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13/02/20

Students from across the school took part in our Spelling Bee this week 🐝 Find out the winners here -https://t.co/5tOR8aCzy5 https://t.co/GrzRD0GuSJ

12/02/20

During Science Club, Year 7 investigate dilatancy with a non-Newtonian fluid. They had a lot of fun exploring the amazing properties of the Oobleck puddle! https://t.co/FSbeJtJPFt

11/02/20

In coaching time this morning, students have been discussing how they would like the internet to be free from bullying, grooming and trolling. These posters are just a few ways in which they wish they were online. https://t.co/5ALI6uZOMk

10/02/20

Year 9 investigate the factors affecting the rate of enzyme substrate reactions, lots of fantastic results! https://t.co/1GsI083loo

07/02/20

We love how these poly-prints have turned out! 8G have been printing their designs onto fabric this morning, we are really looking forward to seeing the final piece of art in place https://t.co/1iL9Qzyo2t

06/02/20

8V have been investigating the relationship between light intensity and the rate of oxygen production during photosynthesis.The pond weed needed a little encouragement! https://t.co/YmVlQkl1zR

05/02/20

Year 9 GCSE Computing have been learning how to create Turtle graphics using Python. Some excellent results! https://t.co/rT6RRD8u7l

05/02/20

7O developing their movement skills and creating freeze frames in Drama; conveying the emotion of soldiers from the poem 'The Charge of the Light Brigade' by Alfred, Lord Tennyson https://t.co/smMHcjFXZi

04/02/20

7M investigating which reactions were exothermic and endothermic in Chemistry this morning. Thankfully their hands didn't get too warm! 🔥 https://t.co/cto4oFX48p

31/01/20

Year 8 have been working hard in Spanish this week identifying the dangers of social media and using their findings to create some fantastic posters https://t.co/MLsPDGLT5N

31/01/20

How do we describe the process of breathing? 7C have been making models of the lungs in Biology this morning https://t.co/77sgrQvKfp

28/01/20

Still time to apply! Teacher of Mathematics - https://t.co/hQWX1Aq4BN Teacher of Science - https://t.co/w0Kk9MZ67y https://t.co/9U8namhJYf

27/01/20

7P have been experimenting with marble chips and acid in Chemistry today, investigating the conservation of mass https://t.co/qmm7PO6IZS

27/01/20

We are extremely excited and very proud that our Voices of Aureus choir have been invited to perform on the main stage at Wembley in the concert on 17th March. Here they are in rehearsal this morning 🙌 https://t.co/QBK2kqbSTy

24/01/20

Exploring the use of movement skills and passing the focus of the audience in Drama this morning. Every single student in 8G has worked extremely hard, well done! https://t.co/Fmmx2Ybw48

22/01/20

We have two exciting vacancies to join our Teaching Team; Teacher of Mathematics and Teacher of Science. Find out more about these roles: https://t.co/f6OhwbfCkK https://t.co/PLU9sy7mFE

21/01/20

8P have been exploring the conventions of different genres and searching extracts from Dickens' 'A Christmas Carol' for evidence of it fitting within the gothic genre 📖 https://t.co/pv6o8nSxiA

21/01/20

Great courage shown by our Year 9 students today in English Language whilst presenting their speeches highlighting Gender Inequality https://t.co/71gEIWqW1T

17/01/20

7M were making observations during a Thermal Decomposition practical in Chemistry today. Don't worry, Copper Carbonate (CuCO3) is meant to go black when you heat it! https://t.co/IASYUFrDBH

17/01/20

7C have been looking at gas exchange in the lungs this morning, carrying out an experiment to raise their breathing rates https://t.co/ZvDLejDCgL

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