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06/12/19

More fun at RAF Hendon! https://t.co/gHqm1Ffank

06/12/19

Y10 enjoying the MBDA Reconnaissance Challenge at RAF Hendon! https://t.co/Rr3M3jCL73

06/12/19

Retweeted From SRA Art

Wow, well done to Joby (y7) for his superb oil pastel apple drawing this week. We are incredibly impressed with his colour blending, it looks good enough to eat! 🍎 https://t.co/Hplw2Jn5LY

04/12/19

As Christmas approaches, we are aware that some of our students may receive online devices so we would like to alert parents to a free BBC App, called ‘Own It’- designed to advise children when online. Please see https://t.co/HIBFwIHLtt https://t.co/b5XDhyDOPn

04/12/19

Time to get your aprons on!🧁🍰🎂 https://t.co/BY0b8Wk0fY

04/12/19

Is your New Year's resolution to find a new position? We have a fantastic part time role for a Wraparound Care Manager/Teaching Assistant! See website for more details....https://t.co/meaUeAA5iP https://t.co/8DiDj1l0sz

02/12/19

Retweeted From SAPSMA

Looking forward to our annual massed primary schools Carol Service tomorrow, and rehearsing the readers today :-)

02/12/19

Coming Up! Tues Y3/4 Service at Cathedral ⛪ Inclusion Coffee Morning☕ School Production Rehearsals🎭 Wed Spanish students arrive🇪🇸 Post 16 Open Morning Girls Rugby🏉 Fri Y10 RAF challenge, Hendon✈️ Sat School Fair🎄

02/12/19

Our latest news is out now! https://t.co/vxHI1X8cfh https://t.co/VffvkzAZdS

29/11/19

We are so grateful for the equipment we are able to purchase thanks to the PTA! In action - Microscopes! https://t.co/sCjjII4pLQ

29/11/19

Teachers! Don't forget to sign up to this fantastic course next week https://t.co/NHa9sZPFsl

29/11/19

We need your donations for the Christmas Fair!!!! Raffle Prizes, Sweets, Unwanted Gifts, Unused Toiletries, Costume jewellery, Accessories,Stationery, Books, CD's, Bric a Brac, Soft Toys! Our Donation Day is next Friday 6th December! Thank you! https://t.co/u3xTp5JqVx

27/11/19

Teachers! Don't forget to sign up to this fantastic course next week https://t.co/iLYGz3HEXk

27/11/19

Pantomime time in primary this morning. A big thank you to for this amazing treat 🎬🎭 https://t.co/H1BuYjmtxT

26/11/19

Booking is now open for trials for our Post 16 SRA Netball Academy, in association with Saracens Mavericks! https://t.co/tccZHgidAk

26/11/19

Make you don't miss out on this weekend's Rugby Trials for our Post 16 SRA Rugby Academy! https://t.co/HwEYn7di2R https://t.co/vMSSdcHffe

26/11/19

Retweeted From SRA Secondary

5 days to go! 5 Days to go! Make you sign up for this Saturday's football trials for the SRA Football Academy in association with Watford Community Sports and Education Trust! https://t.co/kUWGZPOXvf https://t.co/ffl2S9xnEu

25/11/19

We cannot wait for Wednesday morning in primary, a special pantomime treat provided by our amazing PTA! https://t.co/pfFHsqWNC4

21/11/19

St. Andrews class are showing some fantastic teamwork as they make parachutes for their air-resistance experiment. Later we will be using to measure the total acceleration. The lowest level wins! https://t.co/fsWE4bBElf

20/11/19

Looking at Post-16 opportunities? Don't miss our Post 16 Open Evening next week! https://t.co/yp20HydDGG

20/11/19

Counting down to the SRA Football Academy Trials on Saturday 30th November!! https://t.co/KB3IvXmghc

19/11/19

Retweeted From Hertfordshire RTC

Some great computational thinking in as they attempt to crack a German code. Super lesson from https://t.co/yOf0sDkiuj

19/11/19

Congratulations to the winners of the free netball trials with https://t.co/xGkEn0ZJji

18/11/19

This week! Tues-Production Rehearsals🎭, U14/U15 Rugby v Dame Alice Owens🏉 Weds-U15 v Fullerians, U12/13 v Dame Alice Owens🏉, Y12 Maths Challenge 🔢, Y10 Spanish Info eve🇪🇸 Thurs-World Skills Trip 🌍, Y12 Speak Your Mind,🎤 Friday 22nd -Y12/13 Biology Trip, Y7 Boys Festival

18/11/19

Our latest news is out now! See our latest news here! https://t.co/iaQKrpltdi https://t.co/eJkacoETf0

18/11/19

Not long to go - make sure you attend our Post 16 Information Evening on the 28th November to pre-register and sign up for trials on the 30th November here https://t.co/vjk0NdMgYD https://t.co/9HHYq2B6U0

18/11/19

Retweeted From Hamish Arnold

Monday Blues? Take a look at our Saving Time and Reducing Workload webinar this evening at 4:20 so that and I can help you beat them. It's free to join and all you need is a device with a web browser and speakers. Video cameras are optional. https://t.co/B8yxsId05Z

15/11/19

Year 2 had an amazing day on Wednesday, they learnt lots about ‘The Great Fire of London’. Thanks to SRA PTA for contributing to the cost of the day. https://t.co/t0MO750jMo

15/11/19

Mighty Netball visited our primary assembly this morning, thanks to Laura and Alice for telling us more about netball. https://t.co/wuofWG9mDQ

13/11/19

Retweeted From Hertfordshire RTC

Join us for our first webinar on Saving Time and Reducing Teacher Workload on Monday 18th November. Webinar goes live at 4:20 for a 4:30 start. To join follow the link: https://t.co/IfazfffWwE https://t.co/jvulY0iz0Z

13/11/19

We are delighted to announce the launch of the SRA Football Academy for Post-16 students, in conjunction with Watford Community Sports & Education Trust! ⚽⚽⚽ https://t.co/yCCDns7HXj

13/11/19

Teachers - don't miss this fantastic workshop 'Saving Time and Reducing Teacher Workload' on Monday 18th November! https://t.co/tvC2juQ6Om

11/11/19

Coming up this week! Scholastic Book Fair - all week 📚 6th Form Parents Eve - Tues, 4-7pm Y11 Geography Trip - 🗺️ Y2 - Fire of London Trip - 🚌 New Starters Music Concert - Weds 6-7pm 🎶 Y7-9 Futsal Tournament -Thurs ⚽ Y12 Geography Lecture - Thurs - 🎤 Y10 Art Trip Fri

11/11/19

We are really excited to announce the publication of our first iBook as an Apple Distinguished School, which has been released in over 50 countries! https://t.co/BSGA3YGpII

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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