Enrichment for the Able and Talented

At Reculver School, we aim to give all children the chance to reach their potential. Children who are particularly able at a subject sometimes require additional intervention: this is so they may gain mastery of their special gift or talent. In some cases we provide tailored activities so that able pupils get a flavour of how their skills may be applied in the real world. Some examples of these special provisions include:

 

The Reculver Times Newspaper

Able writers in Years 5 and 6 have been invited to contribute to the Reculver Times Newspaper, written by the children for the children. We meet termly to discuss the content of the next edition, assign tasks and to discuss and practice journalistic writing techniques. Children take responsibility for researching and editing their own work before submitting it for publication. They have recently focused on: the use of interesting questions to enhance quotes; alliteration when writing headlines; sub-headings and paragraphing and writing succinctly within a given word limit.

 

The Newspaper Gang Club

Children who write for the Reculver Times can meet with their fellow reporters on Friday lunchtimes to work on their articles. They can also read and discuss current affairs using a collection of up-to-date children’s news magazines. This has provided inspiration for several of our news articles in the Reculver Times and the children have the chance to compare their own work to that of professional writers.

 

Greater Depth Subject Days

Sometimes opportunities arise for our children to attend tailored workshops and activity days. The children get to apply their skills in new and challenging ways, as well as learning new techniques and strategies. As these events involve children from other schools, it is also good preparation for Secondary school and gives our pupils the chance to meet some of their future peers. We encourage pupils who attend these days to share their learning with their classes, therefore maximising the impact of the event.

 

Future Plans

In order to keep challenging and inspiring our most able and talented children (which, through the sharing of their gifts, will hopefully impact positively on all of our pupils) we are making lots of plans for the future. In particular, we would like to be able to hold special enrichment days. Watch this space for more information soon!

 

Latest Events

 

Brian Moses Able Writer’s Day

Marble Starter

Children are given a marble and make a list to describe it. After initial literal listings (eg blue, green) they have to use imagination and imagine anything at all – like looking into a crystal ball. The more interesting the better!

POETRY

I don’t like to boast but….

I own the cow…Jack gave me the beans

I discovered a new planet

I was the one who invented the Northern Lights

I planted the first oak tree

 

I still haven’t …..

(rhyming couplets – pairs of fantastical ideas that I haven’t done)

Fallen from the saddle of a horse

Been to Nandos and eaten Hot Fajita Sauce

Taken a rocket into space

Won a single simple race

Ridden on a humpback whale

Been as tiny as a snail etc….

I still haven’t met the Queen in her nightie

I still haven’t squeezed into jeans that are tightie

I still haven’t found a magic bean

I still haven’t danced with the dead

Or walked on fire without burning my head

I still haven’t found some treasure

I still haven’t drawn a line I can’t measure

I still haven’t been to New York in fall

I still haven’t

 

List poem

You can turn a list into a poem eg I still haven’t blah blah blah and add an end line which makes the reader smile, laugh, think eg But I have……(taught my dog Japanese)

 

Q&A

  • Where do you get your ideas? I was in a staff-room and I realised everyone in there was talking about what they wear in bed so I wrote a poem called: What Teachers Wear in Bed
  • Likes Phillip Pullman, Michael Morpurgo – if it’s good writing it inspires me.
  • First book I wrote was with Pie Corbit who I used to work with (at the same school) It was a book of poetry
  • Enid Blyton hooked me onto books when I was younger

 

You make me feel like (insults or compliments poem!)

Rhyming couplets – partner one writes first insult then partner two responds with their own insult)

You make me feel like a broken tyre

Well you make me feel like

You make me feel like an angry red spot..

You make me feel like a rusty old bike

You make me feel like a dog that no one will like

 

You make me feel like a sunny day

 

 

 

 

 

 

Questions Poem

Why does the moon come out at night?

Why was the Earth created?

Stars-where do you go in the daytime?

 

When I met…

Choose an animal and a characteristic

What happened when you met them?

 

When I met the Phoenix of the hearth

It failed to set my dreams on fire

Parrot of Peculiarity

Butterfly of Beauty

Whale of Wonder

Phoenix of Fear

Phoenix of Peace

We solved all the world’s problems

When I met the Demon of Disaster

I saw the danger glinting in his eyes

 

Love Poem!

You make me feel like a ballerina dancing across the stage

Compliments – Your ears/hair/eyes/cheeks are like….

Withoutyou I’d be ……

Together we can….

You move like/sound like/smell like/…..

 

Humorous twist – from one alien to another

What does the alien recipient look like? Imagine it as being different to you.

 

In all these lives …

Write a 6 line poem with the rhyme in the middle (cross rhymes)

In all these lives….

I’ve been a foot solider in the army of Bonaparte

I’ve been Romeo having lost his heart to Juliet

I’ve been a bare knuckle boxer

Looking for a fight

I’ve been the conqueror on the

night before Hastings

I’ve travelled with Scott, Columbus and Marco Polo

I’ve sailed solo into the eye of a cosmic

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Children’s work (1)

I was with the minotaur when he died in the maze

I have spent days running the marathon to Athens

I saw king Harold Live and Die

I saw Romeo cry for his Juliet

I watched the Roman Empire rise and fall,

I saw the wall that Hadrian built

But I still haven’t done my homework.

 

Children’s work (2)

I saw Rommel’s tank rumble into the African sands

I saw them land on the Normandy coast

I saw the invasion of Belgium, not the Maginot Line,

Isaw Hitelr dine with his generals in the bunker

I saw the Me 252 roll out of the airfield

I saw Nagasaki in the atomic explosion

 

 

When I grow up…

(Make a list of weird jobs)

 

An ant wrestler

A unicorn horn polisher

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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