The inquiry nature of the International Baccalaureate (IB) Primary Years Programme means that gifted students at The King’s School, Tudor House have the opportunity to further develop and extend their knowledge through Units of Inquiry, as well as to pursue areas of interest.
The King’s School, Tudor House supports Gagné’s Differentiated Model of Giftedness and Talent (2008). The Australian Curriculum explains, “although a number of different definitions have been proposed over the years, there is no universally accepted definition of students who would be identified as having particular gifts or talents. However, a shared understanding of giftedness is important in order to address their needs. In Australia today, Gagné’s model provides the most generally accepted definition of both giftedness and talent”.
Gagné’s Differentiated Model of Giftedness and Talent (2008) provides research-based definitions of giftedness and talent that are directly and logically connected to teaching and learning. According to Gagné, gifted students are those whose potential is distinctly above average in one or more of the following domains of human ability: intellectual, creative, social and / or physical.
Talented students are those whose skills are distinctly above average in one or more areas of human performance. Talent emerges from giftedness through a complex developmental process and via a number of influences, including the teaching and learning opportunities. Gagné’s model recognises that giftedness is a broad concept that encompasses a range of abilities; it also recognises that giftedness is only potential and that it must go through a transformative process in order to become a talent. As such, Gagné makes it clear that adequate school support is necessary if students are to develop their gifts or high abilities into talents or high achievements.
The Model at a Whole School Level
- PYP framework
- Identification process – whole-school assessment program
- Development of the whole child – The Learner Profile Attributes
- In-class extension
- Programming for differentiation using Universal Design for Learning (UDL) principles
- Inquiry Learning (Units of Inquiry) – concept-based learning
- Whole school STEAM focus with a specialist teacher mentor
- Specialist French, Art, Music, Biblical Studies and Woodwork
Co-curricular enrichment opportunities:
- Public Speaking
- Poetry Recitation
- Spelling Bee
- Debating (Stage 3)
- Lego Technics – First Lego League
- Creative Problem-Solving and GATEway 8 Competition (Stage 3)
- Music Tuition
- Talent Quest
- Advancement in sporting pursuits (IPSHA, CIS)
At The King’s School, Tudor House we support subject acceleration and grade acceleration when armed with appropriate supporting documentation. We work closely with the student and family when considering this option, and draw on evidence from various sources to support decision-making on a case-by-case basis.
- Whole-school professional learning on supporting giftedness in the classroom
- The Head of School and many of the teachers have undertaken courses in gifted education