High Potential

Provision For High Potential Students

Wood Green Academy is committed to extending the gifts and talents of all students. Every student, including the most able, has a right to a challenging and appropriate education. In school we ensure that able and talented students have sufficient opportunities to use their abilities and that they are encouraged to excel.

Our curriculum is designed specifically to meet the needs of high potential students, in particular, through exposing them to a wide range of teaching and learning strategies and activities. In addition to this we offer subject challenges.

The enrichment curriculum also provides experiences and activities beyond the regular curriculum. This enrichment can take many forms, for example:
Summer schools

  • Special interest groups
  • Study skills seminars
  • Work experience opportunities
  • Musical, drama and sporting opportunities
  • Coaching and tuition for specific talents
  • Competitions
  • Residencies in school by artists
  • University days and visits
  • Clubs and societies

Art

  • Attend sessions after school, lunch times and independent study/free periods
  • Visit art galleries and workshops held in galleries and local universities (often free) to extend your knowledge and develop skills.
  • Keep an eye on the calendar of events for your local art galleries such as Birmingham, Walsall, Wolverhampton and West Bromwich (The Public).
  • Read books, articles about art and your favourite artists and art styles.
  • Subscribe to an Art magazine.

English

  • Read a wide range of different genres.
  • Read a wide range of non-fiction texts e.g. reviews, newspapers, magazines.
  • Keep up to date on what is happening in the world.
  • Complete all homework and ask for extension activities.
  • Whatever you are studying, do extra research around that topic or subject
  • Complete past papers by logging on to the AQA website.

French

  • Go on linguascope
  • Practise writing any phrases which you have studied in class from memory.
  • Try to include a range of tenses and opinions in your work.

Geography

  • Watch the news and keep up to date with geographical events worldwide and collect relevant newspaper articles.
  • Make a revision card/poster for each case study and learn specific facts and figures about the place/event.
  • Attend coursework catch up after school and revision classes before external exams.
  • Attend specialist revision classes for A/A*.
  • Visiting places with a geographical aspect/perspective.

History

  • Look at history websites such as Spartacus Educational and The National Archives
  • Read history books, available from library, such as The Diary of Anne Frank; The Machine Gunners; Goodnight Mr Tom; The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas.
  • Visit local historical sites such as Dudley Castle, The Black Country Living Museum, Blists Hill Museum and Warwick Castle.

ICT

  • Use a range of techniques and applications to solve problems.
  • Ensure that any communication responds to the audiences’ needs.
  • Write an evaluation that demonstrates how the solution has met criteria and meets the needs of the audience.
  • Make use of new and emerging technologies in order to communicate ideas and concepts (story telling, animation, game creating, film making).

Maths

  • Log on to My Maths and complete boosters.
  • Complete the booster packs on My Maths
  • Do Grade A* boosters and toughnut at NRICH Maths
  • Get involved in the Maths mentor programme
  • Complete past papers by logging on to the AQA website

Music

  • Attend extra-curricular activities
  • Practise instrument/vocals after school.
  • Join in musical activities such as instrumental lessons, school band and choir and school production

PE

  • Attend G&T specific reward trips – such as University trips.
  • Link with local sporting clubs and help out in the community
  • Complete a leadership and coaching qualification
  • Help out with enrichment activities after school and on Wednesdays

Health & Social Care/ Leisure & Tourism

  • Independently research the topic area you are studying – other than the internet or textbook.
  • Analyse and evaluate your findings.
  • Produce statistical and or graphical representation of your findings

Science

  • Apply scientific practical skills in different contexts.
  • Relate scientific ideas and concepts to everyday situations.
  • Read in-depth around a subject.
  • Improve your interest around the subject by visiting places like Think Tank in Birmingham and watching BBC 2 programmes such as ‘Science Britannia’ with Professor Brian Cox and Dara O’ Brian’s Science Club

Technology

  • Produce design ideas that are imaginative and innovative.
  • Produce detailed written and sketched details of how designs can be developed into working solutions.
  • Use technical vocabulary throughout your work.

RE

  • Read a newspaper/watch a news broadcast regularly.
  • Research topics using the internet e.g. euthanasia.
  • Practise past papers
  • Practise questioning skills – use Q Matrix to help.
  • Revise exam structure
  • Revise quotes and practise interpreting them.
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