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19/10/21

Retweeted From SRA PE dept

Our primary students had great fun in the tag rugby tournament! Some amazing play✨ https://t.co/lPTSszohmL

18/10/21

A fantastic effort! Well done to our Year 6 girls! 👏🏻🌟🏅 https://t.co/TvXDx0Q7rz

15/10/21

Miss Wallace has created this fabulous book recommendation display in the library in celebration of Black History Month. Why don’t you try some of these suggestions and enjoy some of these amazing stories! https://t.co/gLhUUCgGYH

12/10/21

Year 1 and 2 Eco Club created some fantastic bug hotels today. They wanted to provide a safe environment for the insects they have been learning about. https://t.co/MPjVIyflKf

04/10/21

Some fantastic netball on display from Year 6 in their house games event today. Well done to everyone and thank you to some of our Year 7 students for supporting and umpiring. https://t.co/X1JgCYJD37

03/10/21

Retweeted From Samuel Ryder Academy

We are looking forward to launching our new lunch menu this month, with lots of exciting new ideas. Our first theme day is next week on Thursday 7th October and primary students will have the lunch option of making their own pizza and ice cream - yum yum! https://t.co/iaWTkbzqDv

24/09/21

Retweeted From SRA PE dept

Our primary X country squad ready for their races this evening✨ https://t.co/FYydqClgXJ

17/09/21

Year 6 took their maths learning outside to solve different reasoning challenges. These were linked to their WW2 learning and were developing their higher order thinking skills as part of their drive to be great scholars. https://t.co/tOZnb6eBsS

16/09/21

Retweeted From Samuel Ryder PTA

It’s been 2 years since our last Christmas Fair and we are really excited to bring it back this year !! Let’s make it our best one yet !! https://t.co/RGn77HL4Lj

16/09/21

Retweeted From Samuel Ryder PTA

We have a Bags2school collection on 22/9/21 - a letter will be sent out via EduLink with details https://t.co/lI9P34sSAb

10/09/21

KS2 were invited to be Language Ambassadors today. They watched a presentation from Mrs Schenk and we are excited to see the hard work that will be on display in language learning this year and beyond. https://t.co/x5fWqmvHSm

02/09/21

Retweeted From SRA - English

We would love to offer a diverse range of books for students. Can you help us to purchase some and build our library in the dept? Use https://t.co/lCfLxhb3Xa to purchase straight from the fantastic and your donation will help build our collection

18/07/21

Retweeted From Herts Libraries

Children taking part in the can read ANY 6 library books! Fiction, short stories, information books, picture books, comic books, and eBooks & eAudiobooks! https://t.co/eV0OmY6T8g

16/07/21

Retweeted From Samuel Ryder Academy

A very special message from our Year 6 students as they celebrate their last year as primary students. ⛵️🦞🌊 Please click the link to view https://t.co/qNUvb6NCu9

16/07/21

Year 6 had a wonderful celebration today. Thank you to everyone who contributed to a memorable last day in primary school. https://t.co/4mLIfmlbSu

14/07/21

Retweeted From Samuel Ryder Academy

On your marks get set go! Our Primary sports day is underway and we're having a blast...🏅🏃‍♀️🏃‍♂️⭐ https://t.co/02PJiQMiXB

14/07/21

Thank you to for providing the children and staff with ice pops after a fantastic sports day. https://t.co/kDJLcuvNve

13/07/21

Oxford Class were also developing their oracy and reasoning skills. They were working together to explain and prove different statements related to fluency facts and geometry. A lot of useful discussion. https://t.co/ke3Nin46Y0

13/07/21

Cambridge Class were reading their oracle bones this morning. Using their history learning, they developed their oracy skills to share their readings to display wonderful cross curricular learning. https://t.co/4QzUa8jeHK

09/07/21

Retweeted From SRA Art

Mrs Rudd's Year 5 art class have been creating some stylish product designs based on their Grand Canyon project https://t.co/9v4WpRwU0c

