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17/01/20

Green Class in action during their assembly. https://t.co/qwFyyto2Jk

17/01/20

We enjoyed an assembly from Green Class this morning. They shared examples of their new learning in different subjects and performed a lovely song about different languages. Thank you Green Class.

16/01/20

On Tuesday, the children were visited by Fr. Mark Slater from St. Luke’s Church. Alongside new learning, they discussed their POSITIVITY value and shared how they can encourage others in school and at home. The children enjoyed reflecting and sharing together. https://t.co/k5kizmfEGn

16/01/20

Year 5 are preparing for their performance at the ‘Young Voices’ by creating their banner. https://t.co/sbJ3EqgWve

16/01/20

Retweeted From SRA_Maths

Year 1 linked patterns and ordering from their maths learning into their English lesson today. ‘I used the instructions to make patterns’ ‘My first five cubes were green and then I had to count 5 blue, https://t.co/IhluidAnMC

16/01/20

Retweeted From SRA_Maths

Year 3 have been taking lots of different approaches to fraction learning. They used different resources to show independence. There were a lot of successes in the lesson. ‘Using the multilink helped me see the maths and I got it right!’ https://t.co/ZMyK8VSFJK

16/01/20

C’est bon pour la santé? Mlle Fixter discussed healthy eating options with with Durham Class today. The children were eager to share their vocabulary knowledge. Trés bien! https://t.co/Oi0U76hhmw

16/01/20

Booking now open for second round of trials for SRA Football Academy for post-16 students! Sign up now to secure your place! ⚽⚽⚽https://t.co/R4Sd6seLnK https://t.co/bhvtX29N9z

16/01/20

Great work Year One! https://t.co/3FTHIpYrwr

16/01/20

Retweeted From SRA_Maths

Year 6 have been working hard to solve reasoning puzzles and apply their known methods. https://t.co/1qvYTdRFQB

16/01/20

Retweeted From SRA_Maths

Lots of great reasoning happening in Year 4 today. The children have been applying their methods to reasoning questions. https://t.co/pO1V5mRP3x

15/01/20

Retweeted From Sir John Lawes

Vacancy: due to expansion within the faculty SJL are seeking a Teacher of RE to join their highly skilled teaching team https://t.co/ITgK9aeP2E . . https://t.co/mGo73fMdSu

15/01/20

Book now for this free workshop for parents offering lots of advice on how to keep your child safe online! https://t.co/lAgyopogYM

15/01/20

Looking for a new role for the new year? A fantastic new opportunity has opened up at SRA, please see our website for more details! https://t.co/meaUeAA5iP https://t.co/azI0352EHV

15/01/20

Now accepting second round applications for entry to SRA Football Academy in Sept 2020. Sign up here for a trial on 1st Feb - https://t.co/R4Sd6seLnK ⚽⚽⚽ https://t.co/XwgebZseft

09/01/20

Still time to apply for our Post 16 Rugby Academy! 🏉🏉🏉https://t.co/zT9JMhgjTq https://t.co/K4R73RzGyg

09/01/20

Looking for a new role for the new year? A fantastic opportunity has opened up at Samuel Ryder Academy for a Wraparound Care Manager, Term Time only. Please see the website for more details https://t.co/9WAeDOBMiS https://t.co/FkNkmWQGVY

08/01/20

Parents/Carers - have your children received new digital devices for Christmas ?Are you keen to ensure your children use technology safely in the digital world? Don't miss out on this fantastic free webinar! https://t.co/lAgyopogYM

20/12/19

Retweeted From Scholars' Education Trust

Wishing Scholars' Education Trust students, families and staff a very Merry Christmas . . https://t.co/QtMdXnfsxM

20/12/19

Retweeted From Scholars' Education Trust

Scholars end of term newsletter is out now with highlights from schools from across the Trust https://t.co/woCwfD9zV8 https://t.co/WQd9Ci3Saq

20/12/19

Retweeted From Sir John Lawes

Vacancy alert: an exciting opportunity has arisen for an Administration Assistant to support our school and staff team https://t.co/WlGK02UbQy . . . https://t.co/HfZJAh6ySu

20/12/19

Retweeted From SRARugbyAcademy

Well done to our U13&U15 girls this evening. Both rugby teams victorious against . Great to see so many girls playing the game

19/12/19

Year 2 have had some great questions for . Thank you for visiting us this morning to read “Atch...oops” to us. https://t.co/oZewLyfwLt

19/12/19

Our visit this morning by Nicky Gilbody was because a Year 1 child found a painted rock. Year 1 loved listening to ‘Atch.... oops’.#NickyGilbody. https://t.co/2vkWZSd5nL

19/12/19

EYFS were very excited about having Nicky Gilbody to visit this morning! She read her own book ‘Atch.....opps!’ https://t.co/egfeTustBY

18/12/19

Teachers! Looking ahead to the new year? Be sure to sign up for our free Apple workshop on the 8th Jan 2020! https://t.co/1JyRZsEbT4

18/12/19

Are you looking for a new opportunity for the new year? We have a great new role as Primary and Secondary teaching assistant! https://t.co/6QZXyDEjHB https://t.co/JQTfuDTmYx

18/12/19

As part of our continued expansion, we have an exciting opportunity for a Media Teacher! https://t.co/wQ4tRLwcyd https://t.co/FrbCJo16Pi

