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20/01/21

We would love to see any homemade potions from our Year 1 children who are learning at home. We used some glitter, oil, water and food colouring. Have you got anymore creative ideas? https://t.co/7dGy0koL2E

20/01/21

Year 1 had fun today designing and making potions. We had a lot of fun and loved watching. The water change colour!! https://t.co/DxG6eKfqAC

18/01/21

In PSHE this week Year 5 have been looking at emergency first aid and discussing what we would do if we were faced with a range of scenarios. Here are a few pictures of those at school and those home-learning practicing the recovery position 👏🏻🩹🩺 https://t.co/A22OGCPnhV

18/01/21

Retweeted From SRA PE dept

This weeks challenge is the Sally up press up challenge. Please use the link below for guidance. How long can you last for? Tweet us your times! https://t.co/4GuHgUV4GW

17/01/21

Retweeted From SRA - English

Local libraries are offering free books to collect . Select children's books and then in the comments fill in the reading level of your child. This is a free service and you can have up to 6 books at a time - you need to be registered. Happy Reading! https://t.co/OlWW5GMhCk

16/01/21

Well done everyone! Looking forward to another great week for both those working remotely and those in school. You have definitely made us smile with all your wonderful learning! Keep it up! https://t.co/rnJkUOMcsB

16/01/21

Retweeted From SRA Art

NEW SRA ART BLOCK - Three large, beautifully light art studios, kiln room, art office, a perfect space for our students... https://t.co/OvH07O26cV

15/01/21

To finish off week 2, we would like to celebrate this lovely gesture by Rory in Year 5. He has created this beautiful cake and donated it to a local hospital to show his thanks to the NHS staff working tirelessly at this time. 🍰🧁🌈#NHSheroes https://t.co/7u7ydygtAF

15/01/21

Retweeted From SRA_Maths

Great puzzling 😀 https://t.co/zCdzc9y4jq

15/01/21

Retweeted From SRA_Maths

Well done Year 4 😀 https://t.co/GVv96J8f6e

15/01/21

Retweeted From Samuel Ryder Academy

Our latest whole school newsletter is out now https://t.co/JNbDMEWFCY https://t.co/6x3EbS7jxz

15/01/21

Retweeted From SRA_Maths

Some great methods on display from Year 4! https://t.co/PwDEPhsM4L

15/01/21

Lots of mathematical thinking today! We are really enjoying this one! Lots of discussion on remote learning sessions and in school.

15/01/21

Retweeted From Hayley Crockford

Hannah Crockford’s (Year 5) answer is 5 https://t.co/PShspCQuAX

15/01/21

Retweeted From SRA_Maths

Puzzle Of The Week for students, staff and families. This week’s puzzle was contributed by Kai in Year 12. We look forward to seeing your solutions any time today - tweet us a photo of how you solved it. Happy puzzling! https://t.co/isvLWFJqLK

14/01/21

Not long to go. All to play for in the Year 4 vs Year 5 battle! https://t.co/OiPxqKyCgO

14/01/21

What a great resource. Thank you Mrs Battersby! https://t.co/Bg5enFX1Ml

14/01/21

Retweeted From SRA_Maths

Puzzle of the Week returns to twitter on Fridays. We are looking for great explanations of your solution, not speed of response. Dojos/Reward points for the best ones Easy way to show your maths working: write on paper, take a photo, attach to tweet.

14/01/21

Welcome to Diagon Alley! Here is a selection of our learning from our remote learners and those in the key worker group. https://t.co/pQiuSv6AeC

13/01/21

Fantastic Eden! https://t.co/VrLzNywnju

13/01/21

Year 4 have been investigating rivers. The children have independently selected a river to share their learning on. Take a look... https://t.co/izrTmzsoPH

13/01/21

Look out for our Diagon Alley inspired artwork from our English Lessons today. We are taking our time but can’t wait to share them... https://t.co/oskd8KCI9e

12/01/21

Retweeted From SRA PE dept

Great work Adem and the fastest time for primary so far! https://t.co/aPdb2cEoa9

11/01/21

Year 5 have been busy writing their own newspaper reports! Check out some of the final pieces below! 📝📰 https://t.co/MYz0Db9Fcd

11/01/21

Retweeted From SRA PE dept

This weeks challenge: How quickly can you complete 100 chest to floor burpees? Miss Neville managed 11 minutes 35 seconds. Can you beat her?! https://t.co/JvoNfEbhg4

10/01/21

Thank you for your kind words. A great team effort from staff, children and parents and carers. We can do this! https://t.co/MFFZt4FBhK

10/01/21

Great strategy shown and thrilled you are still challenging yourself at home. You have each been given 5 dojo’s! Well done! https://t.co/4jaXSHkFAn

10/01/21

Fantastic teamwork and your smiles and enthusiasm can be seen clearly. Great effort!!! https://t.co/OJdBUhDvGv

10/01/21

Retweeted From BBC Education

Lockdown Learning: BBC puts school materials on TV, iPlayer and online https://t.co/uYQYYzGbO0

10/01/21

This resource is used in school for our children to support reading and raise awareness of current events in child -friendly language. A wonderful resource to share. Thank you! https://t.co/VM5hLMTsPh

10/01/21

Fantastic job Bryn!! What a great effort! https://t.co/OW9c3SE9ng

10/01/21

Great effort. Very proud of your efforts and great to see the smiles! https://t.co/UnnG9anouy

10/01/21

We look forward to sharing the wonderful learning taking place across all of primary both in school and remotely this week. Look out for the updates...

10/01/21

After the live lesson with Miss Bacon on Friday, there have been some wonderful pieces of geography learning uploaded by Year 6. Here are just a few to share with you https://t.co/xgvqLZ7sTv

09/01/21

Take a look at the challenge from . https://t.co/yPSbb5bR2X

08/01/21

We would like to say a huge well done to all of the primary students who have engaged with learning this week- both with remote learning and in school. We are so proud of you all. We look forward to doing it all again next week! 👍🏻📚📝✏️🖊

08/01/21

Retweeted From SRA_Maths

Puzzle Of The Week Contributed by Nasir in Year 13 We hope you enjoy discussing this puzzle with your family or bubble, and we look forward to seeing your tweets with your solutions any time today - photos of how you worked it out would be extra lovely https://t.co/ob7kU3vEFF

07/01/21

Retweeted From Samuel Ryder Academy

Samuel Ryder community, keep up the good work! You are registering, participating and learning and we couldn't be more proud. It's great to see all your positivity during our new phase of remote learning. We can do this! https://t.co/DU342HytJx

07/01/21

Retweeted From Samuel Ryder Academy

Students, we will continue to support you and make sure you have everything you need to achieve your next steps. If you have any difficulties accessing the remote learning software, please get in touch. Contact details are on our remote learning page https://t.co/jZ1rTahDt9 https://t.co/MT1NMVK8jQ

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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