At Meadow Vale we recognise that children have special abilities and talents both in and outside of school. Our whole school ethos of ‘Making the difference ..... together’ is at the heart of all we do and permeates every area of school life. Effective primary practice for our more able pupils is successfully embedded into our daily routine in order to stretch and challenge. The term ‘More Able’ encompasses children who show a particular skill or aptitude in one or more curriculum subjects and are attaining above their ‘Age Related Expectations’. This means they are doing better than the National Curriculum dictates for their age category. In every school there will be a group of children who require a greater breadth and depth of learning activities than is normally provided for the usual cohort of learners. Within class, teachers provide exciting learning and extension activities challenging children to show mastery over their learning by applying their skills - often in a cross-curricular way.
We also have a range of enrichment and extra-curricular provisions in place to meet the needs of our able pupils and to give the children opportunities to use their skills in areas beyond the core curriculum. These activities are designed to challenge and inspire students and to encourage high aspirations. Activities may include: debate club, visiting speakers, chess club, additional Maths and English groups, county gymnastics, sports coaching from specialist teachers, music tuition and workshops provided by a local secondary school.
In addition, pupils are entered into local and national competitions aimed specifically at able students such as the Primary Maths Challenge, National Young Mathematicians Challenge, National Young Writers Competition and Royal Mail Letter Writing Competition.
A copy of our More Able Pupil Policy Statement can be found below.