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26/03/21

The final Primary puzzle of the Week is here. What combinations can you find? https://t.co/MW9JJxbTek

25/03/21

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Samuel Ryder Academy is looking to appoint a Teaching Assistant to support both the primary and secondary phase of the school. For more information and to apply, please visit https://t.co/mkQIdcnULv https://t.co/DniFDuw65m

24/03/21

Year 6 have had a great few days putting all their planning and designing into action as they created their earthquake resistant structures. Thank you to Mr Roe and his team for supporting with providing resources. https://t.co/1y2mWa4qP3

20/03/21

The results for the 2nd primary puzzle of the week this week: 1st Place: Cambridge – 5 Dojos each 2nd Place: Imperial – 3 Dojos each 3rd Place: York Class – 1 Dojo each Can anyone at home solve it? https://t.co/eMiWkmXjI7

19/03/21

Year 4 have been looking at the water cycle as part of their ‘Mountains, Rivers and Coasts’ topic. They have created a brilliant 3D DT project to explain the process. 💧🌊🗻 https://t.co/lUCKI4dJJI

19/03/21

A brilliant end to science week in Year 5- The Dunkin’ Biscuit Investigation! 🍪 https://t.co/nxFyE3HJR5

15/03/21

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Does it float? Does it snap? As part of Science Week, Year 2 students are using their investigative skills to identify different types of plastic. https://t.co/tvEG3T4tR0

12/03/21

Fantastic maths on display in Year 2 today. The children enjoyed challenging themselves and also explaining their methods. https://t.co/l3QMTdxLJH

12/03/21

The children have loved the new circuits and are definitely making the most of them at every opportunity. https://t.co/ceoIW6ID95

12/03/21

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Can you tell how much we love our fabulous new primary playground markings? Thank you to the wonderful Samuel Ryder PTA for funding this - what a fabulous welcome back! https://t.co/JfskwO6dlD

10/03/21

It was ‘Smarties Maths’ with Miss Shirazi for the second Year 6 group yesterday. They were all smiles and enjoyed this ‘sweet’ lesson which applied their number, proportion, fraction, ratio and probability learning. https://t.co/kMMpIhddGS

10/03/21

Year 6 made the most of the sunshine and took their learning outside. Using the skills they had been learning in home live sessions. They designed their own investigations and from these calculated different averages producing graphs to show their data. https://t.co/XH0G0rv7AW

08/03/21

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REMINDER. Our Primary School Virtual Parents' Evenings will be held on Tuesday 9th and Thursday 11th this week from 4pm. Please ensure you have read the guidance sent via Edulink on how to access the video system. https://t.co/vyQ46j6QdJ

08/03/21

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Samuel Ryder Academy is looking to appoint a Learning Support Officer for Key Stage 1. Working with the Head of Inclusion, you will be a practitioner with high expectations of pupil achievement and progress. ➡️ For more information, please visit https://t.co/YnmqoRxHJU https://t.co/OV9QQEjkqF

08/03/21

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It's great to have our whole school community back together! https://t.co/DD51wDS6cd

05/03/21

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Jayden. H yr3 Bath class decided his book recommendation was the cracker by Olaf Falafel who he loved meeting at school when he came to visit https://t.co/ozXJ33rRLI

04/03/21

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Our first review is in! 📕Thanks Benji L in Year 3 sharing your review of 's https://t.co/RKCaXk25q1

04/03/21

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For Annabel T in Year 1 has shared her love of the the Oi books. Annabel has combined these books with her recent learning of rhyming. She looked through her and her sisters teddies to link them with the books. Well done Annabel! https://t.co/fd2eOjkeFl

04/03/21

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Thank you Jasmine W in Year 3 for sharing this version of Alice in Wonderland for . It's fantastic that you thought about the adjectives in this story. We think sticky icing sounds great too! 🐇🎩🚪 https://t.co/KyGUPfFPCL

04/03/21

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For Andreis DP Year 1 looks fabulous dressed up and would like to share his favourite book 'The Cave' by Rob Hodgson with the SRA community. Thanks Andreis, we can't wait to hear all about this story when we return to school.🐛 https://t.co/GxFVgM2099

04/03/21

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Addison (Year 3) and Cora (Reception) have taken flight to show us their fantastic window display of Zog and the Flying Doctors! 🐉 This looks great fun! https://t.co/orsEkGG6Fe

04/03/21

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Benji I in Year 2 has shared his amazing collection of Dog Man books by with us for . Thanks for the top tips with the flip-o-rama pictures, Benji, we'll be very careful with those pages! https://t.co/aNQ4qhsBpf

04/03/21

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Please be aware that we have a scheduled INSET DAY tomorrow Friday 5th of March and the school will be closed to students with no remote learning taking place https://t.co/aZsKcOGAjT

04/03/21

Great job Seb! May the ‘reading’ force be with you! https://t.co/AcLg0XP519

04/03/21

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Our window displays look amazing! Let's start with this spectacular display from Daniel R in Reception of his favourite book 'The Boy Who Grew Dragons' by https://t.co/nf6gb1mmrB

04/03/21

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Some more beautiful window displays from our students Alara Year 2, Jasmine W Year 3 and Sophie E Year 1. Thank you for sharing your favourite books with the SRA community! https://t.co/rgB6dDiszz

04/03/21

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sees Alice from Wonderland come to our home 📚📚📚 https://t.co/BFApH4XUgr

04/03/21

Sounds a fantastic activity for everyone involved! https://t.co/8Cs8aoOCUz

04/03/21

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Thank you Lily L in Reception for this lovely review. What a fun book to share! 🐟 https://t.co/CaTdHODOdy

26/02/21

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We had some great maths on display to solve this one! the solution for the primary puzzle is... https://t.co/c61elIqvKh

26/02/21

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Here is the solution to this week’s puzzle. A big thank you to Sumayyah Nasar from Y12 for setting this for us! https://t.co/SXlZEPqQG7

26/02/21

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Can our primary mathematicians solve the Primary Puzzle of the Week? We would love to see your working out! . Tweet your answers to https://t.co/zg5rPayDKq

26/02/21

Retweeted From Samuel Ryder Academy

Good morning Samuel Ryder Community. Please see our Maths Puzzle of the Week and Maths Puzzle of the Week. We look forward to seeing your answers (don't forget to show how you worked it out!) Tweet your answers to https://t.co/4e887sAyS0

25/02/21

We want to share this amazing piece of art work completed by Leyla in Year 5. we are sure you would love to see this! 👩‍🎨🎨 https://t.co/51AKVHlCV1

25/02/21

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A dance challenge set by Mrs Battersby this week- Can you name the different dance styles and famous dance films? Tweet us your answers‼️ https://t.co/GeYnSNYa3A

24/02/21

Year 1 children enjoyed acting out ‘The 3 Billy Goats Gruff’. They read the story, made their own masks and then performed the story. https://t.co/d3qKcDYfBX

20/02/21

This looks like great fun! What an amazing structure you have made 🤩 https://t.co/TpJix0rA8O

13/02/21

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We are so proud of how the Samuel Ryder community has pulled together to make the start of this year a positive one despite the challenges we have faced together. Have a safe and restful half term break. https://t.co/vJ7kLNj56E

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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