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24/09/20

This Saturday 26th September is the European Day of Languages, aiming to encourage language learning across Europe. At Aureus this week we have embedded a language activity into the start of every lesson https://t.co/K2GXNrCGYB

24/09/20

One week to go! We can't wait to tell you all about our amazing school. If you haven't yet registered to attend our Virtual Open Evening, you can do this via our website: https://t.co/rjEIOGE3aC https://t.co/KhBn3Ez0Yy

22/09/20

Congratulations to Bradley in Y8 for being shortlisted for the Grass Roots Football awards. Bradley was nominated for his contributions to youth football during lockdown and being a role model in his coaching of U8's team. Fantastic achievement Bradley, well done! https://t.co/MO4SJ2tsAk

22/09/20

Are you an experienced Maths teacher looking to progress to the next level? We are seeking a Head of Mathematics to join our school. Find out more about this exciting role and apply online https://t.co/sYPyGMKAqV

17/09/20

There is still time to register your place at one of our Year 6 Virtual Open Events! Join us to explore our co-educational, school in the heart of Didcot and why we are your https://t.co/rjEIOGVE2a https://t.co/RqEP31DGCZ

15/09/20

A beautiful day for rounders on the field for Year 9 this morning. We are so lucky to have this amazing space https://t.co/qxySm8mbxC

11/09/20

Really excited to be taking part in the Education Programme this year! Read more: https://t.co/N2vZQHxzng https://t.co/NEelprUbzu

10/09/20

Year 7 have been learning all about Bunsen Burners in their Science lesson this afternoon 🔥 https://t.co/VKpMCBM9mt

10/09/20

Great to see Year 8's working hard in English this morning 😊 https://t.co/nXuHtbLi97

10/09/20

Things are changing at Aureus...come along and meet our new Headteacher, Ms Hunter at our Virtual Year 6 Open Events. Find out more and register today here: https://t.co/rjEIOGE3aC https://t.co/O6PjLrAoPd

09/09/20

A week in and this is what they achieved in their first Dance lesson. Well done Year 7! https://t.co/CAeQvQ0TOr

08/09/20

We are looking for an experienced teacher to come and lead our Maths department. For more information and the apply online, visit https://t.co/sYPyGMKAqV https://t.co/eq4iAZMSMB

04/09/20

Secondary applications are now open! Have you booked on to one of our Virtual Open Events? Visit https://t.co/rjEIOGE3aC to register your place. Spaces are limited so book now to avoid disappointment! https://t.co/MM56QEdvBm

04/09/20

A useful guide for parents and carers as we start the new school year: https://t.co/cT4OdolE8f

03/09/20

Excited to be welcoming our new Year 7's today for their first day . We can't wait to meet you! https://t.co/VoDow0U2UI

02/09/20

Really looking forward to having students back in school from tomorrow! https://t.co/PRr9DtoEKN

17/07/20

Celebration Assembly slides have been sent home today, with links to an assembly from Ms Hunter and this video from Miss Saul, Mrs Powell and Mr Morris announcing the overall Faculty Winner for this year! https://t.co/QWDTk3Pgg0 Have a restful Summer Aureus!

17/07/20

The Science department have been extremely impressed with the completed challenges that have been sent in throughout the term. Thank you for all taking part, we hope you have enjoyed them https://t.co/cWnOJHbjRz

17/07/20

Congratulations to Year 7 students Bethany and Faye for winning our Solar Oven Competition! https://t.co/KJoZnQ3Avj

17/07/20

We would like to congratulate Year 9 students Emma and Ella for being the first students to receive The Duke of Edinburgh's certificate 🥳https://t.co/UxbRn9n3KB https://t.co/K9oHMgmTeJ

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 either English and Mathematics or in both Literacy and Mathematics, they are identified as More 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 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.

Documents

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Aureus Scholars KS4 Reading List 24th Sep 2019 Download