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02/07/22

Retweeted From SJL Ecoschools

Flowers, flowers, flowers 💐 🌺 🌸 https://t.co/nXrHuOwRJs

02/07/22

Congratulations - we’re very proud of you all! https://t.co/geYdkcPKKh

02/07/22

Retweeted From Chartered College of Teaching

Congratulations to all of the teachers and leaders gaining Chartered Status today. A fantastic achievement! https://t.co/Qc4rYzO7cu

02/07/22

Retweeted From Chartered College of Teaching

A huge congratulations to each and every one of our Chartered Status graduates today! 🎓 🎉 Find out more about becoming Chartered, and the path that's right for you: https://t.co/Ay6h9dH3Mw https://t.co/BcqCIasTmX

02/07/22

Congratulations and have a wonderful day all! https://t.co/qmKtoApmwt

01/07/22

Retweeted From SJL PE Faculty

Yr 7 Cricket team are through to the District Cup Final. After posting 176-4 they bowled KWS out for 101 from 19.4 overs. The final takes place on Wednesday 🏏 https://t.co/ykPh0JJLzP

01/07/22

Retweeted From SJL Library

The judging is over and the winners of Mrs Dholakia’s “Create Your Form Tutor” competition are … 7H, 9A and 10R! Ms Robins and Mr Newbery were very impressed with all the entries. Prizes coming soon! https://t.co/538EJ3ysxA

01/07/22

Retweeted From SJL Geography

Year 12 Geographers are investigating river processes at Batford Springs today. https://t.co/c8akOCBhSO

01/07/22

Year 9 engaging with a powerful performance of Chelsea’s Story this morning as part of their Life Skills education. An important part of our work to deliver the C for Care in our ACE https://t.co/ge3FUIxO8n

01/07/22

This week's newsletter is out today... https://t.co/Qh6Dn31xJk https://t.co/zOPGNR5H8B

30/06/22

Retweeted From SJL Library

Our display is up! What will you read this summer? 🌻📚 https://t.co/T6iGcQXdbG

30/06/22

Retweeted From SJL Ecoschools

We learnt about garlic scapes today and how we can eat the flowering stem. Then we got busy watering, weeding as well as transplanting herb seedlings for food technology to use in September. https://t.co/0RAwQPPJJh

30/06/22

Retweeted From SJL PE Faculty

Yr7 Cricket District Cup semi final v tomorrow Friday 1st July 2pm start.

30/06/22

Lost property: lost property is currently on display in the school canteen. Any lost property unclaimed before end of term will be donated/disposed of. Please ensure student property is *named* so it can be returned to its rightful owner. https://t.co/8VqItAEbwK

30/06/22

Retweeted From Sir John Lawes DofE

The 2022 SJL Bronze Award launch presentation and enrolment form can now be found on the school website https://t.co/ZUexxrssUP https://t.co/tHq4zaka45

30/06/22

Lilac Class producing some spectacular prints in their art lesson this morning. The children once again so well behaved and thoroughly enjoying their sessions. https://t.co/b5D3EPMboS

30/06/22

Great to be working with yr3 students in Technology again this week. Mr James demonstrating the 3D Printers. https://t.co/NTIN6ZDHRp

30/06/22

Retweeted From Sir John Lawes DofE

It was a lovely to see so many people tonight at the launch! EduLink email with the presentation & application form to be sent out ASAP. Please bring completed forms to reception. https://t.co/cmi6DCX8Vm

29/06/22

It was great to see so many Yr9 students and parents at the DofE launch evening tonight. Personal Development is a key part of the SJL ACE. https://t.co/eycCz487QS

29/06/22

Retweeted From SJL Geography

They really enjoyed establishing where the best place on the school site would be to put a new bench, based on the microclimate and the environmental quality of each site. Looking forward to seeing their results next week! https://t.co/aLnqKdOjPi

29/06/22

Retweeted From SJL PE Faculty

Yr8 cricket team lost an exciting game against St George’s in the district cup. We have the makings of a really good team who will challenge for a trophy next year.

