The Hidden Curriculum

Our hidden curriculum refers to everything children learn outside of the formal teaching curriculum. 

Growth Mindset

At WHGS, we know that children who have a positive attitude towards their learning, will perform well in primary school. Children with a growth mindset believe that intelligence can be developed – it isn’t fixed; they thrive in the face of challenge, embrace and celebrate mistakes and they see effort as a key part of their learning journey. Having a growth mindset means being open to and acting on feedback, being a reflective learner and ensuring they are in the learning zone, constantly challenging themselves. Instilling our children with a growth mindset is a priority for the school and the children are enthusiastic about this ethos. We encourage children to take creative risks and to try new strategies with the intention of developing their resilience in the face of a mistake. Mistakes play a vital part in the learning process: When a new mistake is made, this is a crucial learning point, an opportunity for a misconception to be addressed.  We praise children for identifying their mistakes and recognising how they have learnt from them. The Best in Everyone – this is what we embed in our pupils and in order to reach their full potential, we want our them to understand how they can be the best learner that they can be. Since introducing the concept earlier this year, pupils have participated in a range of Growth Mindset lessons, assemblies and truly embraced the language. We, as a school, look forward to continuing on our growth mindset journey.

WHGS Learning Powers:

In order to support the development of a growth mindset and metacognitive skills, we use eight key learning powers: 

  • Don’t Give Up (Deema Duck)
  • Enjoy Learning (Edward Elephant)
  • Keep Improving (Ishan Insect)
  • Use Your Imagination (Isabel Iguana)
  • Be Cooperative (Tim and Tina Tortoises)
  • Concentrate (Kuba Caterpillar)
  • Be Curious (Colin Camel)
  • Have a Go (Hamed Hedgehog)
Deema the Duck Edward the Elephantt Ishan the Insect Isabel the Iguana
Tim and Tina the Tortoises  Kuba the Caterpillar  Colin the Camel  Hamed the Hedgehog 

We aim to provide the children with the tools to take ownership over their learning: knowing how to learn and learning about how to think. By using these learning powers, children develop their awareness of what makes a good learner. Each week, in our Friday Learning Power assembly, we celebrate the learner of the week and share how they have successfully demonstrated a learning power!

How you can help at home:

Promote the Growth Mindset language in and around the home.

  • Encourage your child to try something new
  • Praise your child for effort rather than intelligence
  • Discuss how the brain works and how it becomes stronger, like a muscle
  • Promote the Growth Mindset language in and around the home

We want the Best from Everyone!

This is the driving ethos at WHGS Primary Phase and the United Learning group of schools.

This ethos underpins our core values:

  • Ambition – to achieve the best for ourselves and others;
  • Confidence – to have the courage of our convictions and to take risks in the right cause;
  • Creativity – to imagine possibilities and make them real;
  • Respect – for ourselves and others in all that we do;
  • Enthusiasm – to seek opportunity, find what is good and pursue talents and interests;
  • Determination – to overcome obstacles and reach success.

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