Able, Gifted & Talented
Our school values all children equally and endeavours to ensure that each child should have the opportunity to realise his/her potential. We believe in providing an education that is tailored to individual needs and abilities including those identified as able, gifted or talented. To ensure these children reach their full potential, we implement strategies to cater for their educational and social needs.
Our school has a number of able, talented or gifted pupils, some of whom may perform or have the potential to perform at a level that well exceeds the level of others in their class or that expected for children in their age group. This may be in one area of learning or across a number of subjects. Our definition of ability recognises academic and practical skills as well as those who show outstanding artistic, musical and creative talent, physical skills, leadership qualities and the ability to process ideas and information.
We believe that we can make a difference in enabling these pupils to achieve the greatest possible progress and recognise the value and importance of identifying, developing and celebrating their achievements and successes.
Opportunities for extension and enrichment are built into all of our schemes of work, teaching strategies and daily routines. We also provide a range of subject based and cross curricular A,G&T extension groups, make use of external opportunities and run some Mensa modules.
What does this look like in practice?
Throughout the year there are a number of enrichment and extension opportunities running for all year groups.
We run a range of subject based modules to support our greater depth students in each subject. Examples of past projects include a design technology group, studying vexillology: the history and design principles of flags and an art module on photography where children made and used a pin hole camera to make their own personal portfolio of pictures. This year, Mrs Smith is leading enrichment groups which include an English topic on analysing song lyrics and a science topic exploring kitchen chemistry.
In addition to this, there are numerous other groups and programmes running throughout the school to further enrich learning. Mrs Radwell runs some extension groups for both writing and maths for children working at greater depth. These sessions provide children with the opportunity to work at higher cognitive levels and encourage self-motivation. In Year Six, a greater depth maths group also runs weekly throughout the year, led by Mrs Ruff. Children reading at greater depth across the school are invited to take part in the Mensa reading challenge and many children also take part in weekly Extension Readers groups.
As an extra to subject based modules, we also look for other opportunities to enrich the provision for our greater depth students. For example, Year Six students take part in the Junior Mathematics Challenge run by the United Kingdom Mathematics Trust, our Greater Depth musicians attend local concerts and then take part in a follow up workshop in school and this year, some of our talented netball players have received specialist coaching.
Every year, we seek to make use of the community and businesses around us to help us ensure our children are offered exciting, high quality real life experiences to enrich the learning and raise standards in all subjects