In History lessons all work is differentiated appropriately as ‘Standard’, ‘Higher’ and ‘Advanced’. ‘Advanced’ work is specially targeted at gifted students, encouraging them to access a higher level of understanding, exploring the work in more breadth and depth. Gifted students are prompted to come up with their own theories and questions, based on the sources being examined. Students are encouraged and supported to carry out independent research around the topic studies. Gifted students are regularly asked to plan, prepare and deliver parts of the lessons. Inspired by this approach to independent learning, a group of Year 10 history students have volunteered to set up a lunchtime club, managing and producing their own resources.
Gifted students are given specific wider reading material, designed to challenge and develop their understanding, and allowing them to explore the subject in more depth beyond the classroom.
At all stages gifted students are encouraged to excel at the highest attainment levels possible: at Key Stage 3 students will be pushed to achieve Level 8s, at Key Stage, A / A* standard.
A number of extra-curricular opportunities are provided in the History department to enhance the learning of gifted students outside of the classroom. Year 9 trips to the National Archives and the British Library have given students opportunity to analyse evidence at a higher level and develop critical thinking. A Year 11 trip to the National Archives stimulated A-level type discussion and enquiry.
Park High School, Thistlecroft Gardens, Stanmore, Middlesex HA7 1PL
Mr Emlyn Lumley
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