Identifying Gifted and Talented Students

Posted by mjovery on December 17, 2007 in Uncategorized with Comments closed |

The following guidance is provided by QCA   at

Pupils who are gifted in science are likely to:
** be imaginative
** read widely, particularly science or science fiction
** have scientific hobbies and/or be members of scientific clubs and societies
** be extremely interested in finding out more about themselves and things around them
** enjoy researching obscure facts and applying scientific theories, ideas and models when explaining a range of phenomena
** be able to sustain their interest and go beyond an obvious answer to underlying mechanisms and greater depth
** be inquisitive about how things work and why things happen (they may be dissatisfied with simplified explanations and insufficient detail)
** ask many questions, suggesting that they are willing to hypothesise and speculate
** use different strategies for finding things out (practical and intellectual) — they may be able to miss out steps when reasoning the answers to problems
** think logically, providing plausible explanations for phenomena (they may be methodical in their thinking, but not in their recording)
** put forward objective arguments, using combinations of evidence and creative ideas, and question other people’s conclusions (including their teacher’s!)
** decide quickly how to investigate fairly and manipulate variables
** consider alternative suggestions and strategies for investigations
** analyse data or observations and spot patterns easily
** strive for maximum accuracy in measurements of all sorts, and take pleasure, for example, from reading gauges as accurately as possible (sometimes beyond the accuracy of the instrument)
** make connections quickly between facts and concepts they have learned, using more extensive vocabulary than their peers
** think abstractly at an earlier age than usual and understand models and use modelling to explain ideas and observations. For example, key stage 3 pupils may be willing to apply abstract ideas in new situations; key stage 4 pupils may be able to use higher-order mathematical skills such as proportionality, ratio and equilibrium with some complex abstract ideas when offering explanations
** understand the concepts of reliability and validity when drawing conclusions from evidence
** be easily bored by over-repetition of basic ideas
** enjoy challenges and problem solving, while often being self-critical
** enjoy talking to the teacher about new information or ideas
** be self-motivated, willingly putting in extra time — (but they may approach undemanding work casually and carelessly)
** show intense interest in one particular area of science (such as astrophysics), to the exclusion of other topics

KS4 Gifted and Talented Projects (Science)

Posted by mjovery on September 1, 2007 in Uncategorized with Comments closed |

Here is the full set of G and T Projects for all the courses in Year 10 and Year 11.

Awards/Prizes will be provided for all the identified students who complete these assignments.

The bonus for us is that we can use the presentations as part of the teaching resources….and even ask the students to present their findings to the science classes.

Gifted and Talented Trip Oxford

Posted by nikola on May 1, 2007 in Uncategorized with Comments closed |

An image from a Year 11 Gifted and Talented trip to find out about the University of Oxford


More images to follow………

A Level Science Powerpoint Presentations

Posted by nikola on May 1, 2007 in Uncategorized with Comments closed |


All microbes and disease presentations and worksheets are now available to down load

Here are the BYB7 powerpoint presentations for Protection Against Disease 15.12







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