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Carol Dweck - Growth Mindset TED talk

Added on by Chestnut.

Follow this link to Carol Dweck's talk on Growth Mindset, filmed in November 2014

Carol Dweck researches “growth mindset” — the idea that we can grow our brain's capacity to learn and to solve problems. In this talk, she describes two ways to think about a problem that’s slightly too hard for you to solve. Are you not smart enough to solve it … or have you just not solved it yet? A great introduction to this influential field.'

The above link will take you to an external site - TED a non-profit organisation, committed to 'Ideas Worth Sharing' in short-talk form

Whole School Home Learning - Christmas Castle Design

Added on by Silver Birch.

Continuing with our Castle theme at Neston, all children are invited to take part in this year’s Hunter French Design a Christmas Castle competition.  There will be a superb first prize for the winning Christmas Castle design and all runners up will receive a book token for Corsham Book Shop.

The winner and runners’ up designs (1 winner and 17 runners up) will be transferred onto top quality duratrans paper and will be displayed for a two week period in the Hunter French Estate Agents windows in Corsham over Christmas.  The special duratrans paper means that the children’s designs will be back-lit and will be visible night and day!

All designs need to:

-          Be on white A3 paper ONLY (please use the paper provided with paper copy of this letter)

-          Ideally have the child’s first name and age showing clearly on the front of the paper (this will be displayed)

-          Have the child’s full name and class on the back of the paper - so we know who to give the prizes to (this will not be displayed)

-          Use bright and bold colours in your designs – these will stand out and look better lit up

-          We are looking to see the children’s wonderful work – Hunter French do all the judging and they have specifically requested that parents stay hands-off on the final design!

All Christmas Castle designs need to be handed in by Thursday 5th December.  You can bring along your home learning to the Bacon and Book Swap on 5th December or put it in the box in the glazed link before that.

Good luck!

£600 of new books bought for the library

Added on by Silver Birch.

Thank you to everyone who bought a book at our recent Book Fair - I hope the children are all enjoying their books.  Please do encourage them to come and tell me about the books they are reading anytime in school - I could talk about books all day!

I had great pleasure yesterday ordering £500 worth of new books for the library yesterday and putting a further £100 worth of new books out on the shelves.  These books were all bought with the commission we earned on sales at the book fair.   We have purchased a range of books for the school across all age groups, reading abilities and interests.  Hopefully the books should be with us before Christmas and I will let you know when they arrive.  Very exciting...

Don't forget to put 5th December in your diaries for Bacon and Book Swap.  A letter with a reply slip will be coming your way nearer the time.

Happy Reading

Mrs Sheila Stansfield

Bacon and Book Swap - Thursday 5th December

Added on by Silver Birch.

After the phenomenal success of our Books and Bacon event last month we are already planning our next book-related breakfast.  On Thursday 5th December from 8am to 9am we will be hosting a Bacon and Book Swap.

Children are invited to bring along a grown-up and a book (or books) you have enjoyed but would like to swap for a different one.  Then you can enjoy browsing and reading whilst have a delicious bacon sandwich - once more cooked for by Mr Howe and the team!  (We will have more frying pans this time...)

Look out for more details coming soon.

Mrs Sheila Stansfield

TA & Library Co-ordinator