Great Parents’ Evening last two nights. Excellent positive feedback and a total focus on the children becoming independent learners with a brilliant attitude towards challenging themselves, growing their brains and reaching their potential. Key message: only they can do the learning. Learning is a choice and a verb (a doing word).
Lots of the parents asked for test papers to practice so I have uploaded them onto SeeSaw. Tests only show what the children know and what they need to find out. Tests never predict their future.
With the correct guidance, attitude and effort, all children can learn, grow their brains and get smarter. It is all about personal, persistent progress. Not being the best in the class but doing their best and being the best they can be.
Here are the links to some Past Papers…
Welcome to 2018!
Croeso mawr yn ol i dymor y gwanwyn – a big welcome back to Spring term.
I feel this term is going be brilliant and we will see great progress being made and an increase in independence. The class are coming to understand we are in school to learn, we are all able to learn, we are learning how to learn so lets learn!
We will be continuing our learning about World War 2 this term, and will be transferring the responsibility for planning and learning about this topic increasingly onto the children.
After arranging some amazing training from world class inspirational trainers that I have got to know over the last few years (Gareth Metcalfe, ICT with Mr P and Alan Peat) we will continue to roll out these latest ideas in Maths, English and ICT.
I have shared these Apps (In the video linked below) before but following a term of Maths there are lots of different gaps to be plugged in the class. These apps will plug many gaps and increase confidence when approaching problems in Maths lessons this coming year.
Our PE days remain as indoor PE on Fridays, and Outdoor PE on Wednesdays or Thursdays.
Croeso i flwyddyn 5/6 2017-18
DOSBARTH LILI WEN FACH
Croeso mawr i dudalen dosbarth Lili Wen Fach – Dosbarth Mr J Jones.
Ambitious, Brave, Creative, Caring, Life Long Learners.A huge welcome to Primrose class – Mr J Jones’ class.
We have started a new year at Wat’s Dyke CP School.
What a brilliant Growth Mindset journey we have been on so far but it needs to continue to become embedded into our hearts and lives.
We will keep learning how to learn and have attitudes that become more and more growth mindset all year through many different experiences inside and outside of the classroom.
Our goal… Respectful start to the year with a positive attitude to each other; resilient to overcome challenging tasks and situations; team players who help and support each other; good independent learners who are well organised and responsible.
We are all about being responsible so that we are good and ready for another year here at Wat’s Dyke or moving forward to high school.
Keep checking SeeSaw for class information and flipped learning tasks and Dojo for behaviour and attitude indicators.
Keep on! Never give up!
The visual Maths and Singapore bar modelling will make Maths talk very interesting and the Alan Peat sentences will make our writing very engaging. Everyone needs to make progress and learn this year and only time will tell if it becomes second nature to you and you become life long learners. That’s the goal!
Ambitious, Brave, Creative, Caring, Life Long Learners.
We will be continuing the Growth Mindset journey towards purpose, process and progress in our learning.
We want be the best that we can be so we never need to look back and say, ‘I wish I had tried harder in school.’
For flipped learning and more please look at the SeeSaw feed and Class Dojo class stories and messages as always.
Growth mindset maths …
Anyone having trouble signing up to SeeSaw can message me their email and I’ll email you a sign in link as shown above 👍
Here’s the new Vision for our school. Very exciting times ahead😀👍👍
A great app for reading enjoyment for football fans is NSS Story
Also, here are some Maths games to play with your children at weekends or in the holidays to celebrate Maths. Three short videos aimed at different ages. The ideas and videos are produced by Gareth Metcalfe: who is a superb Maths Consultant…
How can I help my child to improve their learning?
I wrote an educational blog last year when I was working for GwE: with some ideas for parents to help their children at home. You may want to look at the posts. There aren’t many and they are deliberately quite short.
Here is the link: http://jimboseducationblog.blogspot.co.uk/ (All ideas/opinions are my own).
Many thanks to all those who attended the meet and greet session – I hope you found it informative and enlightening!
We discussed many of the changes that are taking place, which we feel will benefit your children hugely, enabling them to take even greater charge of their own learning!
The first of our major changes is that as a whole school we are now developing ‘growth mindset’ awareness among both staff and pupils. It’s an exciting journey that will change the way your children think about their learning and themselves in general.
Every so often a truly groundbreaking idea comes along. Mindset is one of those ideas. It explains:
- Why brains and talent don’t bring success
- How they can stand in the way of it
- Why praising brains and talent doesn’t foster self-esteem and accomplishment, but jeopardises them
- How teaching a simple idea about the brain raises results and productivity
- What all great CEOs, parents, teachers, athletes know
Mindset is a simple idea discovered by world-renowned Stanford University psychologist Professor Carol S. Dweck, Ph.D. in decades of research on achievement and success—a simple idea that makes all the difference.
In a fixed mindset, people believe their basic qualities, like their intelligence or talent, are simply fixed traits. They spend their time documenting their intelligence or talent instead of developing them. They also believe that talent alone creates success—without effort. They’re wrong.
In a growth mindset, people believe that their most basic abilities can be developed through dedication and hard work—brains and talent are just the starting point. This view creates a love of learning and a resilience that is essential for great accomplishment. Virtually all great people have had these qualities.
Teaching a growth mindset creates motivation and productivity in the worlds of business, education, and sports. It enhances relationships.
Here is a link to a short video explaining the Growth Mindset: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-_oqghnxBmY
To promote a Growth Mindset approach throughout the school we have introduced five Golden Principles of Learning.
- I am responsible
- I am resilient
- I show respect
- I learn well
- I’m a team player
PE will be on a Thursday and Friday. Don’t forget your kit. Check the weather forecast.