More Able Provision
More Able Ethos
The More Able Child
At St Polycarp’s we identify children who have outstanding abilities in academic subjects, sport, music and the creative arts.
Opportunities are given to the children to develop their specific skills and talents right across the curriculum within school. Challenge is provided for More- Able children by the teachers within their daily lessons.
A member of staff is given special responsibility for the more able and looks for opportunities offered to schools to develop skills and talents.
We take children to participate in More Able Workshops in English, Science, DT and Maths at several local secondary schools both state and private. In Y5, More Able children are selected for Saturday sessions at the Royal Grammar School in Guildford for Maths, Science, DT, Drama and Languages. Our younger, more- able children are invited to More- Able Writers’ Days with well- known authors and More Able maths days.
Annually we enter several maths competitions including the Young Mathematician of the Year competition and regularly get through to the regional finals, having also got to the finals at Cambridge University in the recent past.
We compete in the Catenian, Public Speaking Cup annually and our children have been very successful at this event, having specific coaching in school beforehand.
St. Polycarp’s enter a host of arts competitions throughout the year and are given many chances to perform musically both internally and externally. We recently came 3rd in the County Dance competition.
We enter sports competitions run by Active Surrey, National Sports Bodies, the Premier League and those put on for the more able at local secondary schools both state and private. We have been very successful at District and County Level and have got through to National Competitions several times recently. We put our children forward for specialist sports elite teams outside and have had many of our talented children get through to these squads.
Our very broad clubs programme has been developed to enhance the children’s opportunities and talents. Through our clubs, children have competed in external music, sport and chess competitions and been involved in external theatre productions.
We write references for ‘More Able’ and talented children if there are scholarship opportunities open to them.
If a child has an outstanding strength, talent or achievement that you would like to share, you can e- mail the office for the attention of Mrs Trafford. You can attach copies of certificates or photographs.
We like to celebrate achievements in our Collective Worships and have a display board where we can share outstanding achievements.
Likewise, if we feel a child has a particular strength that could be pursued further, we let parents know.
Note: 2020/21 Restrictions have been placed on clubs and many of the external opportunities due to Covid19.
More Able Provision Policy
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More Able Challenge Curriculum
Providing Challenge whilst teaching the More Able
More Able curriculum provision:
‘Quality first teaching’ and ‘planning for challenge’ throughout ensures all children are challenged across the curriculum. Provision in the classroom includes:
- Planning driven by mastery strategies and Blooms driver words, for example White Rose maths and tasks designed to promote thinking/verbal reasoning,
- Explicit instruction strategies such as using Socratic questioning to deepen discussion,
- Use of metacognition to encourage learners to reflect on their learning journey and take accountability for furthering their own progress,
- Choice of challenge and encouragement to choose the more challenging option, which require deeper thinking, verbal reasoning and skills driven learning,
- Resources which enable learners to scaffold and take control of their learning, developing independence,
- Choice of presentation across the curriculum,
- A balance of teacher/TA support designed to stretch and challenge higher attaining children,
- Continual assessment for learning, ensuring teaching is responsive to need in the classroom.
More Able Termly Enrichment Provision
In this section we will have Autumn ,Spring & Summer with More Able Clubs, Enrichment Opportunities at other schools, festivals, public speaking, music, art, sport for the talented courses etc.-
Sadly, due to Covid19 Lockdown 2021 much of the provision planned has had to be suspended.
STEM DAY 11th February 2021
Year 4 Invitation Challenge Club
Time: Wednesday mornings 8am
Dates: Wednesday 19th May to Wednesday 14th July
Teacher: Mrs Trafford
Aim: To stretch the children by giving them open ended mental stimulation activities.
Some activities will be thinking skills based, some creative, some strategic and some mathematical.
N.B. Specific More Able and Talented clubs, additional enrichment opportunities, competitions and off site challenge days will resume when is safe to do so.
N A C E
An independent charity founded almost 40 years ago, the National Association for Able Children in Education (NACE) works with member schools, education leaders and practitioners to improve provision for more able learners, driving whole-school improvement and raising achievement for all.