02380 227692

info@beechwoodjuniorschool.co.uk

Juniper Road,

SO18 4EG

08:00 - 16:30

Monday to Friday

Your Child at Home

Parental Help

The most important things that you can do to help your child at school is to show an interest in their work, listen to and talk to your child about their school day, support them to complete their homework on time and, very importantly, listen to them read as often as you can.  Not every child feels comfortable about sharing their worries with their teachers, so please get in touch with us straight away if your child is expressing anxiety or if you have any concerns or questions about their school work or about their wellbeing at school.  All of the teacher’s email addresses are on the school website on the staff section.

We also love to see parents coming into school – this can really help motivate children to learn.  Many times during the year, parents will be invited into school to attend special events and performances held to showcase children’s learning, or to attend sports days, fair’s and other special events.

If you would like to be even more involved and help out in school on a regular basis, we are always looking out for parents to come into school and listen to a child read. Please contact Mrs Gardner on jillgardner@beechwoodjuniorschool.co.uk if you are interested in joining our parent reader team.

Growth Mindset

At Beechwood, we place a huge importance on teaching the children how to have a Growth Mindset. It is central to everything we do. It is clear, from many years of research, that having a Growth Mindset is one of the most important factors in being successful and happy both in education and in life in general. We teach children that success comes as a result of hard work, and the harder they work at something the better they will get. We teach them that it is good to take risks and make mistakes, as this is how we learn. We banish the phrase “I can’t do it” and replace it with “I can’t do it YET”.

Parents can help to foster a growth mindset by praising their child for the amount of effort and hard work they have put into a task rather than simply praising the end result. It is important to think about how your child is making progress compared to what they could do before rather than by comparing them to other children. Modelling a Growth Mindset at home can also be really helpful. Tell your child about times when you have found things hard and had to really struggle to succeed. Musicians are not people who were born musical, they are people who have put in thousands of hours of practice. The same can be said for high-level athletes.

Encouraging a Growth Mindset in your child costs nothing, but is probably the best gift you can give them.