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13/06/19

Mrs Hayes is feeling very proud that she can finally plate spin! https://t.co/EvOcpeKkpV

13/06/19

So nearly there! Having a growth mindset. I will get there eventually. https://t.co/SlnpJtooOG

13/06/19

Plate spinning. https://t.co/YhYtCWrNhH

13/06/19

Toothbrush spinning. https://t.co/k2gugRmYe9

13/06/19

Plate spinning. https://t.co/m11hHTDWwY

13/06/19

Toothbrush twirling! https://t.co/7TANicrSIq

13/06/19

Ribbon twirling https://t.co/3GrlIY44fz

13/06/19

Scarf Balancing https://t.co/irquciqtT4

13/06/19

Peacock Feather Balancing. https://t.co/BoMIrmTjhE

13/06/19

Green Class having fun at the circus. https://t.co/sjhd007rsF

13/06/19

Circus day at SRA. Green class are learning lots of new skills https://t.co/SGxQhpCR6I

10/06/19

Retweeted From SRA MFL

L'atélier de mayonnaise https://t.co/RYw8AjO08t

10/06/19

Retweeted From SRA MFL

Sweet shop, ice cream on the beach... Another great day in France for Y7! https://t.co/Jv4vqkT0cA

07/06/19

Year 6 are on track to arrive back at SRA for 1900.

07/06/19

Year 6 are stuck in traffic and our ETA is now 1900. Please spread the word. https://t.co/QpSjuWUBWB

07/06/19

Year 6 are off the ferry and now in Portsmouth, heading for St Albans. ETA is currently 1830 however this may change. We will keep you updated.

07/06/19

Year 6 are finally boarding the ferry, after a 90 minute delay. We will update you with an estimated ETA when we arrive on the mainland.

07/06/19

Year 6 did themselves proud at Osbourne house, with many of the staff and public commenting on how well behaved they were. REMINDER: The ferry has been delayed, we expect to be back at 1730. Please spread the word. https://t.co/Rmt983zZGd

07/06/19

Relieved to have avoided this weather until now, Year 6 are heading to Osbourne House before heading home. REMINDER: We currently expect to be back at school for 1730. Please spread the word. https://t.co/qoeiK6ixlr

07/06/19

Year 6 are mostly packed and are just waiting for breakfast. IMPORTANT: Our ferry has been delayed by an hour. We now expect to be back at SRA AT 1730.

06/06/19

Year 6 have just come back from a lovely final beach. Their behaviour was impeccable and we had a lovely evening. https://t.co/5wcN1FLVqe

06/06/19

Mr Arnold couldn't resist. https://t.co/eB5Lx0I6t9

06/06/19

The shenanigans continued at ... https://t.co/QzUi930VY6

06/06/19

We hope to be at school at 1730, M25 permitting.

06/06/19

Unfortunately the ferry for the Year 6 residential has been delayed s our new ETA is 1730 on the 7th of June, traffic permitting.

06/06/19

is the destination of the day for Year 6 today. We got started with a trip down the water slide, followed by a visit on the rollercoaster. https://t.co/hSB8kuWKN6

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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