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27/03/20

Miss Peruga has a message for G4 https://t.co/pgw9qTjY8X

27/03/20

A very good morning from Miss King 😃https://t.co/OA9to3HDih

26/03/20

Our final message for the day is from Mrs Strange 🙂 https://t.co/EdNj39iOec

26/03/20

A message to G5 from Ms Pearce :) https://t.co/UTv8OdieC7

26/03/20

The world record for the longest keepie-uppie is 26 hours! Mr Hayden challenges you to have a go! https://t.co/wKj9L0D1jx

26/03/20

Retweeted From YoungMinds

If your child finds it difficult to talk about their feelings, here are some conversation starters that you can use. https://t.co/5gDtyrzlKC

25/03/20

We were delighted to receive this piece of rainbow art from 🌈 to mark the time they have been with us They will be missed😪 Read more: https://t.co/MHO5cPJ9mQ https://t.co/aBpBLZ37HC

25/03/20

Ms Hunter has a message for students this morning, watch it here: https://t.co/Zeucki4c0a Coaches will be sharing some messages throughout the week too 😀 https://t.co/8LKE4GTRQF

24/03/20

Over 285 Aureus students have been busy practising touch typing, clocking up an amazing 2d:14h:49m:58s of typing in a total of 4744 completed activities since Friday! Y7 occupy most of the top 10 leader board so far, can Y8 or Y9 take the lead? https://t.co/6jpn2moMQ9

23/03/20

Retweeted From Department for Education

Please share with other parents. If your work is not critical in the response to Coronavirus then please keep your child at home. 👉 https://t.co/6KP6fNE9FD https://t.co/3XNjbikGwq

23/03/20

The blossom is out! Spring has arrived at Aureus🌸 https://t.co/mKmvl9cDA1

22/03/20

Retweeted From Gavin Williamson

You should only send your child to school on Monday if you have to, because your work is critical to our COVID-19 response. If you are able to keep your child at home, you should. https://t.co/n1B1gngVWr

18/03/20

School is open for Year 8 and Year 9 only on Thursday 19th March. A letter with further details has been sent to all parents and carers regarding distance learning.

17/03/20

School is open for Year 8 and Year 9 only on Wednesday 18th March. A letter with further details has been sent to all parents and carers regarding distance learning.

13/03/20

Our Year 9 chemists investigated displacement reactions this week. The question is, can they write a balanced equation for the displacement of magnesium and copper sulphate? https://t.co/a7HFsZQ5tc

13/03/20

Voices of Aureus Choir took part in the Pop Festival this week at the Centre for Music in Oxford, joining other schools in the county to perform some brilliant songs https://t.co/u3tatPeyxI

13/03/20

Throughout the week, students (and staff!) have participated in activities to raise money for . This morning they took part in a run around the field. Thank you to all those that have donated this week for this worthy cause https://t.co/cHoHM8OZzU

More Able

Our inclusive ethos enables all children to be challenged in every lesson in every subject. We believe that challenge and support just as important for more able as for weaker learners. We build on prior attainment and develop mastery in order to build confidence and depth of understanding in high prior attaining students. Within this, we also recognise the need to develop and support high attainers with SEND.

How do we identify Most Able students?
At Aureus, the Most Able and Exceptionally Able students are identified using a three part process:

  1. Analysis of KS2 entry data - if a student has attained a high scaled score in either English and Mathematics or in both Literacy and Mathematics, they are identified as Most Able/High Prior Attainment;
  2. Ongoing attainment/teacher assessment - if students continue to meet and exceed attainment levels appropriate to their age;
  3. Ongoing assessment in subjects outside of the core subjects may lead to Most Able status in a particular subject.

We support the Most Able in a variety of ways, including, but not limited to, the following:

In class differentiation
Our quality first teaching pledge applies to students of all abilities. It is an expectation that we will aim high with the content of our curriculum and ensure it is accessible and challenging for all. Lessons will include:    

  • Rich questioning
  • Higher order and abstract thinking (e.g. handling ambiguity and paradox)
  • Problem solving and enquiry
  • Development of advanced language skills, to include accuracy, precision and fluency
  • Independent work and self-study
  • Development of metacognition
  • Transfer of knowledge across disciplines

Extended Learning and Personal Development
With an enormous range of extended learning activities already available, there are plenty of opportunities to develop high attainers’ skills, using cross-curricular disciplines. It may be that photography requires an in depth understanding of Arts, Maths and Physics. It may be that taking part in the Shakespeare Schools Festival requires a high level of understanding of Literature and the physicality of Drama

Careers Education
We work with external organisations to ensure that students have a clear focus on their destination after Aureus. Professionals from local and national organisations are invited to speak to students on a Friday afternoon to explore their career pathways and explain their roles, particularly in the ‘STEAM’ subject portfolio. Each year we will create opportunities for students to visit or access Higher Education Institutions.

Provision of leadership opportunities
Students are encouraged and supported to participate a number of leadership roles. The Student Council is a position to aspire to and students have to rise to the challenge of representing the student body. Leadership roles may be offered in a range of disciplines - Sport, Design, STEAM and Languages will require different sets of skills.

Most Able Programme
The progress and development of the Most Able students is an ongoing research field at Aureus.  A carefully designed programme of assessment, intervention and evaluation enables staff to ensure that progress is on track for the Most Able. These interventions can take the form of one-to-one progress checks, the completion of a Scholars Passport and regular extra-curricular opportunities for debate and discussion.

Definitions
With the change in national context of how ability is identified, please see below an outline of agreed terminology with definitions from Ofsted.

More Able:  high attaining pupils in pupils in primary schools

Most Able/High Prior Attainment (HPA): high attaining students in secondary school - students whose progress significantly exceeds age related expectations

Exceptionally Able:  students who are performing above the Most Able.  Exceptionally able pupils are those who have the capacity to achieve or perform at the very highest academic levels.

Dual Exceptionality:  this is a term for high performing students who also have a complex additional need, such as Autism Spectrum Disorder.

Documents

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Aureus Scholars KS4 Reading List 24th Sep 2019 Download