This is a story about grit – and why it might just be the key to your success as a pupil at Cliff Lane Primary School!

Grit is the combination of persistence and resilience.  Big words??

Persistence means you keep going even when the going gets tough.  You also stay focused on the task without getting distracted.

Resilience means toughness, when you get knocked down; you bounce back up and try again.

When you have both of these qualities, we call that GRIT!

Once you have grit, you can learn anything.

Watch the video to learn more about grit.

We have been learning about grit in assembly a lot! All of the children have been working hard to show grit in their lessons and daily life at school.

To better understand about the qualities of persistence and resilience, we have been learning about the brain in our Monday assemblies.

Below, you will find a summary of what we have learnt.  Please feel free to go through these with your child at home.




  • Our brains basic building blocks are known as neurons.
  • We have trillions of neural connections in our brain.
  • Information is passed along these road like structures through a series of chemical and electrical impulses.

Watch the video about how the brain works.




  • Primitive Region of the brain – This area controls our breathing, heart rate and balance.  It also controls our instincts that keep us safe from danger.
  • Feeling Region of the brain –  This area controls our emotions like; fear, anger and joy.This is activated when our primitive part detects a threat and triggers our fight, flight or freeze response.
  • Thinking Region of the brain – This is the largest and most highly developed part of our brain.  It stores our memories, allows us to plan and find solutions to problems.  This part of the brain can take control of decision making and emotion.

Watch the video about the regions of the brain




  • Our brain is wired to look for threats or rewards.
  • If one is detected the feeling region releases chemicals into the body.
  • Emotions are the effect of these chemicals travelling through the body!
  • When we feel an emotion, the feeling region of the brain kicks in before the thinking region.  Sometimes our emotions hijack our brain.  Our job is to take control of our brain and achieve our goals!

Watch the video about emotions and the brain





  • Learning something new causes the brain to grow more connections among the neurons.
  • With more connections, the neurons can send and receive more messages.
  • These connections help to stretch a part of your brain and make it more elastic so that it can hold more information and ideas.

Watch the video on neuroplasticity