29/06/22

Retweeted From SJL PE Faculty

Yr7 cricket team reach district semi final by beating Sandringham in a close game. Capt Benji leading the way with his first 50 for SJL ending not out 60. KWS await on Friday in what should be an exciting game. https://t.co/fOdmQiUls2

29/06/22

Yr 7 taking part in a Microclimate Investigation as part of their Yr7 Geography lessons https://t.co/TuEYsrZizO

28/06/22

Delighted to welcome parents to our Year 6 Induction evening. Mr Newbery and the pastoral team address them from the stage about the ACE and the many opportunities open to our new students! https://t.co/vtJX4ZOhDt

28/06/22

We have thoroughly enjoyed having join us to take part in lessons with . We cannot wait to welcome you back. https://t.co/xgtiYVKoqQ

28/06/22

Retweeted From SJL Library

Students in Years 7, 8 and 9 have been hard at work this lunchtime, examining evidence and attempting to solve our 'One of SJL is Lying' murder mystery. It's inspired by our most popular book this year - One of Us is Lying by 🕵️🔎 https://t.co/um1ojNLYDO

28/06/22

Retweeted From Sir John Lawes DofE

We are extremely pleased to tell you that SJL are launching the Duke of Edinburgh's Bronze Award to students in Year 9 for completion in Year 10. Come along to our Parents' Information evening Wednesday 29 June, 6pm to find out more https://t.co/ZVMRhpsU9u https://t.co/k1iFg6FBAU

28/06/22

Retweeted From Send My Friend

Our Parliamentary Action Day last week was very successful and empowering to our incredible Campaign Champions. Thank you for your time, the in-depth discussion and the support you continue to show. https://t.co/23YqUbNm7E

28/06/22

Year 6 parents an email is coming out this afternoon, via Operoo, containing important information for tonight’s Parents’ Induction Evening and also including Form Group allocations for September. Please check spam folders. https://t.co/MvK1pLnVNN

28/06/22

Retweeted From Liz Twist MP

It was inspiring to meet with Campaigners last week in Parliament. They are campaigning to support the worlds teachers and ensure everyone around the world has access to education. https://t.co/15O50H7OeK

28/06/22

Retweeted From SJL Library

It's that time of year again - Wimbledon fortnight! Here are some of our book titles to get into the spirit of the Championships. https://t.co/CZnADUy9Cf

28/06/22

We look forward to welcoming Year 6 parent/carers this evening at 7pm to our Induction Evening. Reminder students are not expected to attend. https://t.co/c3GAVsiRlL

27/06/22

Retweeted From SJL PE Faculty

Yr7 & Yr8 cricket tomorrow. Games are ON. Yr7 home v Sandringham 2pm. Yr8 away v St George’s 2pm start.

27/06/22

Retweeted From Services for Young People

Best of luck to the Students out on work experience this week, we hope you have a really interesting week! https://t.co/1lBlGFw3zu

27/06/22

Thought for the Week: the power of our words. Be careful what you say. You can say something hurtful in ten seconds, but ten years later, the wounds are still there." Joel Osteen https://t.co/SLS1K8X5Rr

25/06/22

Retweeted From James Marshall Foundation CIO

Thanks to all who came to our 300th Anniversary Concert . Delighted that and joined us. Big thanks to pupils from local schools for your amazing performances! https://t.co/KTNXUGdltQ

24/06/22

Retweeted From SJL Ecoschools

The big houseplant takeover continued this week with Year 9 students learning how to divide, take cuttings and repot plants. We had expert help from our houseplant champion, Josie Lloyd, also in Year 9. https://t.co/hxU5Vd5Bq2

24/06/22

Term date reminder: school will be closed to students Monday 27 June 2022 https://t.co/n4Mizj1wdM https://t.co/dUn2WxJP03

24/06/22

This week's newsletter is out today... https://t.co/Qh6Dn3j8AS https://t.co/MpWk9bDLx8

23/06/22

Retweeted From Sir John Lawes Music

Congratulations to SJL yr7&8 choir and all involved in the James Marshall Foundation 300th Anniversary celebration concert! https://t.co/BcSmYWXY23

More Able and Gifted & Talented Students

At Sir John Lawes School we believe that all children are entitled to an education that will enable them to develop their full potential, be that intellectual, physical, aesthetic, creative, emotional, spiritual or social, finding appropriate challenge in our learning environment.

All students have individual needs, making personalised learning a priority in our teaching and learning.

Sir John Lawes School is committed to providing a sufficiently challenging curriculum for all its students. In addition, we will provide opportunities to identify those who are more able and nurture their individual abilities.

All students have an entitlement to the following:

  • Staff commitment and training to develop students’ full potential at all times.
  • Lessons that stimulate, engage, challenge, inform, excite and encourage through partnership and dialogue with teachers and other students and active participation in the lesson.
  • Courses that lead to examinations and accreditation.
  • Skilled, well-prepared and informed teachers who have a perspective and understanding of whole school needs, problems and policies, especially those concerning issues related to those students identified as more able.
  • An entitlement beyond subject teaching, including preparation for adult life and preparation for the world of work. This should include extra-curricular activity, personal and social education, careers guidance and counselling, extramural experiences including visits to local industry, work experience and community service.

