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18/09/20

Year 6 Film Club began today and linked to our WW2 topic and English learning, we have been watching Carrie’s War based on the book by Nina Bawden https://t.co/N2RJidLXte

16/09/20

Retweeted From Samuel Ryder Academy

We are thrilled to announce that our Headteacher, Matt Gauthier has been announced as a Silver Winner in this year’s Pearson National Teaching Awards for Headteacher of the Year in a Secondary School award category. https://t.co/cpiLy9yajS

16/09/20

Fantastic news. Congratulations Mr Gauthier! https://t.co/S3VOK5zD5E

16/09/20

Retweeted From Herts Advertiser

St Albans headteacher wins national award https://t.co/AAXociWvDt

14/09/20

Year 5 enjoying our class text outside today. ‘Who Let The Gods Out’ is a definite hit! ☄️🌟💫💥📚 https://t.co/dCeLJ8OHJe

11/09/20

What a way to end the week! The children (and staff) thoroughly enjoyed celebrating Roald Dahl Day. What a fantastic end to our full first week back. Thanks to Miss Leat for organising and to parents and carers for the wonderfully inventive costumes.

11/09/20

Smiles all round in Cambridge Class. https://t.co/p8sgKbF4wj

11/09/20

We wonder if this Wonka Bar has the GOLDEN TICKET?? https://t.co/sFf2ov5NYI

11/09/20

This afternoon Year 5 made their very own lava lamps inspired by ‘George’s Marvellous Medicine’! It was thoroughly enjoyed by everyone🤩 🧪💊🌋#RoaldDahlDay https://t.co/RN61rUFDBU

11/09/20

Year 5 having been creating their very own marvellous medicine 🧪🧫 https://t.co/DLOWp0GoJd

11/09/20

Has anyone seen Mrs Schenk and Miss Harper? All we can find are these two! https://t.co/jzxOJ7JZW6

11/09/20

Roald Dahl Day across Primary today. Some amazing outfits sharing well known characters from our favourite stories. The children have been so enthusiastic to share their learning. https://t.co/yq2ILWFIvE

11/09/20

Retweeted From Narelle Elliott

Roald Dahl day at today and absolutely loving the teacher effort, amazing!! https://t.co/ToWvJ4jKnc

02/09/20

It was wonderful to welcome back the primary children today. The children were fantastic and got back into their routine and learning really quickly. So many smiling faces. Well done to everyone for such a great start!

17/07/20

Yummy!! 🍭🍬 https://t.co/qziWetiHkx

17/07/20

Candy floss was a huge hit! Thank you to the PTA for the machine and also the sweets! 🍬🍭#schoolsoutforsummer https://t.co/0JJsM0yqOV

16/07/20

Year 6 had a fantastic afternoon making their very own ice cream in a bag! The toppings were a huge hit! 🍨🍬👩‍🍳👨‍🍳 https://t.co/jnZ4FIOaPM

16/07/20

Everyone had a great time! https://t.co/AY4lCQysRE

16/07/20

Year 5 and 6 socially distanced sports day!! It has been a great success! 🎾🏅🎽🏃‍♀️🏃 A big thank you to Mr Mead and Mr Walker! https://t.co/U4ipyYVeHU

16/07/20

Thank you to for their much appreciated donation of ice lollies yesterday. https://t.co/0O2VPNI787

15/07/20

Can you recognise any of the primary team? https://t.co/kWIlrsFz7N

10/07/20

We were a few days behind, so today we did 300 kick ups. Day 6, 7 & 8! ⚽️ https://t.co/Wn0D783Z4M

10/07/20

Well done to the amazing Summer for her brilliant 500 words on Black Lives Matter. She is through the first round! 🤩📚📝 https://t.co/KceZfApvku

07/07/20

Retweeted From Macmillan Cancer Support

Thank you so much to everyone at SRA Primary for taking on the Kick Up Challenge to support Macmillan, it is amazing to see so many pupils involved, such superstars! Best wishes- Sarah💚

07/07/20

Day 4 & 5 - so 200 keepie uppies today! ⚽️ https://t.co/ynew3d1Srp

05/07/20

Retweeted From SRA Art

A beautiful entry for this week’s from one of our very talented Primary TA’s, Jenna Harper! Jenna has painted a vase of artichokes for the ‘still life’ theme and we think they are truly stunning indeed! Wow! https://t.co/vq5OuoelZn

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

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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