going for goals

Epic fails, graffiti walls and the flat-pack challenge at Woldingham School, Surrey

At Woldingham School in Surrey senior teacher Gail Haythorne has developed a whole school approach to building persistence and resilience. Inspired by research on growth mindset, she was given some time to develop a programme in school that would help students and staff understand and apply four key principles, which the school  expresses in imperatives: “flex, try, feed back, inspire’.”.

“Flex” is a way of communicating brain plasticity by comparing the brain to a muscle, which can be trained through effort and a degree of overtaxing.

Dealing with challenge

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This session from 2simple has some useful challenge activities that would be good for a carousel in the hall, with children then exploring the feelings they experienced when undertaking the tasks – and how they coped with those feelings. The slides and teaching about emotional resilience are a bit basic and not quite so useful.

New Year lesson plans

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This toolkit from Mentally Healthy Schools has primary activities, lesson plans and assembly plans to help children to think about who they are as a person, recognise what they are good at, identify positive things about themselves, learn from their experiences and set goals.

One 20-30 minute activity helps encourage staff and pupils to think about their aspirations for the year ahead, especially in relation to mental health and wellbeing.

Going for Goals primary round-up

We’ve uploaded new primary resources for work on Going for Goals, with the highlight some lessons based on the award-winning SOAR, a lovely short film about persistence.

Find them at http://sealcommunity.org/member-resource/new-primary-going-goals-round

Look out for new resources for worries, depression and self-awareness (Good to be me/Learning about me SEAL themes) later this term – you’ll find them in the What’s New section on the front page of the SEAL website.

New resource compendiums

With Going for Goals/Keep on Learning themes in mind, we’ve uploaded new films and lesson ideas to the SEAL website. Going up in age from early years to secondary....
At https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SnrHZ_uvtxk we have Sesame Street songs and film about not giving up – good for early years Going for Goals
At https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLCtZVzCT_9X55Nfj3jYEzr1deseyHRpfB is Class Dojo’s nice set of five films about Growth Mindset for primary pupils.
On this link is a fun song to learn as a class - ‘I have a go’ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6fq1jvIy2AE

Mindmap your goals primary and secondary lesson

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This is a primary or secondarylesson which encourages students to think about goals and create a mind-map of their goals in and outside of school. It was created by maz1- thank you!

Films for all ages - goal setting, growth mindset, resilience

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Going up in age from early years to secondary....

At https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SnrHZ_uvtxk we have Sesame Street songs and film about not giving up – good for early years Going for Goals

At https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLCtZVzCT_9X55Nfj3jYEzr1deseyHRpfB is Class Dojo’s nice set of five films about Growth Mindset for primary pupils.

On this link is a fun song to learn as a class - ‘I have a go’ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6fq1jvIy2AE

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