09/07/21

These are just a handful of our dragons. . https://t.co/GXKz4FnCpr

09/07/21

Year 6 have had a D&T filled morning. They have been using their Shang Dynasty inspired designs to create their own dragon puppets. We can’t wait to share these with you. https://t.co/QojoFYU1od

07/07/21

A few more highlights from last weeks Egyptian Day in Y4! As you can see some incredible costumes! 🇪🇹⚱️🐈‍⬛ https://t.co/K3WcXnjkXC

07/07/21

Year 1 are very excited to tell us about the match tonight! https://t.co/LG51HoVYVK

06/07/21

Retweeted From Samuel Ryder Academy

Our primary year group bubbles are enjoying a magical performance of Beauty and the Beast today, performed by our Year 6 students 🌹 📔 https://t.co/y5t0mGzqXe

03/07/21

Retweeted From Samuel Ryder Academy

Our Year 4 students have loved dressing up as Egyptians today and enjoyed bartering at the busy market stalls - don't you sphinx they look amazing? https://t.co/eJhFP2HiWT

29/06/21

You can’t ‘beetle’ this! https://t.co/sl2trhFQMl

22/06/21

Retweeted From SRA PE dept

Our year 7 pupils coaching our year 3’s in athletics club this morning✨ Great work girls! https://t.co/vI1KFBlEjO

18/06/21

Thank you to and for all your hard work with the children. They are having a great time! https://t.co/AkYsbbKvmy

18/06/21

Retweeted From Samuel Ryder Academy

The school hall is ahum with the most glorious sounds as our Year 6 students rehearse for a very special production. We can't wait for you to 'be our guest!' In the meantime, here's a sneak peek of them hard at work... 🌹📖🎭🕯️ https://t.co/qymVvajGUz

11/06/21

Retweeted From Samuel Ryder Academy

It's puzzle of the week! This week we are releasing only the primary puzzle - our secondary students are working hard and keeping focused with end of year exams. https://t.co/Ki8kDrPDd6

11/06/21

Retweeted From Samuel Ryder Academy

Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No, it's our Year 1 students looking absolutely fabulous on superhero dress up day - but are they ready to take on the challenge of exploring fantasy stories? You bet they are! 🌟🦸🦹‍♀️💫 https://t.co/FvH6T7oUvf

11/06/21

We also took this opportunity to focus on oracy. The children could explain their games, listen carefully and communicate effectively. They showed a great collaboration of ideas and enjoyed this project a lot! https://t.co/VOoaUVszfI

11/06/21

More games from Year 6. Aren’t they brilliant? https://t.co/MYQvEKb9nL

11/06/21

Take a look at some of the fantastic games created by Year 6. In groups, they designed, constructed and evaluated their games. In addition to this, they produced rules so others can play them. https://t.co/vpLvMg8zaE

08/06/21

Retweeted From Hertfordshire RTC

you can now book a place at our next EVENT - Connecting creativity and technology in the classroom. 🗓️ 21st June 2021, 3:45pm-5:45pm Sign up for free: https://t.co/Q4zKuYqzNt https://t.co/0llqf69nPw

28/05/21

To end the half term, three members of Y6 organised a year group Zumba session. It was carefully planned and everyone had a great time! https://t.co/Zm3yIekqpt

28/05/21

More entries from Year 5 showing off their extreme reading! 📖📚👍🏻 https://t.co/78KjWvB6j7

27/05/21

Y6 took on the challenge of performing ‘The cat in the hat’ by Dr. Seuss. They collaborated to learn parts of the story off by heart and created their own actions to accompany these. With the sun shining,they took their performances outside. https://t.co/QOAjIYmaOO

27/05/21

Year 4 have had a wonderful morning playing their own version of snakes and ladders 🐍🪜 https://t.co/Hmo9PK0Bet

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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