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KS3 Able, Gifted and Talented Course

KS3 ABLE, GIFTED AND TALENTED COURSE – MISS MCFARLANE

 If your child has been identified as being an ‘Able, Gifted and Talented’ pupil, they will be invited to participate in a course led by  Miss McFarlane. Their identification is based on various factors such as: the levels your child has achieved in homework, the levels achieved in assessed work in lessons and feedback from their classroom teacher. All factors take into account the three strands of Reading, Writing and Speaking and Listening.

Your child has been chosen to participate in the ‘Able, Gifted and Talented’ English programme as we feel that the extra provision will strongly aid their progress in the subject. Your child is one of a small group of pupils from the year group that has been chosen, and so they are in a unique position. We are confident that the tasks set will be enjoyable and clearly aid development in all three strands of the curriculum.

Listed below is a copy of the Timetable Document; this includes information based on setting/ submission dates as well as an outline of the course. Pupils are expected to meet with Miss McFarlane during the lunch time of the setting date. Miss McFarlane will provide and discuss the task for the half term along with the Success Criteria. Pupils will then be expected to work independently to complete the tasks.

Completion of the tasks can be done either at home or in school. Laptops and equipment can be provided during lunch times or on a Monday evening (until 4pm) for pupils if needed. The expectations of each task will differ, depending on the strand and type of task set. On average the task should take between 2-3 hours to complete.

Year 7 Timetable

 

Year 7 Tasks

Meeting Dates

Fairy tales- modern day version
Structure
Description
Plot – Todorov Theory
Characters
Front cover
Blurb
(Writing/speaking and listening task)

  • Start: 17th October 2016
  • Submit: 14th November 2016

Poetry exploration- Robert Burns ‘ To a Mouse’
What is the poem about?
Wider issues
Message presented
(Writing task)

  • Start: 12th December 2016 
  • Submit: 16th January 2017

Debating topic – Argue/ Persuade
Violent video games?
Reality TV does more harm than good?
(Speaking and listening task)

  • Start: 13th February 2017 
  • Submit: 20th March 2017

Interview younger pupils and compose a magazine article on a topic of your choice.
Research features of a magazine article- creative display of findings.
Hard copy of interview questions and responses
Magazine article
Self evaluation
(Reading/writing task)

  • Start: 18th April 2017 
  • Submit: 16th May 2017

Poetry composition – involves research of poetic genre, composition and evaluation.
Research features of genre- creative display of findings.
Composition of own poem in specific genre
Self evaluation
(Writing task)

  • Start: 6th June  2017 
  • Submit: 4th July 2017

Year 8 Timetable 

 

Year 8 Tasks

Meeting Dates

Creative Writing Workshop
Varied genres
Descriptive language
Characters
Interesting structures – Todorov’s theory
(Writing/speaking and listening task)

  • Start: 17th October 2016
  • Submit: 21st November 2016

Poetry exploration- ‘Out of the Blue’
What is the poem about?
Wider issues
Message presented
Links to current topics in the media

  • Start: 19th  December 2016 
  • Submit: 23rd January 2017

Debating topic – Argue/ Persuade
Death Penalty- right or wrong?
Is it really a deterrent?
(Speaking and listening task)

  • Start: 13th February 2017
  • Submit: 20th March 2017

Interview younger pupils and compose a news report on a topic of your choice.
Research features of a news report- creative display of findings.
Hard copy of interview questions and responses
Transcript
Self-evaluation
(Speaking and listening /writing task)

  • Start: 18th April 2017 
  • Submit: 16th May 2017

Poetry composition – involves research of poetic genre, composition and evaluation.
Research features of genre- creative display of findings.
Composition of own poem in specific genre
Self-evaluation
(Writing task)

  • Start: 6th June  2017 
  • Submit: 4th July 2017

Year 9 Timetable 

Year 9 Tasks

Meeting Dates

19th Century Literature
Read and review a 19th century novel.
Over view of plot
Characters
Themes
Social and historical context / wider issues
Recommendations / Verdict
(Writing/ Reading task)

  • Start: 24h October2016 
  • Submit: 13th December  2016

Debating topic – Argue/ Persuade
Death Penalty- right or wrong?
Is it really a deterrent?
(Speaking and listening task)

  • Start: 17th January 2017 
  • Submit: 15th  February 2017

Poetry composition – involves research of poems that explore power, composition and evaluation.
Research features of genre- creative display of findings.
Composition of own poem in specific genre
Self-evaluation
(Writing/Reading task)

  • Start: 1st March 2017 
  • Submit: 25th April 2017

Creative Writing Workshop
Use an image as a stimulus for a creative piece of writing.
Descriptive language
Character and setting
Interesting structures – Todorov’s theory
(Writing task)

  • Start: 17th May 2017 
  • Submit: 8th June 2017

Interview younger pupils and compose a news report on a topic of your choice.
Research features of a news report- creative display of findings.
Hard copy of interview questions and responses
Transcript
Self-evaluation
(Speaking and listening /writing task)

  • Start: 20th June 
  • Submit: 18th July 2017

Able, Gifted and Talented pupils

The Able, Gifted and Talented pupils have successfully completed their first task. Well done- keep up the hard work!

Pupil names: Tristan, Sam, Rebecca, Luke, Megan, Abigail.

Gifted and Talented Pupils