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Learning Powers


At Godwin Junior School we recognise that everyone has the capacity to become a better learner. Dr Carol Dweck has identified there are two types of mindset – a fixed mindset and a growth mindset. In essence, people with a fixed mindset believe that their basic abilities and intelligence are set. Those with a growth mindset believe that their talents and abilities can be developed through effort, persistence and practise. As such, it is our responsibility to help our children develop a set of skills which will support them to become powerful learners who understand that their own attitude to learning is crucial. These 'Learning Powers' support our children to become independent, resilient individuals who take responsibility for their own learning. By developing these characteristics children achieve high academic standards whilst also becoming well-rounded and successful young people who are equipped for the future.

We believe that good learners:

  • Are curious: They want to learn more.


  • Persevere:They keep trying.


  • Consider choices: They think carefully about their decisions.


  • Collaborate:They learn from working together.


  • Embrace mistakes:They know that they are important for learning.


  • Evaluate:They reflect on what helps them learn.


  • Explain reasoning:They can articulate their ideas.

At Godwin Junior School we are committed to ensuring that every child has access to the highest possible standards of teaching and learning. Our dedicated staff share our vision and approach to learning. We are committed to developing the whole child, including supporting our pupils to develop the Learning Powers and skills, as well as acquire the knowledge and understanding, which will enable them be successful, to have access to wider opportunities and to be able to make informed choices about the important aspects in their lives.


Our children enjoy actively participating in their learning, which is exciting, challenging and rewarding. They are encouraged to ask questions, pose hypotheses, explain their thinking and respond thoughtfully to the contributions made by their peers. Through reflecting on their own learning, and with the guidance of their teachers, our children recognise what they need to focus on in order to make further progress.




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