The Firs meets the needs of gifted and talented pupils.
Our provision for Gifted and Talented pupils has been wide ranging over this past twelve months.
We have continued to participate in the Northwest gifted and Talented workshops. Sending children to attend sessions on:
Music: Halloween Soundscape
Maths: Code breakers, Ancient boardgames and puzzles- ‘GO’, Problem solving,
Art: South African Art, Seascapes, Cartoon art, Fantastic plastic beasts
Citizenship and Politics: How to rule the world-being a prime minister.
PE: Strictly dancing
Year 4 and 5 also got to attend maths and english masterclasses held at Chester university and hosted by NWGT.
We have taken teams to compete in STEM challenges, Mathematics Challenges and carried out in house writing competition.
We always like to give our older pupils opportunities to familiarise themselves with the surrounding secondary schools who offer enrichment days. Last year our Y5 spent time at Abbey Gate college on maths and science sessions. We have taken our oldest girls to Moreton Hall where they produced some excellent artwork and this year look forward to working with their drama department.
Pupils from our junior classes have also taken part in ‘Gifted and Talented’ days at Calday Grange school, developing skills in maths, drama, sport, science and art.
We have continued to send teams to compete in the Ruthin Maths Challenge.
Our Sports teams continue to compete in cross-country events, games and athletics. We were proud to achieve high standards by having some of our year 6 boys become national finalists in the Independent Schools Association athletics competition. Our own sports competitions; the annual cross country and Football tournament, enable all our pupils to develop and provide our real talents to shine.
The Junior Language Challenge continues to capture the interest of our gifted linguists, and once again we reached the final last year.
Every year we enter the ISA art awards and this we continued with success, with many pieces getting through the regional finals and going to national finals. You may have seen Olivia the Dragon the Year 2 collaborative piece that finished runner-up nationally.
The Firs run a ‘gifted and talented’ minecraft lunchtime club, recently they have just completed a detailed map of The Firs School.