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30/03/21

Congratulations to our Typing Superstars for the Spring Term! https://t.co/0EWhlCnRjd

29/03/21

Looking for some fun Science experiments to carry out this Easter holiday? There are some great ideas in this activity pack> https://t.co/sNz94ImKvh

29/03/21

We would like to say a big Congratulations to Natalie in Year 8 for winning the Faculty Dance Competition! A very well done to everyone that took part, it was a tough one to judge as there were some truly expressive and engaging pieces! https://t.co/YPVMSbzg6T https://t.co/AeKBZJbTJG

25/03/21

Our final Year 5 Masterclass this evening was Art with Miss Dixon. Pupils created some really lovely Loui Jover style portraits, we are looking forward to seeing the final pieces! https://t.co/rjEIOGE3aC https://t.co/jIX1kFUptU

23/03/21

Absolutely fantastic Year 5 Music & Drama Masterclass this evening with Mrs Powell. Thank you to all those that joined us and for taking part 🎭 Our final Art masterclass is on Thursday this week, you can sign up here > https://t.co/hAP9AwIJE6 https://t.co/5Q5yJYp1VA

23/03/21

Today we took part in a one minute silence on this National Day of Reflection. Marking the anniversary of the UK's first lockdown and thinking of all those who have been lost, lost loved ones and those who continue to be affected https://t.co/YYliWBZnD2

22/03/21

8C have been mastering portraits this afternoon in their art lesson, specifically looking at proportions of the facial features https://t.co/CDfOGiZTQm

18/03/21

We really enjoyed Miss King's Year 5 Dance Masterclass last night! Pupils had a lesson in Street Dance and did a fantastic job learning a routine. There are 2 masterclasses left before Easter, register here: https://t.co/hAP9Awr8My https://t.co/gDCfd33gBn

15/03/21

In Year 10 Science this morning, students have been investigating how surface area affects the rate of reaction. When the powder is clumped together it cannot catch fire but when it is poured the surface area is higher, creating a faster reaction https://t.co/eMExZcv3qX

12/03/21

Are you interested in becoming a teacher at either primary or secondary level? Join the 'ZOOM into Teacher Training' event to find out more about how we can support you on your journey to teach! https://t.co/ccyp1UOjLY

10/03/21

Our Year 5 English Masterclass was fantastic this afternoon, looking at conventions in fairytales. It was great to see pupils so engaged in the lesson 😊 Next week is dance! Register your place: https://t.co/hAP9Awr8My https://t.co/yvpuWRwoIT

05/03/21

We were delighted at the number of Y9 students that took part in our Take Your Child to Work Day for . Sticking to national guidelines, students worked from home with a family member or, if they were able to, spent the day at a workplace. Maddie has been window cleaning! https://t.co/gMdsJRfO4Z

05/03/21

We have been supporting with a number of engaging activities for all our students. Find out what they have been up to here: https://t.co/fV9KC71mge https://t.co/NTfDNYVom5

04/03/21

For this week's Science club at home: 'How can you prevent a gummy bear from swelling when in water?' Try this investigation out to find out how and send your results to media.org https://t.co/bEwhyo8kck

04/03/21

Today, for , teachers had great fun in dressing up as book characters and creating a Jackanory style rendition of 'Oh, the places you'll go' by Dr Seuss. We hope you enjoy it! https://t.co/CljWCAwfdF https://t.co/SJzWWtp4nu

03/03/21

"I am definitely coming to this school!" Our next Explore Aureus Masterclass is English, taking place on Wednesday 10th March. Sign up here: https://t.co/hAP9Awr8My

03/03/21

We were delighted to welcome Year 5 pupils to our virtual Explore Aureus Science Masterclass this afternoon, giving them a taste of a lesson at our school. It was great to see so many budding scientists at the class, thank you for joining us! https://t.co/M8pXIa4uec

02/03/21

A fantastic resource for parents and carers on https://t.co/WDALFH1bnb

01/03/21

We warmly invite you to join us for our Year 5 Open Evening on Thursday 22nd April. Join us to find out how you can reach your full potential Register your place today via https://t.co/rjEIOGVE2a https://t.co/wlNHZbAEbv

01/03/21

Retweeted From National Careers Week

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More Able

Our inclusive ethos enables all children to be challenged in every lesson in every subject. We believe that challenge and support is just as important for more able as for lower prior attainers. We build on prior attainment and develop deep knowledge 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 and who are eligible for the Pupil Premium grant.

How do we identify More Able students?

At Aureus, the More Able are identified using a mixture of this three part process:

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

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

In class differentiation/personalisation
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:

  • Variety of questioning
  • Providing relevant, engaging, learning opportunities and interesting stimuli
  • Higher order and abstract thinking (e.g. handling ambiguity and paradox)
  • Problem solving and enquiry
  • Tier 3 vocabulary explicitly taught and high quality oracy modelled and applied
  • Independent work and self-study
  • Development of metacognitive practices
  • Transfer of knowledge across disciplines
  • Challenge options are flagged up to students using the challenge symbol
  • High quality feedback focused on how to achieve ambitious targets.
  • Reading Lists
  • Signposting opportunities for students to develop their knowledge further through independent study

Extended Learning and Personal Development
With an enormous range of extended learning activities already available, there are plenty of opportunities to develop high prior attainers’ skills, using cross-curricular disciplines. 

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 in assemblies 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.

More Able Programme
The progress and development of the More 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 More Able. These interventions can take the form of one-to-one progress checks, mentoring, the completion of a Scholars Passport (being updated for 2020-2021) and 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.

For further details on how to ensure your child makes progress in line with their expectations, click on the link below

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