At Dove Bank Primary School all children are valued for their individual strengths, talents and special abilities, whether this is in a core curriculum subject or in any other area.
We understand that all children, including the more-able pupils, require support and challenge in their learning in order to make progress and reach their full potential. Here at Dove Bank, we use the term ‘more-able’ to refer to pupils who demonstrate or have the potential to work at a standard well above their peers; this means they are exceeding the National Curriculum expectations for their age. This may be in one or more areas of learning.
Provision for more-able pupils
We endeavour to meet the needs of higher ability children through careful identification and monitoring strategies and by providing access to a curriculum which will not only support the development of the whole child intellectually, socially and emotionally, but will enable them to show aptitudes and quality of thinking
We strongly believe that engaging teaching and learning for all is the key to securing achievement for every child. Through creative curriculum activities, more-able pupils are given a wide variety of exciting challenges and experiences, developing the ability to question, explain, persevere, communicate their thoughts and take risks in their learning whilst building relationships.
We support our more-able pupils by giving them opportunities for open ended tasks, higher order thinking challenges and extension activities. In class children work in a range of ways; ability groups, mixed ability, paired work and independent work. We use a variety of teaching styles and a range of higher level questions to stimulate critical thinking.
In addition to these, we also offer opportunities for children to take part in enhancement activities, such as Art or Science workshops with other local schools. This helps the children to develop confidence and leadership skills. Pupils demonstrating exceptional ability will also be encouraged to take a full part in extra-curricular activities.
Additionally, we run our own ‘Dove Bank Dynamo’ workshops for more able pupils showing exceptional ability in a range of curriculum areas.
Provision for gifted children may well include individual programmes, the opportunity of tackling demanding tasks where initiative and design are required and at times the chance to work with older children.
Dove Bank Enrichment Programme 2016-17
Increase the number of special ‘projects’ more-able pupils lead
- Half-termly school newspaper written by pupils, for pupils or termly school magazine
- Enterprise activities
- Charity events
- Digital Leaders; Sports Council; ABA etc.
- More-able children to run own skills workshops for other children
Learning links with KS3/Specialist Teaching; Working with outside agencies
- Secondary School staff
- Mad Science Club; Robotics Club
- Opportunities for real life challenges e.g. guest reporter with a broadcasting company; working with a design company etc.
- Guest speakers
- Visits to museums, galleries etc.
Maths Master Classes – Y6 more-able
- Taught for two days out of class, with a focus on mathematical enquiry, problem solving, reasoning, using and applying logic and formulating generalisations based on evidence. The aim of this workshop is to develop the following generic skills: Enquiry: defining a problem; predicting an outcome; testing a conclusion. Creative thinking: generating and extending ideas; suggesting a hypothesis; looking for alternative outcomes. Reasoning: making and explaining deductions; reaching decisions informed by evidence. Evaluation: evaluating evidence and reaching conclusions; making generalisations.
New ideas for Dove Bank Dynamo Master Classes
- Philosophy Workshop – philosophy and reasoning through stories. During the workshop children are introduced to challenging ideas through the study of texts that focus on ‘big ideas’ about life and the universe. Practical philosophy enables pupils to analyse different viewpoints and evaluate them; to argue and reason stating their views orally and in writing; to communicate information clearly using increasingly sophisticated language and to think critically about what they learn. Some materials can be taken from the P4C (Philosophy for Children) website; Fi also has a ‘Philosophy for Children’ book
- Scientific Enquiry – the aim of this workshop would be to accelerate pupils’ scientific enquiry skills. All learning would involves practical investigations and pupils would be expected to communicate their findings through a range of different media: Powerpoint presentations; Short films involving pupils interviewing each other or demonstrating what they have discovered; Diagrams, graphs and other forms of data representation
Debate with a Mate Workshops
- Pupils are taught the skills of debate.
Opportunities to attend local/regional workshops and events with pupils of a similar ability
- Development Group 24 – Discovery Days: one school hosts an external provider; the other schools send 2-3 pupils and share all costs
- Unity events
- More-able pupils will create a portfolio of their ‘best’ work in their specialized subject/(s), document extra- curricular and enrichment activities and evidence their achievements throughout their time at Dove Bank.
What can I do for my child at home?
There are many ways that parents can support their more able children. Below are just a few ideas that you may like to try.
- Encourage them to take up a hobby.
- Encourage independent research (Use local libraries or the school library which has a range of materials for the more able student.)
- Encourage them to read national newspapers or to watch the news on television, to help their knowledge of current affairs.
- Talk to them about what they have learnt in school during the day and what has particularly interested them.
- Support homework activities by ensuring that the work is completed to a high standard.
- Encourage creative and independent interests using resources either from local libraries, the internet or the School.
- Help to develop team skills including cooperation and leadership by encouraging your child to take part in team games and sports.
- Encourage your child’s work in school, providing rewards for good work, to stimulate an environment of positive achievement.
- Talk to them about Thinking Skills and encourage them to do lateral thinking puzzles etc., to increase and develop these skills
Visit the following websites for resources and ideas to your child’s development.
http://www.nace.co.uk (National Association for Able Children in Education)
http://www.nagcbritain.org.uk (National Association for Gifted Children)
To find out more about more-able provision at Dove Bank, please read the school’s latest policy or feel welcome to ask our Curriculum Development Leader for more-able pupils, Mrs Shields, any questions.