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What is a Growth Mindset?


Growth mindset is an evidence-based approach to helping children be confident learners.

The theory of Growth Mindset is based on developing a positive mental attitude and approach to learning.

fixed mindset comes from a belief that intelligence and talent are fixed and that talent is more important than effort for achievement.

growth mindset is rooted in research which shows that abilities can be developed through dedication and hard work. This positive mental attitude helps to foster both an interest in learning and resilience against setbacks; both are essential for achievement. 

Growth mindset research also highlights the high number of people with these qualities who have achieved a high level of success in life.

Independent research into growth mindset by the Education Endowment Foundation show that the approach has a positive impact on teaching and learning, emphasising the crucial importance of implementation strategies - knowing about it is not enough. 


Here are just a few things that you can do to help your child develop a growth mindset:

  • Foster curiosity and critical thinking
  • Create challenges and opportunities
  • Use language and activities that promote thinking skills and debate, rather than ‘right or wrong’ answers
  • Value the process of learning - not just the end result
  • Develop a problem-solving approach
  • Promote a positive, nurturing learning environment, free from criticism. 



At Great Milton C of E Primary School we have always tried to teach the curriculum with a creative cross-curricular approach, using exciting themes that we can link the aims and objectives to, making the learning relevant and interesting to aid understanding and retention. We will continue to take this thematic approach in the new National Curriculum and ensure full coverage of the curriculum.


At the beginning of each term we will send home a more detailed topic map of what we will be teaching so you can support your child’s learning at home. Topic maps are also published on each class web page. It may be that we add or move timetables around as the year continues, as we discover how best to ensure we cover all the expectations of the new curriculum in the best way.


You can also view more detailed Programmes of Study on the curriculum subject pages.


It is important that our curriculum is firmly grounded in the desire to promote fundamental British values as part of the spiritual, moral, social and cultural aspects of our life together in school, preparing our children for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of life. British values include respect and tolerance for others, building community cohesion and understanding the difference between the law of the land and religious law.


Finally, please click on the link below to see a full copy of the new curriculum as published by the DfE (Department for Education).


Please see each class page for more information on what is taught in each year group and their class activities. Termly topic webs are updated at the beginning of each term.


Please see links below for more subject information.