Gifted & Talented
As dedicated practitioners within the Junior school, we are passionate about providing each and every child with learning opportunities suitable to them and their abilities. Due to this, the teachers endeavour to identify Gifted and Talented children with particular talents or who excel in certain areas.
A child may demonstrate Gifted and Talented traits in many different ways, including showing great passion for a certain subject, mastering techniques and skills quickly, connecting past and present learning, working at a level beyond their age or showing intellectual maturity. A method which we use to assist with identifying Gifted and Talented children is our half term assessments, which clearly identify a child who is achieving above the expected level for their age range. We use these assessments throughout the whole Junior school and so these provide us with continuity within our identification process.
To ensure the needs of these children are met, each class teacher within the Junior School provides the right learning opportunities to enhance learning and achievement. Highly differentiated lessons are provided within every subject, providing Gifted and Talented children with challenges which excite and engage them. The teachers strive to enrich the children’s learning to therefore develop their confidence further.
We understand that in order for a child to develop and progress that the classroom environment must be one of encouragement and support. To create this secure environment, where children are motivated, we ensure that our children experience challenges, take risks within their learning, understand that it is natural to make mistakes and have the ability and confidence to ask inquisitive questions. Overall, we ensure that their learning is fun and enjoyable!
Further to the support provided within the classroom, when a child is identified as being Gifted and Talented, this is communicated to our SENDCO, Miss Hannah Hull who will ensure that appropriate intervention sessions are put in place. They will be given personalised targets, which will be reviewed every half term, along with the child’s progress. These targets and their progress will be communicated with parents regularly through our Parent’s Evenings or our reports each half term.
The support for these children is continued into our Private Tuition sessions, which are held from 4-5pm 4 days a week, where each child is again given personalised targets. These are worked on in 1 to 1, or small group situations with a class teacher.