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02/07/20

Smartie Maths today in Year 6- this definitely went down a treat! 🔴🟣🔵🟢🟡🟠 https://t.co/Bv3HcAAQvf

02/07/20

Oxford B completing another 100 keepie uppies- Day 2. https://t.co/0CNfZsV8hN

01/07/20

Oxford group B have taken on the Macmillan challenge to complete 1000 keepie uppies. Today we have completed our first 100! https://t.co/HQqLd8jQ0V

26/06/20

Year 1 Carnival Day has started well with a wave of colour and excitement. https://t.co/jyRKm39aNc

25/06/20

A few more Year 5 freeze frames inspired by Charlotte’s Web. 🕷🕸🐷🐴🦆🐀 https://t.co/yELtMwIhNz

25/06/20

Year 5 produced some freeze frames from key parts of Charlotte’s Web. https://t.co/BxWwtIVA5H

25/06/20

Year 6 took English outside in the shade today. We have designed our very own swamp monsters inspired by fantastic beasts! 🧟‍♀️🧟‍♂️👹 https://t.co/4llavr1yvC

22/06/20

Unbe-leaf-able effort. https://t.co/7O79FOekZX

22/06/20

St Andrews Class took the learning outside to sketch leaves. https://t.co/VjZn6rCvYp

22/06/20

Year 5 have had a fantastic start today. They have enjoyed seeing each other and being back at school. We have been so proud of their efforts and determination to get back to their learning https://t.co/J6HP9qIUvf

16/06/20

Retweeted From SRA - English

Love these videos with grammar reminders https://t.co/DFajoI3OSd

15/06/20

Retweeted From Samuel Ryder Academy

Launching . Why not discuss “What is the greatest super power?” Be as creative as you can with your opinions. No need to comment. A weekly oracy challenge will happen every Tuesday https://t.co/ufPZaQver9

15/06/20

Today we took maths outside in Year 6, we have been looking at multiplication, factors and multiples! 📐📏🔢 https://t.co/8ejb83mGo6

15/06/20

Year 6 enjoying our class book ‘Clockwork’ in the sunshine ☀️ 📚📝 https://t.co/UO7YXGEIpC

12/06/20

More fun TTRS challenges coming soon!!! https://t.co/DQ34zbyRYK

12/06/20

Oxford B group https://t.co/NJjbDmdBAS

12/06/20

Some of Cambridge B group. https://t.co/fJLPIPPAps

12/06/20

Measuring the mean time using different methods of travelling! Well done. Some very creative ideas https://t.co/xB9ahnNcIV

10/06/20

PE lessons this week!! https://t.co/OEDlMjjvh0

10/06/20

Retweeted From SRA_Maths

Another challenge for My Money Week https://t.co/z2LtJgh3F2

10/06/20

Retweeted From SRA_Maths

A challenge for My Money Week https://t.co/A1XfU5K0kX

06/06/20

Hope the dinosaurs were ok after being covered in lava! https://t.co/gesLjyUDQL

06/06/20

What a great way of learning about the life cycle Jayden. Fantastic! https://t.co/Ftq7OwLMtj

06/06/20

Retweeted From SRA_Maths

Puzzle Of The Week https://t.co/fulcLNiq7f

05/06/20

Lots of fairy tale inspired learning in EYFS. Sammi played the flute as a princess, Alexander N invited us to the castle, Zachary dressed as a prince and Aurelia made a castle. https://t.co/Y27QJTxuLT

05/06/20

The key worker group worked extremely hard this week. Today we focused on our dreams not just for ourselves but for others. The children discussed how their dreams might help others and there were some truly wonderful ideas. We look forward to sharing some of these next week.

05/06/20

Life cycles of fish were the inspiration for origami fish in KS1 today. https://t.co/y4CFweypNE

05/06/20

Louie in Y2 made his own papier-mâché globe. Great to see the attention to detail. Well done! https://t.co/UImjbivQcs

05/06/20

Y1 read ‘Tiddler’ by Julia Donaldson. They created their own drawings of fish using the technique of wax resist. The children used wax crayons to draw their fish, then painted over them in watercolours. https://t.co/HFjlzfdJHz

05/06/20

This week, we welcomed back EYFS , Y1 and Y6 pupils and continued with our key worker group. Well done to all staff and children for their continued hard work to keep each other safe and adapt well to the changes that were in place. It was fantastic to see so many smiling faces.

02/06/20

Retweeted From Scholars' Education Trust

Welcome back to our Reception, Year 1 & Year 6 students at - we’ve missed you!

02/06/20

Definitely a poignant song and message! Thank you! https://t.co/SKg1bvPLOB

01/06/20

Part 8 of James and the Giant Peach. https://t.co/08WLPAJi95

31/05/20

Teamwork. Well done Miss Bacon https://t.co/okFtFaJgE5

31/05/20

Well done Miss Reed!! https://t.co/3gQayQeTBC

30/05/20

Part 7 of James and the Giant Peach https://t.co/o8ZposNCkw

29/05/20

Well done Team Davey. https://t.co/6uwHB3gxiY

29/05/20

Well done Mr Mead https://t.co/jQNc9Lo8E2

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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