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 Mensa modules for the Exceptionally Able children.
Autumn Term Enrichment - 2017/2018
This term there have been a number of enrichment and extension opportunities running for all year groups.
For the first time ever we have run a MENSA group for Year Three and Five and this will include Year Four and Six students later in the year. Within the MENSA group, children work on cross curricular, practical and research based activities. The children then use this work to prepare their own personalised final presentation. They have also enjoyed tackling some informal IQ test questions which require them to use a range of skills.
Mrs Hale has led a Design Technology group in studying vexillology: the history and design principles of flags. This resulted in a wonderful display of children’s own flags in our Cambridge room. In the second part of the term, there was a group that focused on Recycling. They looked at the history of recycling which goes back to cave men! The Year Six group impressed us all when they requested to make a song about recycling, which got published on the school’s social media accounts. Over sixty children visited the Recycling Centre in Waterbeach to gain an insight into present day recycling and consider the science behind it.
In addition, Mrs Gibbons has been running enrichment groups for both writing and maths for Year Four and Five. These provide children with the opportunity to work at higher cognitive levels and encourage self-motivation. In maths, children have taken part in activities which require the visualisation and investigation of big ideas. The writing groups have supported children in ensuring that they understand and make use of a range of grammatical and linguistic skills within their writing.
We look forward to next term when we will be able to offer enrichment opportunities to a number of children who show strength in art, some Year Six students will be taking part in the Junior Mathematics Challenge run by the United Kingdom Mathematics Trust and the MENSA, maths and writing groups will continue to run.