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Mental Health and Wellbeing and Growth Mindset

Growth Mindset by Elise Gravel

At Farnborough Road Infant School we support our whole school community; children, staff and parents in developing positive mental health and wellbeing. 


There are 5 steps we can all take to improve our mental wellbeing.

If you give them a try, you may feel happier, more positive and able to get the most from life.

  • Connect – connect with the people around you: your family, friends, colleagues and neighbours. Spend time developing these relationships. 
  • Be active – you don't have to go to the gym. Take a walk, go cycling or play a game of football. Find an activity that you enjoy and make it a part of your life. 
  • Keep learning – learning new skills can give you a sense of achievement and a new confidence. So why not sign up for that new course and start learning something new. 
  • Give to others – even the smallest act of kindness counts, whether it's a smile, a thank you or a kind word. Larger acts, such as volunteering at your local community, can improve your mental wellbeing and help you build new social networks too. 
  • Be mindful – be more aware of the present moment, including your thoughts and feelings, your body and the world around you. Some people call this awareness "mindfulness". It can positively change the way you feel about life and how you approach challenges.


Growth Mindset 

Developing the right mindset early on is crucial for a successful, happy life. When children learn that putting in effort, practice and using the right strategies can help them get better at things, they feel empowered, and try harder. When they know their brains are capable of growing, they are more confidentresilient, and are not afraid to fail

At Farnborough Road Infants we encourage our children to have a Growth Mindset by teaching the appropriate language to use when they are learning - e.g. practice, perseverance, resilience, don't give up and I can't do it YET! 

Good books to read :

For children : 

Barney Salzberg- The beautiful Oops 

JoAnn Deak- Your fantastic elastic brain 

Peter Reynolds -The dot 

Matthew Syed - You are Awesome 

Mark Pett - The Girl who never made mistakes 

Ester Pia Cordova -I can't do that YET! 

For Adults 

Matthew Syed - Bounce 

Matthew Syed - Black Box thinking 

Paul McGee - S.U.M.O 


Want to find out more : 

If you are interested in finding out more about Mental Health and Well-being, these are some really useful website for further information.

  • Young Minds     

  • Action for Happiness     

  • Boing Boing    

  • Place 2 Be      

  • Time to Change     

  • MindEd     

  • The Children's Society     

  •  Dr. Dweck’s research