Pre-Prep Blog Archive
The Power of ‘Yet’
Published on: Monday, March 25, 2019
To conclude our assemblies on developing a Growth Mindset, we thought about how we have all probably uttered the phrase, “I can’t do that” when faced with a difficult challenge. We now know that with practice, hard work and perseverance, this probably isn’t true, but that doesn’t mean everything will be easy. However, the addition of a very small word can make a very big difference in how we tackle challenges.
“I can’t play the piano”, versus, “I can’t play the piano, yet.”
“I can’t ride my bike without stabilisers”, versus, “I can’t ride my bike without stabilisers, yet.”
“I can’t read this book”, versus, “I can’t read this book, yet.”
The children agreed that by using the word ‘yet’, it changed the way they felt about things; nothing seems quite as difficult and definitely not impossible!
Magical Maths and Sensational Science
Published on: Monday, March 18, 2019
Pre-Prep fully embraced all things maths and science last week as we celebrated a week dedicated to these amazing subjects.
During the week the children took part in a host of activities and experiments to develop curiosity, observation, questioning and, above all, provide moments of awe, surprise and wonder.
The week culminated in a big celebration which saw the children come to school dressed in a mathematical/scientific inspired outfit and bring their parents along to join in the fun.
Parents were also treated to a special assembly where we celebrated maths and science through music and song and revealed the class who had won the hotly contested competition of ‘how many jellybeans in the jar’!
What a wonderful way to inspire young minds.
The Magic of Mistakes
Published on: Monday, March 4, 2019
In our assemblies we are continuing to learn about our amazing brains and this week learned about the benefits of making mistakes. We agreed that we all make mistakes every day but that some can be bigger and more upsetting than others. Sometimes we make mistakes when we are not concentrating such as putting our shoes on the wrong feet or our jumpers on back to front. Sometimes we make mistakes when we get into a muddle such as confusing b/d or writing our numbers the wrong way round.Sometimes we make mistakes that cause us to feel embarrassed, especially when those mistakes are made in front of a watchful audience.
We read a story called, ‘The Girl Who Never Made Mistakes’ by Mark Pett and Gary Rubinstein, in which the overriding message was that we should learn from our mistakes, let go, laugh and enjoy the ride! Fear of making mistakes can be overwhelming for some people and stop them from trying new things. We agreed the girl in the story seemed much happier when she did start making mistakes as she found out that life was much more fun!
I shared with the children two of my favourite sayings, one from Einstein, “Anyone who has never made a mistake has never tried anything new” and one I once saw on a poster, ‘I have learned so much from my mistakes, I’m thinking of making a few more!’
Hopefully the children will also embrace their mistakes and begin to understand them as a really important part of their learning.