Welcome to the Gifted and Talented area of the Castle View website. Here, you will find information on Gifted and Talented events as well as useful links and documents to help assist Gifted and Talented students.
What do we mean by ‘Gifted and Talented’ students?
The DCSF defines the group supported by the National Programme for gifted and talented education as: “Children and young people with one or more abilities developed to a level significantly ahead of their year group (or with the potential to develop those abilities).”
All institutions are free to determine the size of their G&T cohort. At Castle View we aim to identify approximately the top 10% of our learners, these pupils are identified through a combination of teacher assessments and data. Within the school, there is a role of a Gifted & Talented Co-ordinator who’s job is to liaise with your child’s teachers to ensure he/she is stretched and challenged appropriately whilst in class; staff undertake continuous training in the provision for Gifted and Talented children, to ensure students’ skills grow and blossom, both in and out of the classroom environment.
Able & Ambitious Programme
At Castle View we believe that every child should have the opportunity to excel in their school life and be challenged. We have a successful inititive at school named the “Able & Ambitious” programme.
This is a voluntary programme that all pupils have the opportunity to join and take part in a variety of enrichment activities. These are to enable your child to encounter new challenges and different experiences, which we hope they will enjoy and learn from, throughout their time at Castle View School. Example of events are below:
• Reading challenges
• Problem Solving Days
• Team Building Days
• University Trips
• Speaker visits
• Extended learning projects
• Extra-curricular clubs – P.E, Art, Literacy etc.
As a parent/ carer of an ‘able and ambitious’ child, there is much you can do to help them on the way to great future success: begin by talking to them about their gift/ talent and help them to consider possible careers that would use their skills. You can also support him/ her by building their enthusiasm around their gift or talent, perhaps finding books they could read to learn more or taking them to museums and exhibitions where they can stretch their knowledge.
The websites which are located on the right of the page are links to websites which offer parental support and ideas that may be useful.
At Castleview, we believe in extending the experiences of our most able students in order for them to meet their full potential. Some of the activities that have taken place so far:
Mathematics organised a trip to Lingfield racecourse so that students can understand and see the importance of Maths used in the profession of horse racing.
In Science, the year 10 MA students went to SEC for a science and animal science taster day where they performed an ecological monitoring survey of rodents in the local area by analysing owl pellets for skulls and bones of mice and voles.
For the year 11 MA there is a well lunchtime club which focusses on solving higher level physics and chemistry equations.
Some of the MA students were also taken to a PIXL conference which was based on Getting into Top universities, How to plan for university, What to expect from university when you get there, and raising aspirations to apply in the first place.
In English, a trip to The Globe and British Library was organised for our MA students Year 9 to develop Shakespeare knowledge and Creative writing skills through workshops.
They will be launching a Foundation Project Qualification (FPQ) for MA students in year 9 and 10. Students will be required to complete the Level 1 by the summer and if successful will go on to the Level 2 in September. It will be based around creative writing in the first instance.
MA students from both years 9 and 10 have been encouraged to enter the BBC Young Writer’scompetition. They have been redrafting their stories and are close to completion.
MA students from all years are also encouraged to enter the Young Writer’s competition (different from the BBC one above) with many of them being selected and published in the final anthology. There have now been students published in 2 different anthologies from this competition.
MA years 7, 8 and 9 have had creative writing workshops with visiting author Debz Hobbs Wyatt.
MA years 10 and 11 have been working in small groups with the English mentors to develop their writing style and critical analysis of Literature.
There is a trip to see Peter Pan at Regents Park Open Air Theatre for all MA year 9 and 10. They will need to complete a series of activities to ‘win’ their place.
Castleview also monitors the teaching and learning of our MA students by carrying our daily learning walks.