PSHE KS2: What is a good mistake?

Tom and Caitlin are two young students doing a science project at a space centre.

Tom starts off with a fixed mindset. He is wary of taking risks with his learning and fears the consequences of making mistakes.

Caitlin is the opposite.

She has a growth mindset and feels happy and confident when taking risks.

She wants to use trial and error to see what works. She understands the value of good mistakes!

Caitlin decides to take a risk with the science project.

She wants to see what happens, and knows that she can learn lots by trying things out - and not worrying about what might happen.

Tom finds this difficult.

He wants to do everything he can to avoid making any mistakes, even if it means missing out on opportunities and new learning.

Through the clip, we see Tom's mindset start to change.

He moves from a fixed mindset to a growth mindset. He starts to realise that mistakes can be good.

In fact, they can be great! And, you can learn lots by having a go, seeing what happens and viewing your mistakes in a positive light. By the end, Tom and Caitlin both have a growth mindset.

They are learning from their mistakes and having fun as they do.

They both appreciate the benefits of good mistakes.

This is from the series: Growth Mindset

Teacher Notes

This could be used as an introduction to growth mindsets and a fantastic tool for helping learners reflect on how they think about learning and their own potential to develop.

Curriculum Notes

This clip is suitable for teaching PSHE/Modern Studies at KS2 in England, Wales and Northern Ireland and 1st and 2nd Level in Scotland.

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