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19/06/24

An afternoon of climbing for some groups 🧗‍♂️ pic.twitter.com/NLgNAVEeQD

19/06/24

Happy Wednesday 🤩 pic.twitter.com/VXeKQc6bwd

19/06/24

A brilliant morning on the lake for some of our teams 🚣🏼‍♀️🛶 pic.twitter.com/gwjhsWtrwC

19/06/24

Ready for Day 3 and we are all still smiling ☺️ 🤩 pic.twitter.com/Qxu1BKW9We

19/06/24

We had a brilliant Day 2 at 🧗🤸🏼‍♀️🚣 pic.twitter.com/5ID6TG8mIp

18/06/24

Another brilliant afternoon at 🛞🐸🚣 pic.twitter.com/z7CL7OBMWL

18/06/24

Mr D showing off his paddle boarding skills 😂💦 pic.twitter.com/3qpDtogHvd

18/06/24

Good morning! Day 2 has got off to a great start. Check out Addisons amazing headstand 🤸🏼‍♀️ pic.twitter.com/GwFvQ42wZB

17/06/24

Safe to say we have all had a fantastic day! Ready to jump feet first into tomorrow 🤩 pic.twitter.com/xbLUWbNCZz

17/06/24

Paddle Boarding was a wonderful afternoon treat in the sunshine ☀️ pic.twitter.com/D3FUwBrwne

17/06/24

Tree Climbing was definitely a hit 🌳🧗 pic.twitter.com/3cU0HzUver

17/06/24

Arrived safe and sound at Avon Tyrrell. Off to lunch before our first activity. pic.twitter.com/MJtpLy7hZ8

17/06/24

We have arrived and started our activities for the afternoon! Everyone is smiling and raring to go! 😊🚀🗺️🐸🚣 pic.twitter.com/90YxkTaCPT

17/06/24

And we are off! Year 6 are en route to . Lots of excited staff and children looking forward to a week of fun. pic.twitter.com/O00C0SmHx6

16/06/24

Eid Mubarak to all those celebrating today. May it be a time of joy and celebration for you all. pic.twitter.com/qR7Ry9g92G

16/06/24

* DigiTech Live *We are delighted to announce the return of DigiTech Live!All adults within the teaching profession are welcome to join us at Samuel Ryder Academy on Tuesday 18th June, 4:30pm-5:30pm.Please book your free ticket here: https://t.co/iwUGUZhm5U pic.twitter.com/ECoGBICUUq

14/06/24

A fantastic morning as some of our Year 7 students led athletics-based activities for our Year 1 and 2 students. Students had a great time learning javelin, triple jump, and relay! pic.twitter.com/PK1coC1DBj

13/06/24

Our volunteers have been showing the next generation what lives in the in . children were the first of 200 from 5 schools in 2024 to learn more about their local . Big thanks to Laura from for organising the programme. pic.twitter.com/NxkNUsU0Ni

12/06/24

Year 4 Warwick also visited the River Ver this afternoon 🏞️ they loved hearing about the formation of the river and saw their learning of rivers really come to life 🤩 pic.twitter.com/d1NPxGXXdb

12/06/24

Year 4 Durham had a great morning exploring the River Ver, they loved finding out about the wildlife 🏞️ pic.twitter.com/GxyqAYFjHK

08/06/24

Operation EYFS garden makeover is underway. A huge thank you to all of the parents, staff and students who have joined us this afternoon 🎨🧑‍🎨👷🪴 pic.twitter.com/jkWKVcNrBS

07/06/24

Our Primary Eco representatives are having a wonderful day at the Sustainability Conference. We cannot wait to hear all about it and the work they have done when they return to school 🌱♻️ pic.twitter.com/MFg7CWL2rY

06/06/24

Year 4 thoroughly enjoyed their visit to St Luke’s Church this morning linking it to their RE learning. As always, a huge thank you to Alex and Chris. ⛪️✝️ pic.twitter.com/Ajj8eQhIlH

06/06/24

I cannot tell you how INCREDIBLE is. Funny, engaging, warm, friendly. were enthralled… already at least 5 gutted students that didn’t buy a book and can’t borrow it in our library yet. If you get a chance, say yes to Cathy speaking at your school! 🪞✨ pic.twitter.com/p2J7L45ap2

06/06/24

Some of our enjoying the resources for “the resources have sparked some interesting conversations” “they’ve really enjoyed it” pic.twitter.com/drt2izhRHL

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, 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.

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 is stretch and challenge which 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 OneNote.         

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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