Rookie Rockstars – FAQs & Feedback


FAQs re Rookie Rockstars coming to Pencaitland.


The audience would have to be competing with the kids for who enjoyed the Rookie Rockstars’ gig tonight. Well done to Glynn who hosted and compèred the show, to the unexpected stars on the night and the supeROCKstars on stage.

Loads of fun for all and great work from all last week too.

What is Risk Benefit

Risk Benefit Approach. 


For a long time organisations and institutions have been working on a Risk Adverse basis, but this has a serious impact for childhood, learning and developing. It is now recognised that children must be exposed to risk in a way which enables natural problem solving, developing awareness and abilities to keep themselves safe but also to be adventurous and willing to try new experiences. We now use Risk Benefit where potential benefits and harm are weighed up to consider a more effective and appropriate approach towards experiences – both common and unusual.

Growth Mindset Parent and Carer Workshop


Martha Gordon, Educational Psychologist treated parents and carers to an interesting and enjoyable powerpoint presentation on 5th Dec, to help give a greater understanding of the Growth Mindset theme for PPS this year.

Everyone enjoyed it, but many couldn’t attend on the evening, so for all of us – a reminder or an insight into the information shared. Many thanks to Ms Wilson for organising the evening and to Martha for sharing this.

Growth Mindset PPS Information Powerpoint

5 Surprising Ways to Encourage Your Kid & No Such Thing as Failure.

There’s No Such Thing As Failure.

Have you heard that?….Or another, There’s No Failure, Only Feedback. Both are saying the same thing. Situations / outcomes may not work out exactly the way you thought it would / hoped it might, but each time we fail to achieve what we set out to do at that time, we actually have useful information and experience which we can use to persevere with, creating positive steps to change something and improve our efforts.

Learning to trust ourselves to cope with both failure and success – and continue to grow, develop and shape is very important for all of us, as we develop independent and interdependent skills.

RIE stands for Resources for Infant Educarers. (All parents fall into the Educarers group). The concept of Magda Gerber, a much respected expert in child care and the belief that the child is born primed to evolve therefore parents and others need to facilitate it rather than lead it.

Janet Lansbury is probably one of the most well-known supporters and advocates of RIE today, following her earlier fame as an actress. The principals of RIE parent style can be echoed throughout childhood and into adolescence, by parents, carers, schools staff and more. The work of Magda Gerber links directly to Growth Mindset, resourcefulness, self efficacy and resilience as can be seen from this post; 5 Surprising Ways to Encourage Your Kids

What’s the big deal about emotions?

Developing Self Regulation, Empathy and Confidence in self.

The more children interact, the more they need to be understood and, naturally, the more they need to understand others. That means, bit by bit, getting really good at learning about people who you don’t know so well, and often, who are not yet experts at expressing themselves. Babies start reading body language and facial expressions, as well as tone from an incredibly young age, recognising their mother’s face from birth to some expressions within the first few days. Babies are born primed for Connection and so this is vital for well-being, development, growth – and initially, for survival.

So what’s next? Learning to identify, name, and productively use your emotion in a way which is beneficial takes years (to maturity), so the early start children have is very important. Being responsive and loving (giving security, warm and positively attached care) means giving emotion and receiving the child’s. Emotional Intelligence is now recognised as being as important in Learning, and more important in the combination of Health and Learning.

babies connected babyBabies arrive already connected to other people.

They arrive in the world as persons, already interested in other people’s facial expressions, rhythms and movements. They are able to communicate.

They have brains that automatically read meaning in the actions of other people.

Babies arrive already connected to other people. They arrive in the world as persons, already interested in other people’s facial expressions, rhythms and movements. They are able to communicate.

They have brains that automatically read meaning in the actions of other people. These are some of the insights that we are gaining from sciences like developmental psychology and neuroscience.

We are learning that babies are born as engaged, relational beings.

They don’t develop social skills later on, such as when they begin to talk or become preschoolers. Their social skills are present from birth.

The way that those skills develop will depend on how other people engage with them, and those experiences will shape the neural pathways in their brain.

This is not the vision that we have always held of babies. It wasn’t very long ago that science thought babies’ mental and emotional worlds were a bit of a blur or that babies were rather socially isolated and inward-focused.

The Good, The Bad and The Ugly.

Catch Our Children Before They Fall. Have a look to understand more what happens to a child when we break connection.

Helping to Nurture Emotional Intelligence in our Children.

We can do a lot, and sometimes it starts with what we do ourselves, but teaching empathy and how to manage our own emotions starts with it being modelled by the adults. Nature’s way. We were all born to be interdependent, not fully independent and only fully dependent when we are newborns / infants.

Continue reading “What’s the big deal about emotions?”

Attachment Led Practice

Attachment Led Practice is widely understood to be a child-centred and relationship based approach to helping children to thrive, in school and in life. It is embedded into best practice and embedded into Early Years professionals training. The Scot Gov information is here. Early Years documents also include

buildingtheambition260_tcm4-850492Building The Ambition, to shape practice, evaluation and staff in developing key strategies to support the education and well-being of young children.

Recently parents have asked for a whole staff training in Attachment Led Practice to be considered, as very beneficial universally for whole school.

Curriculum for Excellence

Curriculum for Excellence Words Heart

The curriculum in Scotland is taught through the Curriculum for Excellence. Information regarding this can be found through this link. Curriculum for Excellence

There are four key capacities:

Successful Learners • Confident Individuals • Responsible Citizens • Effective Contributors

Within these capacities (reflecting experiences and outcomes) fit eight outcome areas:

Health and Wellbeing • Languages • Mathematics • Science • Social Studies • Expressive Arts • Technologies • Religious and Moral Education

Quote: Men [and presumably women!] are relatively predictable, limited and uncreative. It is the business of education to make us freer and more creative. (Stenhouse, 1975, p. 82)

[This is an educational goal which seems appropriate for CfE – with engagement of teachers and pupils at it’s heart. It is noted, however, that early progress of the acclaimed Curriculum for Excellence has become somewhat bogged down with paperwork, assessment and its ilk, leaving parents / carers and teachers wondering what has happened and how to set CfE back on course to reach its optimum capability as a very significant Educational Reform].

Documents, such as Building the Curriculum 2 support the vision and development of CfE. This one specifically centres on pre-school, the Early Years of Primary and Special Schools.


For more info, see post on the National Framework for Improvement.


Growth Mindset. (Health and Well-being).

With Growth Mindset being a key issue for PPS, particularly looking at Resilience and better life skills to help both in and out of school… are some more resources. Big Deal Little Deal has already been shared after being introduced in school…have a look and see the little video and post explaining it for the kids and ourselves.




Growth Mindset pocket book for Staff and others. (This can also be purchased from Amazon if you fancy using it more yourself as some parents are now doing).


And another wonderful video which explains a lot of Growth Mindset, ‘in action’.