More Able Pupils

We recognise more able pupils as those who have outstanding ability across a range of subjects/skills or within one area/subject. They will show curiosity, autonomy and the determination to take their learning forward in their own direction. Children may also demonstrate talents/aptitudes in a specific area including social/leadership and higher order thinking skills.

More able learners are those pupils who are currently on track to be working at greater depth within the expected standard in either reading, writing or maths; we recognise that children may have an aptitude in other areas of the curriculum including sporting, musical or art achievements.
 
Pyrcroft Grange Primary School identifies “More Able” children based on evidence including teacher assessment and pupil data. It is important that children identified as “More Able” are provided the necessary challenges in lessons and given the opportunity to develop potential gifts and talents. The school has a register that is distributed to all staff and is a working document that is updated when required.

How we provide for our More Able Pupils

  • The school is a member of NACE (National Association for Able Children in Education) NACE specialises in working with teachers to improve learning for the high attaining pupils and to turn ability into achievement for all
  • We provide a broad, balanced and creative curriculum with many opportunities for our “high attaining” children to excel academically, artistically and within a range of sporting Activities.
  • Teacher’s skills and high degree of subject knowledge enables work to be planned in breadth and depth whilst delivered at an appropriate pace. Our ‘Themed Weeks’, Club programmes both in and out of school time, visits made and visitors who come into school, all contribute to an enriched curriculum.
  • Children are provided with ‘in depth’ learning which includes; high order questioning, differentiated activities that challenge children’s thinking and develop independent working, or encourage collaborative working within a group depending on the task. There is an emphasis in providing opportunities for the ‘More Able' children to be challenged in their thinking through:
  • discussion and debate
  • prediction
  • deduction and inference
  • justification
  • reflection
  • processing and analysis
  • reasoning and arguing
  • language richness and economy

 

  • Reading beyond the text is developed during guided reading sessions through higher order questioning and discussion. Children are also encouraged to raise questions and to ‘find out’ or research answers.
  • Extend learning through visits and annual residential trips (Years 3 to 6) to allow some children to develop skills in areas outside of the classroom and curriculum.
  • The opportunity for children to develop and use their leadership skills to liaise with other classes in the school.
  • Enrichment activities that gives high attaining pupils the opportunity to work together with other high attaining children on problem solving situations.