Gifted and Talented Pupils
St James’ CE Primary School believes in the importance of appropriate educational provision for pupils of all abilities, including the most able. We plan our teaching and learning to provide the opportunity for each child to reach the highest level of personal achievement. One of our teachers, Mrs Avery, has particular responsibility as leader for gifted and talented pupils, monitoring this provision, advising colleagues and co-ordinating enrichment activities targeted to the needs of this group.
Class teachers cater for children’s needs and abilities through carefully planned and differentiated tasks and opportunities where children can develop higher order skills and take leadership roles within ongoing class activities and a suitably challenging curriculum. Carefully chosen classroom resources and targeted extracurricular activities also support the development of this group of pupils. The School keeps a register of the areas in which children demonstrate particular gifts and talents, whether they be in Literacy, Mathematics, Science or the Humanities, Music or the creative arts, Art, Design or Technology, Physical Education or competitive sport.
Alongside other local primary schools we work together to provide enrichment opportunities for these more able children, sometimes with secondary school involvement as well. Recent events have included debating competitions at the magistrate’s court, maths challenges at Cheltenham College and the wildlife quiz competition. We have also arranged sessions with local artists and musicians and taken able artists and musicians to specialist art and music days at Cheltenham College. There are inter-school sports competitions, sometimes leading to performing in county finals and opportunities for children to join local orchestras and music groups and perform with other local schools at public venues such as the Town Hall and Imjin Barracks. A talented pupil also won Cheltenham School’s MasterChef this year!