Contact with parents

There are a number of formal and informal ways that we maintain contact with parents.  These include:

  • An initial letter is sent home following the inclusion of a student as MASt and/or Gifted and/or Talented in the MASt and Gifted and Talented Register
  • An Open Evening is held during each Summer term showcasing the work done during the year.  Parents have the opportunity to discuss MASt and Gifted and Talented provision with representatives of each Faculty, discuss student concerns with Head of MASt and Gifted & Talented, Mrs. Brining, and have any questions answered
  • Mailings are sent home to inform parents of any new events, master classes or courses being offered
  • These dedicated pages of the school website hold information on the different aspects of the MASt and Gifted and Talented programme
  • Items in the SJL Newsletters celebrate the achievements of our MASt and Gifted and Talented cohort and keeps parents informed of forthcoming events
  • Parents are periodically asked for feedback.
Faculty Name
Art Alina Pullinger
Business and Computing Ailish Dunne
Computing Sophie Scott
Design and Technology Nosheen Yunis
Drama Rachel Woolrych
English Emma Brining
Geography Claire Pellet
History Jessica Bigden
Library Chloe James
Life Skills Manny Fernandez
LINK Maria Santos Richmond
Maths Audrey Aspland
Media Emma Smythe
MFL Caroline Michel Sam King
Music Lizzie Hastings-Clarke
PE Andy Battersby
Psychology and Sociology Amy Speechley
RS Maria Santos Richmond
Science Greg Brennan

 

Identification and monitoring

What do we look for?

  • Intellectual ability or talent
  • Specific academic aptitude
  • Creative and productive thinking
  • Leadership ability
  • Talent for visual and performing arts
  • Psychomotor ability.

More Able Students Register

Year 7 students sit Cognitive Ability Tests (CATs) in their first term. Those achieving an average CATS stanine of 8 or more are identified as More Able Students.

They are added to the More Able Students (MASt) and Gifted and Talented Register and parents are informed by letter. These students will always be identified as MASt until the end of Year 11. In Sixth Form, More Able Students are identified as the top 10% in their year group using their GCSE Average Points Score.

The Cognitive Abilities Test (CAT4) is the most widely used test of reasoning ability in the UK and has been fully standardized on 25,000 UK pupils. The suite of tests has been developed to support schools in understanding pupils’ developed abilities and likely academic potential. Results from CAT4 can help in intervention, monitoring progress and setting targets for future attainment.

Aimed at pupils between 6 to 17+ years, CAT4 assesses a pupil’s ability to reason with and manipulate different types of material through a series of Verbal, Non-Verbal, Quantitative and Spatial Ability tasks. Together, these four tests provide teachers with a comprehensive profile of a pupil’s reasoning abilities, and as such the core abilities related to learning.

The resulting data can then be used to identify a pupil’s strengths, weaknesses and learning preferences, providing accurate and reliable information that is essential for personalized learning. The more we know about a pupil, the better position we should be in to offer a learning environment and ways of teaching and learning that allow pupils to maximize their potential. Information about a pupil’s reasoning ability will be key to many teaching decisions and is considered alongside attainment data and other factors known to impact on learning, such as attendance and attitude.

Why does SJL use CAT4?

  • Helps pinpoint gifted and talented pupils and underachievers
  • Supports schools in monitoring progress and setting targets for future attainment
  • Identifies spatial thinkers who are likely to excel in STEM subjects (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths)
  • Provides indicators of outcomes at KS3, KS4, and KS5
  • Reports support communication with parents, pupils, teachers and senior leaders. 

Gifted and Talented Students

Gifted Subjects

Business Studies, Computing, Economics, English, Financial Studies, History, Geography, Latin, Mathematics, Modern Foreign Languages, Psychology, Religious Studies, Science and Sociology. 

Talented Subjects

Art, Critical Thinking, Dance, Design and Technology, Drama, Food Technology, Leadership, Graphics, Life Skills, Media, Music, Photography, Physical Education, Product Design and Textiles.

There is a formal yearly review and update of the Gifted and Talented Register in the Autumn term for Years 8 – 13 and in the Spring term for Year 7. Students are continually monitored by teaching staff, who nominate students for inclusion in the MASt and Gifted and Talented Register  for outstanding performance in their subject area, or in any other activity staff are aware of. This includes nominations by the Pastoral team (Form Tutors and Heads of Year) following outstanding achievements in extra-curricular and/or super-curricular activities.

