The Cape Ability Approach
At Cape Ability we have a deep belief in growth mindset. This is the belief that you can ‘grow’ your intelligence in any subject or skill. You can achieve anything with the right conditions for learning! Teaching capabilities such as focus, resilience, determination and courage at school, and at home can transform a child from disengaged and frustrated, to excited and eager to learn.
Each story shows the character developing one of these capabilities. These stories give teachers and parents a ‘vehicle’ to communicate these attitudes to children in a fun, engaging way.
Within each story, children learn what each capability entails and the key skills needed to enhance it. Learn more about each capability below or read this article to find our more about growth mindset.
The ability to focus is a vital learning skill. By figuring out how to manage distractions around them, they develop the ability to give full focus to whatever they are learning. Also, by learning to self-regulate, they are becoming independent learners.
Children’s motivation to learn is often linked to their self-belief. When they understand that not getting something immediately is just part of the process of learning, they can enjoy it and participate with enthusiasm.
Fostering an inquisitive nature in children is essential. When a child is asking questions and seeking answers, they are personally involved in what they learn. It is a great gift to let children figure things out for themselves.
We want children to able to recognise their new achievements but also to strive to improve their learning. Children receive feedback from adults to help them develop. The reflective learner will act on this advice and keep improving, eventually being able to identify for themselves what their next steps are.
This is children’s ability to cope with setbacks and keep trying with a positive outlook, even when things seem hard. It is the ability to ‘bounce back,’ if something goes wrong and think of different strategies – showing true grit!
Learning as a group and from others strengthens the learning of the individual. Life is a team sport and teaching children how to co-operate helps them work with others. They can see things from another point of view and accept others’ ideas.
The ability to try something even though you may fail, requires bravery. This skill enables children to risk putting forward their thoughts and ideas knowing they may be wrong. Cape Ability sees willingness to make mistakes as a key part of independent learning
Creativity is not just about art, it is the also the ability to figure out solutions to problems. In this ever changing world, Cape Ability encourages children to be imaginative and original in their ideas being able to adapt to new situations and bring their individual flair.