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King's Hedges Educational Federation

Excellence, achieved through care, creativity and challenge.

Northfield Avenue, Cambridge, Cambridgeshire CB4 2HU

01223 518330

office@kingshedges.cambs.sch.uk

Gifted and Talented

King’s Hedges Educational Federal believes that:

• all students are entitled to be stretched and challenged
• the most effective gifted and talented provision is through good teaching and learning within the classroom
• by planning for the most able, overall standards are raised

Schools are required to identify approximately 10% of their pupils as ‘gifted’ learners and to ensure that they are broadly representative in terms of age, gender and ethnicity. As a result of this requirement, we identify the top attaining 10% of each year group in English and Maths and track the progress of these most able pupils as a separate group.

'Talented' learners are those who have particular abilities in sport, music, design or creative and performing arts.

Gifted and/or talented children may display some of the following characteristics:

• is intently focused
• asks insightful questions
• sees beyond the obvious
• provides creative and original solutions
• has a great intellectual curiosity
• learns easily and readily
• possesses unusual imagination

This list is not extensive nor does it mean a child is necessarily gifted if he/she displays some/all of these qualities.

Gifted and talented students are supported in the classroom in various ways, such as:

• being encouraged to practise self-evaluation and reflection on their work
• challenging tasks which demand higher order cognitive and intellectual skills
• more complex and open-ended tasks and flexible learning strategies
• receiving detailed feedback
• receiving targets that encourage progression and improvement
• extension and enrichment activities

The progress and attainment of those pupils identified as ‘gifted’ is analysed separately. Planning is checked on a termly basis to ensure that class teachers are stretching the most able pupils in the class room.

 

Useful Links and Resources

http://www.sportsonline.co.uk/ 

http://kids.nationalgeographic.com/kids/ 

http://nrich.maths.org/frontpage 

http://www.funbrain.com/

https://www.aquila.co.uk/ 

Please click here to view an example of some excellent writing.

Math Challenge

30 ace mathematicians from Key Stage 2 took part in a fast-paced maths challenge, kindly organised by the staff and sixth-formers from the Perse Independent School, Cambridge. Children worked in relay teams, having to apply their quick-thinking number skills to a range of maths problems. Overall, this was a fabulous afternoon and we thank the Perse for organising this fabulous challenge.