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17/02/24

Please join us for an online session with our Hertfordshire Apple Regional Training Centre on Tuesday 27 February 2024, 4:00pm-4:30pm.This Teams session ‘Using OneNote in Education’ is aimed at educators. Please click below to book your free place: https://t.co/jyUvAY0dat pic.twitter.com/TffnsXJyfo

16/02/24

Please join us for an online session with our Hertfordshire Apple Regional Training Centre on Tuesday 27 February 2024, 4:00pm-4:30pm.This Teams session ‘Using OneNote in Education’ is aimed at educators. Please click below to book your free place: https://t.co/jyUvAY0dat pic.twitter.com/TffnsXJyfo

15/02/24

Year 5 St Andrews have been working collaboratively with their peers to edit and improve their writing ✍️ pic.twitter.com/Piy3BqcnJB

15/02/24

Reception have been celebrating Chinese New Year 🧧 they thoroughly enjoyed their visit from a parent in class. They even made their own decorations 🇨🇳🐉🐲 pic.twitter.com/rsl0vDKkRT

13/02/24

Reception were getting in the pancake day mood today, practising their flipping of ‘pancakes’ 🥞🤩 pic.twitter.com/zoqBqkJmLA

09/02/24

Today we completed Children’s Mental Health week with a dance party on the playground! What a great end to the week! 💃🕺 pic.twitter.com/FcmE4ZqER7

08/02/24

We have had wonderful week marking Children’s Mental Health week, filled with play dough discos, running club, Blooket games, yoga, games and lots of opportunities to talk! 🤩🏃💬🗣️ pic.twitter.com/gu1uJxnbZT

08/02/24

Oxford Class have been thoroughly enjoying their class texts. After Goodnight Mr Tom, they read The Final Year and now after it being a main feature in the previous text, are moving on to read Skellig. Such enjoyment in books is lovely to see. pic.twitter.com/Lx26kUAoAa

08/02/24

Year 5 Imperial enjoyed some voice and script work with Miss Randall in drama. Some fantastic Chicago accents and audience participation. Well done Year 5. pic.twitter.com/NctmitQGiD

07/02/24

A great running session for KS2 at lunchtime on the field. Everyone did their best to challenge themselves and enjoy the fresh air. Some great running on display and even better cheering each other on. pic.twitter.com/wCT3TcE35c

02/02/24

Reception had a great afternoon making fruit kebabs 🍎🍌🍉🍓🫐🥭 pic.twitter.com/Yns5IjNkzn

02/02/24

In Primary we all wore an item of bright colour today to show how we are all different and amazing. What a great end to our diversity and LGBT week 🏳️‍🌈 pic.twitter.com/zXDUhHlewT

30/01/24

Today, our Year 6s played in the EFL Utilita cup at Watford training dome. The squad cruised to the final undefeated with 6 wins and a draw, however unfortunately, an extra-time 1-0 loss saw us finish runners up. All the students should be incredibly proud! pic.twitter.com/TFyvarE0Wx

30/01/24

Today, our Year 6s played in the EFL Utilita cup at Watford training dome. The squad cruised to the final undefeated with 6 wins and a draw, however unfortunately, an extra-time 1-0 loss saw us finish runners up. All the students should be incredibly proud! pic.twitter.com/TFyvarE0Wx

30/01/24

Year 4 Warwick Class have been exploring how to use a compass to draw circles and calculating their radius and diameter. ⭕️🧮✍️ pic.twitter.com/O75AIrRDI0

26/01/24

We are thrilled to share that we have become a Voice 21 Oracy Centre of Excellence.This is recognition from the national oracy charity, Voice 21, of the last three years of oracy provision we have provided throughout the whole school. pic.twitter.com/ptDDfEOC7G

26/01/24

Year 1 Orange have made some amazing pen pots, have a looks at some of their amazing creations 🦋🍍🦜🐞 pic.twitter.com/dJzu0eRhs3

26/01/24

We are thrilled to share that we have become a Voice 21 Oracy Centre of Excellence.This is recognition from the national oracy charity, Voice 21, of the last three years of oracy provision we have provided throughout the whole school. pic.twitter.com/ptDDfEOC7G

26/01/24

A lovely assembly with Chris and Alex from St Luke’s Church this morning talking about dreams and goals. Lots to think about and new learning about some key figures who have impacted the world of science, maths and civil rights. pic.twitter.com/t70ELoZ0aF

23/01/24

Year 3 have loved exploring ‘pixil art’ in their computing lessons this week! pic.twitter.com/LJet6dGFNa

19/01/24

Frozen Trip. Updated arrival time 10:40pm

19/01/24

The Frozen trip are safely on their way home. ETA at the moment is 10:30pm. Any changes we will update.

18/01/24

Year 5 St Andrews had a great science lesson in the lab today looking at water temperature 🧪👩‍🔬🧫🔬 pic.twitter.com/JJuzTqGcHu

15/01/24

Year 5 had an incredible evening at 🎶🎵 pic.twitter.com/KpjEroOYXP

15/01/24

Year 5 have found their seats and have begun rehearsals for this evenings performance pic.twitter.com/9oOtu4N8MY

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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