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19/07/19

Our latest newsletter is out now! Have a great summer everyone! https://t.co/tgl9NxOyPr https://t.co/Xs24RiTwYr

17/07/19

Cycling Proficiency for our Year 6 students this week! 🚴🚴🚴 https://t.co/tZ9USxZ3Ga

17/07/19

Get ready for lots of Music in the Autumn Term! We have a packed extra-curricular Music timetable for you all!!🎼🥁🎷🎺🎸🎻 https://t.co/1DBSJghOSD

17/07/19

This week is Cycling Proficiency for Year 6! Lots for our cyclists to learn about staying safe on the roads! 🚴🚴🚴 https://t.co/CH1GseKWC2

17/07/19

The fabulous SRA Primary Talent Show took place this morning with amazing acts from all Year groups! Well done to all our brilliant performers and a particular well done to the winners 'The Next Steps' and Jayden!!!!💃🕺🤹🎭🎤 https://t.co/NfgXyuhtoP

17/07/19

Some fabulous choreography from Year 2. https://t.co/40DgjfbLEI

17/07/19

The SRA talent show got off to a great start with some brilliant singing from Reception. Great singing boys! https://t.co/e5NdVBLwZz

15/07/19

Our Autumn PE Club Timetable is out now. Thanks to lots of opportunities to get involved. Primary morning clubs: 8-8.30am, Secondary morning clubs: 7.45 - 8.25am, Lunchtime clubs: KS3: 1-1.30pm, KS4: 1-1.40pm, After School clubs: 3.30-4.30pm. ⛹️⛹️‍♀️🤾🤾‍♀️ https://t.co/qe3cU11lDH

15/07/19

A busy last week of term! ▶️ Year 6 Cycling Proficiency 🚲 ▶️ Reception Trip to Shepreth Wildlife Park 🦒🐎🐐 ▶️Houses of Parliament Trip 🏰 ▶️Primary Talent Show 🤹🤹‍♀️ ▶️Wildhearts Awards Ceremony ♥️

12/07/19

Congratulations to the Year 1, Year 2 and Year 3 finalists. https://t.co/DCRZI3GmDC

11/07/19

Year 5 (soon to be Year 6!) had a great transition morning taking part in team building activities! https://t.co/TPoXZAM9Jz

11/07/19

After a lot of deliberation the judges have selected the winning acts for Purple class in Year One and Green class in Year Two! https://t.co/SQa19NWrKK

11/07/19

Purple class in Year 1 and Green class in Year 2 have auditioned for the talent show. Congratulations to all those that took part https://t.co/CtoDrDo9uQ

11/07/19

Retweeted From SRA Music

A huge well done to all our talented Y6 students for their performance of Peter Pan last night, we are all very proud of you. Thanks to all the staff that worked really hard to make it happen, and to all parents for coming to support!

10/07/19

If you are coming along to our Year 6 performance of Peter Pan today, some of our secondary students will be selling refreshments before and during the interval to raise money for their expedition to Ecuador! 🥤🍿 https://t.co/au8Jgse2ZX

09/07/19

Year 1 have made their way to Southend and are having a wonderful time. blob:null/995f1928-3883-4c01-9dcf-3fb77780d679

08/07/19

A fab performance from our staff band earlier today!! Well done Mr Fothergill, Ms Wilson, Mrs Reig, Mr Berry and Mr Woosey🎤🎸🥁🎼🎹 https://t.co/6sIYOCPXkE

05/07/19

Looking for a fun family activity for the weekend? Don't miss our fantastic Summer Fair from 12-3pm - something for everyone 🌞🍦🍭🎉 https://t.co/JbMsGrt9fL

03/07/19

A beautiful, sunny Primary Sports Day!!! 🌞🌞🌞🏃🏃‍♀️ https://t.co/z3XfsJvwUV

03/07/19

And now for key stage 2! https://t.co/c98oJJSFzo

03/07/19

Year 2 demonstrating their skills on the glockenspiel. https://t.co/dd1DNq0Sxy

03/07/19

Key stage 1 sports day carousel is off to a brilliant start! We are all looking forward to a great day! https://t.co/QlV1XbwbIJ

01/07/19

Well done to all our Year 8 students who are out teaching French in local Primary schools this week!!!🇫🇷🇫🇷🥖#French https://t.co/Swoj55x6Bh

28/06/19

Year 6 performing their final dance from the workshop today!! https://t.co/BAdNVHv73j

28/06/19

Year Two had a great time at the dance workshop this afternoon. https://t.co/mScV9AaDza

28/06/19

We are very busy next week at SRA!! ✅Y10/12 Work Experience 👩‍🔬👨‍💻👩‍🏭👨‍🏫 ✅Y8 Primary French Project 🇫🇷 ✅ Tues- Art/DT Exhibition 🎨 ✅Weds- Primary Sports Day, Y8 Drama Showcase 🎭 ✅Thurs- A Midsummer Night's Dream Trip, Parent Child Coding Event 🎟️

28/06/19

Dance workshops have got off to a great start! https://t.co/VRObu6QyH4

26/06/19

It;s not too early to get organised for the Autumn Term! 📝📋#backtoschool https://t.co/MW29CxB5gp

24/06/19

Retweeted From Hertfordshire County Council

This week is Drowning Prevention Week – here are some tips on staying safe around water https://t.co/kJqSKbYf2s

24/06/19

Retweeted From Hertfordshire RTC

We have a few tickets left if you would still like to sign up for our fantastic parent and child robotics event on July 4th. Get your FREE ticket here: https://t.co/gTbI1YZVnO https://t.co/tGjI1oaaiA

24/06/19

Retweeted From SRA - English

And then we have Macbeth being performed in the Roman theatre in Verulamium. An excellent opportunity to bring this GCSE text to life. 9th July - 13th July. https://t.co/OaBOuF0J7W

More Able Students

Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll

The Mad Hatter asks Alice:

Q: “Why is a raven like a writing desk?“

A: ??

 

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 policies.

 

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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