Gifted and talented subject by subject

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Our guide to supporting your child’s learning at home, from literacy and maths to history and languages.

The Department for Education (DfE) defines the gifted and talented as: ‘Those who have one or more abilities developed to a level significantly ahead of their year group (or with the potential to develop these abilities).’

If your child is gifted and talented, there are plenty of ways you can help them to get ahead at home and extend their learning across the curriculum. Try to really challenge your child’s brain and motivate them to try new activities.

Here are some tips to try to support gifted and talented children in different subjects:

Literacy: Encourage the use of word games which promote the extension of vocabulary and grammar. Provide your child with crosswords and other literacy-based puzzles – you could even try getting them to create their own.

Maths: As with literacy, your child could try participating in mathematical games which require solving or creating puzzles. They could enter national competitions, tournaments or maths quizzes. You could even ask your child’s school to set up a maths club.

Modern foreign languages: Provide as many opportunities as possible for your child to practise speaking, listening to, and writing in the language they are learning. Penpals and exchanges are excellent ways of immersing your child in their new language and they help to consolidate learning.

History: Provide your child with a wealth of historical sources they can refer to. Take them to historical sites, visit library archives and introduce them to primary sources, such as letters, journals and documents. A great project they could work on is tracing their family tree – it will extend their research abilities, while being a topic that is of personal interest to them.

Science: Make use of the scientific opportunities in and around the home. Encourage your child to observe pond life and behaviour patterns of local wildlife. They could set up feeding tables in the garden, plant seeds, or conduct weather experiments. You could even try taking them to science lectures and science fairs to extend their learning.