Academically More Able, Gifted and Talented
When children enter Hatfield Academy they have varied interests and skills. Some children excel in particular areas, learn faster than others or have high potential. That is what makes your child unique and special. At Hatfield Academy we are all committed to providing learning experiences of the highest quality to make sure that your child learns with enjoyment and challenge.
What ‘gifted and talented’ means
Academically More Able refers to pupils who are achieving or who have the potential to achieve in advance of their peers in one or more academic subject for example Maths, English, Science, or Computing.
Talented refers to pupils who are achieving or who have the potential to achieve in advance of their peers in a practical area such as music, sport or art.
Identifying gifted and talented children
Gifted and talented children often show signs of advanced development from an early age. Gifted and talented characteristics can include a wide vocabulary, a powerful memory, intense curiosity and concentration, a wide general knowledge, a vivid imagination and strong feelings and emotions. As a parent you can support your child in a variety of ways, such as taking them to museums and galleries, actively encouraging their hobbies, reading to them and developing their curiosity through questioning them.
We are always keen to develop our recognition of, and provision for the more able, gifted and talented children in academic, leadership, organisational, physical, social, artistic and musical skills. At the start of each school year we review and update our Academically More Able, Gifted and Talented (AMAGT) register.
We use a range of information to do this including;
• Half Termly testing in all year groups
• Teacher assessments based on classroom observation, discussions with pupils and work;
• Parent and pupil consultation
• Information provided by external agencies e.g. Clubs etc.
• Work scrutiny
• Classroom observations
For further information please read our Academically More Able, Gifted and talented policy, which you can find below.
Please be aware that children may move on and off the school’s Academically More Able Gifted and Talented register over time as they develop at different rates to their peers.
Below are some websites for More Able and Gifted and Talented Pupils and their parents:
♦ Click here to have a go at this mathematical quest through an old house aimed at more able pupils.
♦ Click here to look at the Nrich maths site, which gives learners opportunities to work together, discuss ideas, develop conjectures of their own, and suggest new lines of enquiry.
Here are some more useful websites for you to try.
www.murderousmaths.co.uk – A popular maths site for children.
www.sport.maths.org – Resources and ideas for KS1 and KS2 children based on the Olympics and Paralympics.
www.p4c.com – Philosophy for Children.
www.howstuffworks.com – For children interested in science.
www.aquila.co.uk – Magazine for 8-12 year olds who enjoy challenges.
Here are some lists of books for avid readers
Support for Parents