Maximise Your Potential
Be Inspired, Become an Expert
AIMS: The purpose of our curriculum is to equip every child with the knowledge, skills and personal qualities in order to reach the limits of their capability, and we believe that Students’ learning should not be confined to their timetabled lessons.
Students at Ellesmere are given a rich and stimulating experience in the classroom. Students’ curiosity is piqued at various points and in various subjects throughout the day but, in order to maximise the gift of education, we want students to have the opportunity to take that learning further outside their lessons, to promote scholarship and become experts. Our Maximise Your Potential strategy aims to enrich the curriculum and further students' Cultural Capital. It is also resource for students to bridge home and school learning. (Maximise sheets are on the next tab)
What is a Maximise Sheet?-Maximise sheets provide:
- Key, knowledge and indispensable information for students to revise prior to assessments. This is a summary of the knowledge and skills students should be proficient in to master the current unit of study. Put simply, to know and remember more
- Key vocabulary for the current unit of study. There is, of course, a lot more to literacy than simply remembering key words, but if students are able to use subject-specific vocabulary, correctly spelt and applied, this will go a long way to ensuring that they understand the topic.
- Additional opportunities for further learning and the chance to ‘become an expert’. This is the part of the maximise sheet which separates it from most traditional ‘knowledge organisers’ at other schools. Each department has provided an array of ways in which students can be inspired to independently challenge themselves and become experts in a topic, whether that be through additional reading, listening watching of relevant material, or out-of-class activities.
As a parent or carer, how can I support my child’s learning?
In addition to students testing themselves and taking their learning further using the Maximise Sheets, we encourage parents and carers to engage with their child’s learning through the Maximise Folder. For example, parents could use the information on the Maximise Sheets to test their children on key information, or can watch suggested clips or read suggested texts from the Maximise Sheet with their child. This will undoubtedly accelerate progress and further stimulate interest and expertise in and across subjects.