More Able Provision



Provision for More Able children at Sherwood Primary School

At Sherwood Primary School, we understand that all children, including the more able pupils, require support and challenge in their learning in order to make progress and reach their full potential.  Through our teaching and activities, the more able pupils are given a wide variety of exciting challenges and experiences, developing the ability to question, explain, persevere, communicate their thoughts and take risks in their learning whilst building relationships. 


What is a more able pupil?  

At Sherwood Primary School, we use the term more able pupils to refer to children who are working above our expected outcomes in one or more areas of the curriculum or displaying a particular ability in a specific area.  

More able pupils:


  • Asks insightful questions and have a curiosity;
  • Are imaginative, providing creative and original solutions;
  • Are rapid learners;
  • Learn a new skill easily and readily;
  • Show initiative;
  • Apply their learning to other areas and solve problems.


However, all children are unique individuals and this list is not exhaustive, nor does it mean a child is necessarily more able if they display some of these features.    


How do we identify more able pupils? 

Methods of identifying more able pupils are varied. We recognise that using only one method may be insufficient therefore we gather as much information about individual pupils as possible. These may include: 


  • Teacher Assessment;
  • Observation and assessment;
  • Data tracking and formal assessment;
  • Consulting with professionals such as sports coaches;
  • Parent information;
  • Through curriculum opportunities e.g. open-ended tasks, problem solving, creative challenges.


How do we provide for more able pupils in the classroom? 

All of our pupils are expected to have a thirst for leaning and be willing to take a risk and learn from their mistakes.All our teaching; 


  • Centres on the children’s own interests and learning styles;
  • Establishes what pupils can already do or have already done so that we are building on children’s prior learning;
  • Encourages children of to use a variety of stimuli, ideas and resources;
  • Fosters a climate of problem solving, debate and risk taking;
  • Provides a challenging learning environment which allows pupils to question and access higher order thinking skills;
  • Promotes and celebrates creativity and original thinking;
  • Encourages children to challenge themselves and discuss their own learning.


What role do parents play in supporting more able pupils? 

We aim to work in partnership with the parents of our more able learners. We recognise that parental input is hugely influential in children displaying a positive attitude to their learning and achieving more in school. Parents have a vast amount of information about their child and are encouraged to share this with the school where they feel it is appropriate. We welcome the opportunity to celebrate children’s achievements of things taking place out of the school environment. 


To further support your more able child at home you may like to: 


  • Encourage your child to ask questions and find out the answers together;
  • Support the development of imagination as much as the pursuit of knowledge;
  • Let your child experiment and accept that making mistakes is part of the process of improving;
  • Foster a love of reading by giving access to a wide variety of books;
  • Provide resources to support learning at home such as the internet, books, maps;
  • Use the local area to provide a broad range of experiences eg. visiting museums, galleries, sports events;
  • Arrange experiences with children who share interests in similar area to your child;
  • Finally, allow your child to play, relax and enjoy being a child!



The following are some ideas for family-based enrichment activities which may support your child: 



  • Play Scrabble or Boggle together;
  • Invent 10 uses for a household item;
  • Plan the itinerary for your holiday, researching places on the internet;
  • Involve your child in writing letters and emails questioning or supporting local issues;
  • Record ‘a day in the life of’ your family using video or digital photography;
  • Investigate the family tree;
  • Discuss a favourite television programme and create a new plot;
  • Condense well known stories into twenty words;
  • Solve crossword puzzle, anagrams and Sudoku puzzles together or construct one for others to solve;
  • Play strategy games like chess.


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Sherwood Primary School, Sherwood Way, Fulwood, Preston, PR2 9GA

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