We have very high expectations of all children at Thomas A Becket. All our children’s learning achievements are recognised and celebrated and we ensure that each child achieves the best they can. We recognise that pupils often have a love for a subject and this desire to immerse themselves within it is also harnessed, encouraged and celebrated.
Those children who are expected to achieve extremely well in a number of subjects are known as ‘Higher Attaining learners’. They will show curiosity, autonomy and the determination to take their learning forward in their own direction. Children may also demonstrate talents in a specific area including social/leadership and higher order thinking skills, or have a love for a subject they wish to engage in more fully.
Higher attaining learners are those pupils who are currently on track to be working at greater depth within the expected standard in either reading, writing or maths; we recognise that children may have an aptitude in other areas of the curriculum including sporting, musical or art achievements.
Children are provided with ‘in depth’ learning which includes; high order questioning, differentiated activities that challenge children’s thinking and develop independent working, or encourage collaborative working within a group depending on the task. There is an emphasis in providing opportunities for the ‘higher attaining children to be challenged in their thinking through:
Other provision can take place outside of the classroom e.g. via groups within and after school time as well as through the provision Worthing schools offer as part of the Worthing schools’ collaboration.
Different subject areas will run special events throughout the year for groups of learners. This could be in the form of trips, master classes, problem- solving activities, and additional subject clubs.