More Able and Talented
We believe that all children attending Swiss Valley Primary School are entitled to a broad and balanced curriculum that is relevant to their needs. To ensure this happens, we need to provide challenging, stimulating and enriching opportunities for more able and talented pupils – regardless of their cultural, socio-economic backgrounds or disabilities.
No child is identical. Children can have different skills, learning styles and interests and so we don't teach every child in exactly the same way. We look at children who show above average potential in many areas both academic and non-academic. Areas such as:
We add identified children to our MAT (More Able and Talented) register so that we can make provision for them within lessons and outside of lessons. We provide for our MAT pupils in the following ways:
- Differentiated tasks
- Alternative tasks
- School Clubs
- Opportunities to display their particular ability
Once inserted on to our MAT register we put in place a More Able and Talented Educational Plan (MATEP). This enables class teachers, parents etc to understand how to make provision for the particular individual.
We are proud of the successes of pupils in Swiss Valley and we regularly see high levels of attainment in many areas.
These show high percentages across the board as well as the quartile in which we find ourselves within our family of schools.
In recent years we have had a number of children perform to a high level across a number of sports. We have had children who have been selected in football development squads for Swansea City and Cardiff City as well as eventually representing Wales. In 2014-15 our girls team won local and regional tournaments to qualify for the Urdd National Finals.
In rugby we have had children progress through to represent Llanelli schoolboys and then Wales at junior levels.
Our netball team had a successful 2014-15 getting through local and regional tournaments to qualify for the National Finals in Cardiff.
We have also had other children who have had success in other sporting pursuits to represent their county, and indeed country, in gymnastics, climbing and even fly fishing!
As part of the fantastic work being done by Mr Lane in working on the garden, our pupils had the chance to experience what it is like to be entrepreneurs. The produce grown has been advertised and sold through selling seeds, seedlings and even chutney. We had a stall in Llanelli market where produce was sold to the public and as a result we qualified for the 'Enterprise Troopers' final in Cardiff at the Senedd. Four children (two from Year 3 and two from Year 6) travelled to the Senedd to exhibit our achievements and then present in front of a large crowd.
For those children who have musical talents we provide many different opportunities. Weekly lessons in violin, flute, brass and recorders are received and we encourage them to showcase what they have learnt through performing in front of the school and other audiences.