazers   Scream Machine TimeTraveller
Year 6 A Child's War Frozen Kingdom Revolution Darwin's Delights ID Hola Mexico

The theme title is sometimes the same for each year group but the content and skills are age specific.

From February 2017 We became a growth mindset school.  This is a golden thread running through all we do at school.

 

What is Growth Mindset?

 

 

Growth Mindset is the idea Professor Carol Dweck, the Lewis and Virginia Eaton Professor of Psychology at Stanford University. Dweck has conducted a lifetime’s research into mindsets and established an opposition between a fixed mindset (the belief that intelligence is fixed) and a growth mindset (the belief that intelligence can grow). The differences Dweck establishes are well illustrated in this helpful infographic by Nigel Holmes

The children are encouraged to foster a growth mindset to enable themselves to be self motivated and independent learners in the future.

 

Dweck’s approach to mindset was sparked by her own experience of education. In her book, she describes what happened in her sixth-grade class:

Even as a child, I was focused on being smart, but the fixed mindset was really stamped in by Mrs. Wilson, my sixth-grade teacher… She believed that people’s IQ scores told the whole story of who they were. We were seated around the room in IQ order, and only the highest-IQ students could be trusted to carry the flag, clap the erasers, or take a note to the principal. Aside from the daily stomachaches she provoked with her judgmental stance, she was creating a mindset in which everyone in the class had one consuming goal—look smart, don’t look dumb. Who cared about or enjoyed learning when our whole being was at stake every time she gave us a test or called on us in class?

Our aim as a school has to be to build the growth mindset in our young people, and avoid the fixed mindset that can trap them into a premature plateau and cause them to fall short of their unknowable potential.

 

As a school we tweet and blog about Growth Mindset and we will share our journey with parents and stake holders on FRIDAY 9th JUNE @ 2pm