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24/11/20

A huge well done to Toby on winning the Christmas card competition! What a beautiful design! ❄️🎄 https://t.co/7XpNpOs83q

20/11/20

Thank you for a fun festive activity. https://t.co/sMsah3LsxQ

20/11/20

The children have been so excited. Just in time to begin Christmas songs! https://t.co/3K37Ukjsoe

19/11/20

Year 5 have loved learning about angles this week and drawing on the tables was definitely a highlight! 🧮📏📐 https://t.co/dmvAFLJzfW

17/11/20

The children loved the pens down and let’s talk about our learning aspect. Such wonderful use of higher level vocabulary and children challenging each other. https://t.co/jTflpES9id

17/11/20

Oxford Class used a science lesson to develop their oracy. Having been provided with a set of equipment, they had to use their previous learning and discuss their findings, make predictions and verbalise their conclusions. https://t.co/FxPhkaAKxY

13/11/20

Calling all Primary Students 🗣🎅🏼🎄❄️☃️ (There is a box on top of the lost property boxes to submit your entry. Don’t forget to put your name and class on the back) https://t.co/n2uBKa3LFy

13/11/20

This afternoon Year 5 were applying their knowledge of area and perimeter to measure and calculate lots of things outside on the playground! 👏🏻🧮➕➖➗✖️ https://t.co/AxWXiGc5Tz

13/11/20

The Year 6 Spelling Bee participants were so successful we had to ask Mrs Mars to provide an even GREATER challenge! It eventually led to a draw! # https://t.co/iRrGXfdwej

13/11/20

Retweeted From Samuel Ryder Academy

It's 1666 today in Year 2 and we are really enjoying our Great Fire of London Workshop - just look at our fabulous costumes! A big thank you to Samuel Ryder PTA for funding today's activities. https://t.co/EQE5gsS8bG

12/11/20

A beautiful piece by Joshua https://t.co/XZpKxYl3wG

12/11/20

Take a look at a small selection of the finished blackout poetry from Year 6. https://t.co/UoY4CPLDyk

11/11/20

Year 5 &6 linked their learning with Remembrance Day today. Some fantastic blackout poetry and poppies made and worn in remembrance. https://t.co/jhDNnKixDz

10/11/20

KS2... let’s work together to rock out and see how many points we can get! Every day until Friday 7:30-19:30. https://t.co/ImQk9kVb3T

10/11/20

Calling all Year 5...the TTRS challenge is on! Andrew’s vs Imperial. Who will win the Year 5 TTRS 👑? 1 week to show what you have got. SRA_Maths https://t.co/tpCDcRyW9k

07/11/20

What a close battle and there was only 3 points in it...the winners of the Year 6 TTRS battle over half term were...CAMBRIDGE CLASS!!! Great job and well done to all of Year 6 for a great competition. https://t.co/4Hwy7TpXeo

06/11/20

Cambridge Class did their 5 minute fitness in French! 👊🏻👍🏻💪🏼 https://t.co/BIcdtPz2Mx

06/11/20

They were Nigeria, Mauritius, Ireland and USA!

06/11/20

Can you guess the countries that we are representing with our colourful outfits??? 🤔 https://t.co/1xsUeX8zzI

06/11/20

Year 2 Green Class enjoyed celebrating languages around the world. We have spoken other languages in the register and listened to a range of music. We also dressed up as countries. and enjoyed exploring the different flags and then designing their own flag https://t.co/HLGePD5g0L

06/11/20

Year 1 took inspiration in their art learning from Paul Klee. They were very proud to share their pieces https://t.co/tFHe2v8ZQq

06/11/20

Year 5 had a brilliant start to our Friday this week with a boules house competition! 🇫🇷🥎⚾️ https://t.co/NJrbtcuRuJ

04/11/20

Imperial also had a great start to the day with 5 a day in French, in celebration of MFL week 🇫🇷💃🏻 https://t.co/pHh5ZOzQ4R

04/11/20

St Andrews taking part in 5 a day in French this morning! 🇫🇷 https://t.co/ZCjaMTxJro

23/10/20

How fantastic! Some are on display on the art board for all to admire! https://t.co/TXzk1xTEFt

23/10/20

Retweeted From Samuel Ryder Academy

Thank you to our students, staff and families for working hard to create a safe and productive learning environment during our first half term back at school. We look forward to welcoming everyone back on Monday 2 November 2020. https://t.co/2nFLpNO0EB

23/10/20

A busy spooky week at Ace Club. The children have had lots of fun!  Have a great half term. https://t.co/Yx7E0VyqD9

23/10/20

What a brilliant afternoon we had in Imperial class this afternoon. We completed our ‘Egg Drop Challenge’ putting the design and creation of our egg structures to the test! 🤩🥚🍳 https://t.co/7otIRvt7BY

23/10/20

Year 1 have had a fantastic day- they have had a pyjama party and been making autumn wreaths 🍂🍁 https://t.co/Qpgjc4XItl

23/10/20

Taking in feedback and improving all the time. https://t.co/tgv7BF78RV

23/10/20

Year 6 took inspiration from Martin Luther King and created their own poems after listening to his ‘I Have Dream’. Miss Leat and Miss Bacon were blown away and inspired by the words and feelings shared. Have a listen to some of those we heard...

22/10/20

Retweeted From SRA PE dept

King of penalty shootout during Football club this morning! Well done Jack! https://t.co/Vt6YaE5IeQ

20/10/20

In Year 5 this morning we have been working on our inference skills, exploring who we think the shoes may belong to and why. A brilliant effort from all of the children. 👠🥿👢👞👟🥾 https://t.co/BQeyNGiwKm

16/10/20

The children are always eager for these every week! Some solve them before the staff!!! https://t.co/YL8L14HXuR

09/10/20

Year 3 are having a brilliant morning exploring shadows. It is definitely a perfect morning for it☀️👣 https://t.co/nwBasnFvBS

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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