13/12/19

Only one week to go until we break up for Christmas....here is everything you need to know about the last day of term! 🎄🎄🎄 https://t.co/M6XWIrNIlw

13/12/19

We are now accepting donations for our Annual House Foodbank Drive! Please bring non-perishable foods to main reception or class/form teacher by Tuesday 17th December if you are able to help. More details on our website!https://t.co/EvjVzM2uAo 🥫🥫🥫🧃

13/12/19

Year 2 had an amazing Christingle this morning at St Luke’s Church. https://t.co/wdYKKb0bky

13/12/19

If you are looking for a quick and easy guide to Edulink, there is now one available on our school YouTube channel. Remember - Edulink enables parents to access all information about their child and school life in one place! https://t.co/UgPUBMLn83

12/12/19

Year 2 had a great time re-enacting ‘The Great Fire of London’ at St Albans Fire Station. Thank you to all those involved. #1666 https://t.co/O8YeQloga6

11/12/19

Our student Izzy is fundraising for her trip with school and Camps International to Ecuador where she will be replanting trees as part of a conservation effort and improving the environment by cleaning up the beaches https://t.co/mIB3Aoh7q0 https://t.co/zdDxhjaJSy

11/12/19

Remember - Sixth Form applications for 2020 are due in on the 19th December! https://t.co/6riBm6yswK

11/12/19

EYFS learning all about how to look after their teeth!🦷🦷 https://t.co/D1THYFnFqG

More Able Students

Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll

The Mad Hatter asks Alice:

Q: “Why is a raven like a writing desk?“

A: ??

More Able and Talented students at SRA:

  1. All students are entitled to be stretched and challenged.
  2. Effective more able and talented provision improves teaching and learning within the classroom.
  3. By planning for MAST and talented students and scaffolding learning for all, aspirations and standards are raised.
  4. The focus on stretch and challenge is a key driver for whole school improvement.  

At Samuel Ryder Academy we are committed to ensuring all students achieve more than they ever thought possible, both academically and in other areas of their lives. To help More Able Students (MASt) meet their potential, we recognise that they need tailored challenge in every lesson as well as other opportunities to highlight their ability.

The government measure the quality of schools in a number of ways, partly by identifying groups within the student body and charting how they are catered for. More Able Students are such a group; the provision for these students is a matter of equity.

We identify our More Able Students using scaled scores stemming from their CAT and KS2 SATs results. In addition, departments are able to identify students as being talented in their specific area based on the department specific definitions.

Our More Able Students’ procedure aims to encourage the following:

  • student independence and resilience
  • an environment which enables students to learn new things
  • differentiation and challenge in lessons
  • extra curricular opportunities
  • student participation in a variety of endeavours

We understand that students shine in various areas. In order to support and challenge MASt, we keep a register of their skills. Their grades from every subject are tracked 4 times annually to see if they are performing as they should, areas they excel in, and where they might need extra help. This can lead to discussions with the student, parents and interventions to help them get back on track. Every teacher has access to this register and it is supplemented by the Learning Portraits which all MASt are asked to complete. This enables teachers to find out what interests the students and how best they learn.

An exciting initiative that has been launched is the inaugural Masters Book. This has meant some selected students have been able to showcase great pieces of original work which exemplifies the wide range of interests out MASt have.

At the heart of delivering opportunities for growth to students is the teachers and the quality of teaching and learning. As previously stated, our aim is to ensure all learners reach and ideally surpass their targets to achieve beyond their expectations. Equity of opportunity means that MASt are challenged to a higher degree and this is especially true in their daily lessons. Teachers plan higher order thinking questions in their courses and these are differentiated to scaffold students’ learning. One of the Academy’s teaching and learning priorities this year is the idea of “flipped learning” whereby students prepare for units and lessons prior to classroom time, when they can then extend their understanding with their teacher and peers. This in turn creates a greater understanding of topics covered, deepens metacognition and increases independence.

As well as lessons there are ample enrichment opportunities for MASt, with a wide range of clubs and trips to cater for their needs. Different departments also run targeted MASt clubs or projects throughout the year. The curriculum is also supported with competitions, additional reading and a wealth of subject information on iTunes U.         

Parents and carers play an important role in unlocking the potential of More Able Students. Some ideas to help you help your child include:

  • Watching and discussing (eg BBC4) documentaries
  • Encouraging reading generally: novels, non-fiction books, newspapers and online articles
  • Listen to an interesting podcast series and then discuss it with them
  • Visit places of cultural importance
  • Discuss what they learnt at school and how they learnt it

How can MASt help themselves?

  • Talk to your teachers about units that are coming up and prepare for them
  • Enrol in MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses)
  • Read around your study areas using the reading lists provided
  • Set up a study group with your friends
  • Ask your teachers if you have any questions

As co-ordinator for more able students, I welcome any thoughts or suggestions for you have for the MASt program at Samuel Ryder Academy. (Or if you want to answer "Why is a raven like a writing desk?“) Please feel free to get in touch.

James Chatterley

j.chatterley@samuelryderacademy.co.uk

 

Links:

Hertfordshire Grid for Learning 

National Association for 'Gifted and Talented' Children - student definitions

National Society for 'Gifted and Talented' - identification signs

National Association of Able Children in Education

Recommended Support for Parents of 'Gifted and Talented' Children

MENSA, the High IQ Society 

MOOCs 

 

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