Parents of these students are written to in the Autumn term notifying them of their child’s Gifted and/or Talented subject nomination(s) for that academic year. These students would receive differentiated work in their nominated subjects stretching and challenging them further. If a student underachieves subsequently over the course of the academic year, their teacher can decide not to nominate them for inclusion in the following academic year’s Register.

It would be expected that MASt students should have a larger number of Gifted and Talented nominations than other students.

Parental nominations for inclusion in the MASt and Gifted and Talented Register, supported by relevant evidence, can also be submitted at any time.

Provision within the curriculum

Teaching and learning

Within the curriculum, we have been working to extend the expertise of our staff in providing a rich and varied range of activities specifically designed to extend our more able students. Teaching strategies have been developed to include different intelligences and learning styles, extending the provision in response to what the students themselves have told us helps them to learn.

Setting

  • Mathematics - setting in years, starts by October in Year 7; sets are continually monitored and adjusted as appropriate.
  • Science - all year groups are set, starting in the first half term of Year 7; sets are reviewed twice a year.
  • English - there is setting from Year 8 to Year 11.

Options

Mathematics:

  • Curriculum acceleration starts in Year 7, more able students start GCSE course in Year 9.
  • Fast track - GCSE Mathematics in Year 10, GCSE Additional Mathematics in Year 11.
  • Occasionally individual programmes are designed for particularly outstanding students
  • Further Maths at A level.

Science:

  • Able students are offered separate GCSE courses in Biology, Physics and Chemistry.

MFL:

  • Year 10 - Able linguists study two languages.
  • Students who speak a second language are supported in taking the GCSE through the school.

Resources:

  • Advanced texts and equipment have been provided for all faculties.
  • Curriculum-related extension courses and master classes are regularly offered.

In addition to the above, all faculties include MASt and Gifted & Talented provision within their schemes of work.

Chess Club

Chess Club meets every lunchtime Monday to Friday in M5 from 12.50pm – 1.30pm for Year 7 & 8 and in Z1 for Years 9 to 11.

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Chess:

  • brings people together. Players can have big age differences and still enjoy a game together
  • helps you improve your problem solving skills
  • develops your spatial skills. You are constantly thinking of the opponent’s moves, thinking 2, 3 or moves ahead – a transferable skill to other sports
  • improves memory
  • involves both sides of the brain. A study demonstrated that both the left (the more logical) and right (more creative) sides of the brain are exercised during a game of chess

 

Tom Year 11 has created this beautiful chess board in Design and Technology!

Tom Redway chessSet 2 2022 Tom Redway chessSet 3 2022
Tom Redway chessSet 4 2022

Chess         Everyone welcome!

Go Club

Go Club meets every lunchtime Monday to Friday in M5 from 12.50pm – 1.30pm for Years 7 & * and in Z1 for Years 9 to 11. The ancient Chinese game of Go is one of the oldest board games in the world and flourishes in Japan and Korea also. More than 60 countries now compete in the annual World Amateur Go Championships.

More information can be found at the British Go Association which supports and runs an on-line league and UK tournaments, and they are offering a free one hour online teaching session to those joining for the first time.

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British Go Associations tutor Mr Cockburn is occasionally available to teach and advise students how to play and improve their game. We became UK School Champions in 2019!

Sir John Lawes and its Go Club feature in the Spring edition of the British Go Journal which records the second Harpenden Go Tournament held earlier this year. Twenty six players from across the South East enjoyed the Go with congratulations to Oliver Bardsley winning two of his games. Subsequently, the Maidenhead Tournament saw Oliver winning three games and several prizes! Congratulations to the Sir John Lawes Go Club who were the best school team at this tournament!

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Go oliver b 1 Go ollie r
Go edie t Go trophy

 

Try these strategic Go puzzles: https://britgo.org/covers/psmith

Everybody welcome!

Latin Club

Latin Club (SOCIETAS LINGUAE LATINAE) meets in M9 every Tuesday from 3.30pm – 4.45pm.

 Latin Club Poster

* Change of room, you can find Latin Club M9 every Tuesday

We follow the Cambridge Latin Course and Memrise which students can also access from home. This is supported by e-learning and text books. There are 12 levels in Cambridge Latin Course Book 1 and 19 levels in Memrise. There is a Cambridge Latin Course assessment every four levels. Students have a vocabulary book each and Mrs Brining, Mr Garcia and Governor Mrs Montgomery support learning. Ms Robins can offer GCSE Latin at Sixth Form by arrangement.

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Latin Year 9

Year 9 Latin students with their Cambridge Latin Course certificates

having passed Levels 4 and 8

 

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