At Merchant Taylors’ Boys’ Junior School we aim to challenge each child in all aspects of the Curriculum, mentally, physically and creatively. We aim to develop self-discipline, cooperation and teamwork. We set high expectations which inspire, motivate and challenge pupils.
In order to achieve such aims, we ensure that pupils have opportunities to develop specific skills or talents.
There are many definitions of Gifted and Talented. The QCDA states and identifies;
“Gifted Learners are those who have abilities in one or more subjects in the statutory school curriculum other than art, design, music and PE.”
“Talented Learners are those who have abilities in art, design, music, PE or performing arts.”
The Boys’ Junior School have been very busy providing opportunities for our Gifted and Talented Learners. We provide a wealth of opportunities for our Gifted and Talented pupils.
The categories of our Gifted and Talented Programme are listed below. Please click for more information.
ART & DESIGN
The boys have been exploring working with clay, making clay tiles on to which they have scratched flower designs into the clay surface to form a relief pattern.
G&T Art & Design Club Batik
Gifted and Talented artists/designers from years 4-6 have been busily working on their project to produce artwork inspired by artist Georgia O’Keeffe. The boys have been exploring O’Keeffe’s chosen subject of flowers, her style of art and her use of colour and tone. Then armed with digital cameras, the boys, turned photographers, went out into John Bebb garden and took pictures of flowers from a variety of angles. Once printed out and blown up to A3 size the boys then traced their favourite chosen flower image on to a piece of fabric. This is where the fun part stars! Miss Evans talked the boys through the process of using a technique called Batik which was often used to decorate fabric hundreds of years ago and is still used today. Demonstrations out the way pupils got to work on applying a liquid solution called liquid Batik – a safer substitute for using hot wax. The liquid act as a resit and will resist the fabric dye when applied leaving an outline. The fun, yet tricky part came when applying the fabric dye – the final stage of the Batik process. Pupils observed O’Keeffe’s use of colour and tone and tried to recreate this only using fabric dye in primary colours, mixing them and watering them down to create different tones. The end results are fantastic and demonstrate the hard work and time that pupils have put in to their work.
Our Gifted, Talented and Able boys worked with clay to produce Clay snowmen in time for Christmas. The snowmen were made using air dry clay and decorated by the boys using a range of art materials such a pipe cleaner arms and button top hats. Both Miss Baker and Miss Evans think they look very eye-catching!
The snowmen were made by Seb R, Henry S, Charlie B, Eben C, Monty B, Rohan B, Callum M and Nathan W.
G&T Art & Design Club Self-Portraits
Gifted and Talented artists/designers from years 4-6 worked on a self-portrait project looking at artists Julian Opi and Andy Warhol and exploring 3 different portraiture techniques. Pupils firstly developed their photography skills, photographing each others portrait. They then manipulated the images into black and white pictures. For the next stage of the project we looked at the technique – poly-board printing. The boys traced their self-portrait picture onto a poly-board, only picking out the outline of their face and facial features, keeping the portrait quite simplistic in the style of Opi. Using a blunt pencil the boys pressed into the poly-board and made indentations on the traced line work. The final stage of the poly-board printing technique consisted of using printing ink and rolling it across the poly-board in a thin layer ensuing the ink did not run into the indentations. The inked up boards were then pressed ink down on to coloured paper of an opposite colour to the ink, similar to Warhols portrait style, to reveal the pupils self-portraits. The final technique we explore was using digital design software – photoshop. The boys poly-board printed self-portraits were scanned in to photoshop and the colours were manipulated to look like Warhols pop-art portrait style, in bright opposite colours.
Jaguar Maths in Motion
Year 6 Set 1 maths boys take part in the Jaguar Maths Challenge in their mathematics lessons. This is the largest mathematical challenge in the world and the boys compete against hundreds of other primary schools. The challenge involves setting up a car using mathematical calculations to compete in a F1 race on a F1 circuit. Boys work in teams of four to measure the track and depending on the type of track set their car up accordingly.
Congratulations to our Geography Team
A huge congratulations to our Gifted and Talented Geographers, Jonathan Corner, Sam Fell, Shea Brennan and Darren Toh who were awarded 1st Place winning the Geography Competition and allowing the Junior Boys’ School to retain their title- can we do it again next year?!
On Tuesday 22nd November, the boys entered a local Inter Schools World Geography Competition held at MTGS. Rounds included Which City? Geography in the News, Flags, Geography of Sport, OS Maps and a Countryfile section based in the UK. The boys showed superb Geographical knowledge and worked extremely hard as a team. The boys were presented with an Atlas each and a “Geography Rocks” badge as well as a Maps book for our Junior School Library.
Well Done Boys!
Our Year 5 and 6 G&T English pupils take part in a workshop centered around a selection of scenes from our Joint School Production. The boys worked in groups and with the actors to give the themes of the play modern day relevance. Actors remained in character and welcomed questions from the audience on the stagecraft used, music, costumes, props and other aspects of the performance. Themes covered identity, race and gender, and the boys were thrilled to experience the exciting experience of live music and theatre ahead of the show going live.
Kids’ Lit Quiz
On Thursday 4th November the brains of the Junior School assembled in the Williams Hall to compete against 14 other schools from the North-West in the International Literary Quiz ‘Kids lit’. As this was an Under 13 years event most of the other teams contained pupils from Y7 and Y8 but our lads were completely undaunted. They displayed an impressively wide range of knowledge about all things bookish from Dr Seuss to Shakespeare. On their ‘joker’ round (The Classics) the boys achieved a remarkable 8/10 score, doubled up to 16 points. Later on in the competition Jonathan Corner – the youngest member, as he is in Y5- earned the team a book each as they won that round in a tie break question against Kings’ School Macclesfield.
Unfortunately we did not do quite well enough to go on to the next round which will be held in Oxford or the finals in New Zealand, but the team can be proud of itself and actually scored more points the the Boys’ Y8 team! (68.5/110)
Well done to: Thomas Cunliffe, Alex D’Arcy, George Johnston and Jonathan Corner. They all enjoyed themselves thoroughly and represented the Junior School with distinction.
Many pupils express a keen interest in joining the orchestra. We ensure that we provide pupils with as many musical opportunities as possible within our school. In order to get the most out of this experience pupils should be approximately ABRSM Grade1 (or equivalent) standard or above on an orchestral instrument, be able to read music independently, be able to play a range of about an octave on their respective instrument and be able to commit to regular rehearsals each week.
We have a large group of boys who attend Orchestra each week and thoroughly enjoy the experience. If your son would like to attend Orchestra please ask Mrs Rogers for details.
Drumroll for our Drama Club Members
We have a drama club that takes place each week in school and Junior boys prepare for LAMDA exams.
If you are interested in joining the Drama Club, please see Mrs Bonfante.