Here at Bishop Milner Catholic College we are always striving to achieve the very best for all of our students. Our motto of ‘Developing our God given talents‘ is paramount to everything we do within our College on a day to day basis and through our challenging curriculum, we seek to stretch and challenge all of our pupils, including our more able.
Identifying Most Able Students
In our school policy “most able children” are those who possess a high level of academic ability across a wide range of subjects; demonstrating ability, understanding and potential to operate at a level above the average. For Year 8 – 11, any pupil who has achieved a level 5 in either Mathematics or English is identified as more able.
Due to changing assessment at Key Stage 2, Year 7 more able pupils are identified slightly differently: any pupil who has achieved a standardised score of 110 or over in either Maths or GPS is automatically identified as more able. This identification process in Year 7 ensures that every student has the opportunity to flourish from the start of the Autumn Term.
We record and distribute identification lists to staff in order to further provide for the needs of the more able students. These lists are reviewed annually and as we are always looking to stretch and challenge our students and develop their talents.
Most Able Provision
The school will support our more able students in two main ways: in day-to-day teaching within the classroom and in activities outside it.
In lessons, teachers will ensure each child is sufficiently stretched and challenged by providing differentiated and varied teaching strategies. These activities will be distinctive and not simply ‘more of the same’. For example, a research project might be set on a particular topic. Teachers will also ensure that they provide open ended lines of enquiry based on higher order thinking skills.
At other times, students may be grouped together with other more able learners and given the opportunity for investigation, problem solving and exploration. Students are also placed into Rome 1 or Lourdes 1 in Year 7 based on ability. The intention is not to increase our student’s workload or to ‘pile on the pressure’, but to challenge and stimulate.
Outside normal lessons, several Curriculum Areas organise or facilitate extra-curricular activities for more able learners, for example the ‘Maths Challenge’, trips to University Taster Days and the opportunity to engage in master class workshops run in school.
Helping Most Able Students
There are also many practical steps that you can take to support and nurture your child, for example by encouraging him/her to:
- Utilise the local library and the internet as learning and research resources
- Visit museums, science centres, nature reserves and art galleries
- Watch educational and current affairs programmes such as the news, wildlife/nature programmes and documentaries, and discuss them
- Read a quality national newspaper
- Discuss and debate topics, such as politics, the environment and the media
- Discuss homework and schoolwork
- Participate in extra-curricular activities both in and out of College
- Take an active part in family decision-making
- Read for pleasure, including demanding/challenging books
- Socialise and relax in between work and learn to ‘switch off’.
Most Able Resources
- Suggested reading lists: KS3 | KS4 | KS5
Food and Nutrition
- www.1jour1actu.com – news for teens
- www.zut.org – practice all topics in French, with different skills
- www.newsinslowfrench.com – news in slow French for listening / reading practice
- www.ordnancesurvey.co.uk – Mapping
- www.geograph.org.uk – Photo sharing linked to UK and Ireland map references
- www.geographyalltheway.com – Good geography resources website
- www.geography-map-games.com – Good test yourself games
- www.geographypages.co.uk – General geography ideas
- www.geography.learnontheinternet.co.uk – Including revision
- volcano.oregonstate.edu – Volcano World
- www.rgs.org – Royal Geographical Society
- www.geography.org.uk – Geographical Association
- www.kidsgeo.com – aimed at Key Stage 3 students
- www.s-cool.co.uk/alevel/geography.html – aimed at GCSE and ‘A’ Level
- www.geography.btinternet.co.uk – Another school website – Kay’s Geography Pages
- www.georesources.co.uk/indexalevel.htm – Revision aimed at ‘A’ Level students
- www.juicygeography.co.uk – Geography resources
- www.gatm.org.uk – Geography at the Movies – Very popular for learning ideas