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.

 

Life at Moorland

Our son Tiaan has been at Moorland Juniors since he started in reception. He can’t wait to get to school in the mornings…he loves it and so do His friends. His class is smaller than in any other local school and he has the space to grow in his confidence and ability because of this. His teachers have stimulated his love for maths and he takes pride in the work he does in class.

Moorland creates an environment where children can be children. There is a feel of freedom and exploration. They play and learn outside as part of Forest School and they have the desire to learn, rather than feeling they ‘have to’. Tiaan definitely sees Moorland as an extension of his family and he is a very happy boy.


Jane Viljoen Junior Parent

From the moment our eldest daughter attended her taster sessions at Moorland School, we were all hooked! She felt immediately welcomed by both the pupils and the teaching staff. Fast forward a year and half and she is thriving.

Moorland is honestly like a family, the way the days are constructed to balance the right amount of learning with social and life skills is amazing and every day she can’t wait to go and comes home with a huge smile on her face full of stories about the day – this ranges from what she’s learned academically to the myriad of clubs she can attend. The teaching staff are simply wonderful and they create an amazing atmosphere for the children, which also extends to the parents – they are always willing to answer any questions you have, no matter what these are.


Joanne and Steve Carlin Junior Parents

Being a military family, we have moved around a lot at the cost of our children’s education. Being part of the moorland family has seen our child grow from strength to strength not just educationally but personally as well. For the first time she is settled and is enjoying school and making friends that will last a life time.

The decision to send our children to boarding school was not a decision we took lightly, but as each day pasts and we see her grow and enjoy every element of Moorland life, From the unique teaching styles, extra-curricular clubs, evening events in the boarding house and the fun packed weekend trips we know we made the right decision in choosing Moorland School.


Vicky and Scott Green Military Parents

Moorland is like a second family to me. They help me make friends for life. The staff especially the teachers and house parents always know when something is wrong and they will do their best to help me.


Chloe Green Boarding Pupil

My four children aged 8, 8, 4 and 3 all attend Moorland School, Preschool and Nursery respectively. When my husband and I visited the school for the first time, we were struck by the affection the children showed to their teachers. The nursery, pre-school and juniors have a warm and easy going atmosphere. The atmosphere the children enjoy is very much a home from home experience. Teachers are empathetic and approachable, friendships are nurtured alongside gentle discipline and children are given appropriate responsibilities and strive to meet their teacher’s expectations of good behaviour. Children’s thoughts and opinions are listened to and respected, and self-directed learning is encouraged. They are not overburdened with homework and an emphasis on learning through play is fostered before age 7.

My children have thrived and blossomed at Moorland, and I doubt I can find another school locally which can match Moorland in terms of facilitating a love for learning and creating that family atmosphere in the classroom.


Iona Connor Junior School Mother

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