Mistakes are often an essential part of the learning process and viewing them as a positive thing is often these days called having a “Growth Mindset”. We continue to work with children to ensure that they have this positive attitude. For example rather than thinking, that they are no good at something they would think of what they can do to improve, or I have made a mistake, what can I do to improve.
Lunchtime is always a busy time in school. Amongst the active games and excitement it is good to have the opportunity of simply talking with children. Last week there was a group of year 5 who were reading a book about the Second World War. During the conversation I was told that a relative of one of them had been actively involved in the French resistance and they had spent some time actively researching his role in the war. It really was a remarkable and memorable 5 or 10 minutes.