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01/07/22

Day 2 of walking has started for our Silver DofE students. Good luck! https://t.co/uABvftfeYO

29/06/22

Our Computing Masterclass was full today. Year 5 using brand new micro:bits and learning how to do 3D design in tinkercad. Mrs Strange had a great time with our computing experts of the future https://t.co/zMGfh2s5L7

29/06/22

Some of out very lucky Year 10s have travelled down to London today to see ‘Wicked’ at the Apollo Victoria Theatre! Enjoy!! https://t.co/XxoPAGr2sL

28/06/22

We had our first year 11 Prom last night and what a great night it was. The students had some lovely food, an Oscar’s awards ceremony and lots of dancing. https://t.co/gKmqyIE8tN

24/06/22

Faculty Charity week totals are in and we raised ❤️ Banksy 70.50 for The Royal British Legion, 💚 Malala £90.34 for Macmillan and 💙 Hawking £30 for Blue Sky Thinking.

23/06/22

In Biology we have replaced chicks with cress seeds. Year 7 have designed suitable environments to germinate and grow the best cress. Each class has a week to look after their environments and see who can grow the tallest. https://t.co/HP7EoIhb6o

18/06/22

The sun’s stop shining, but they’re still smiling! https://t.co/fTCOHKy8Mh

18/06/22

We have now said goodbye to our chicks. They have been adopted in 2 groups of 3 and are going to lovely new homes. We will really miss them. It has been wonderful seeing all our students interact with them https://t.co/OZoLwgWiv7

18/06/22

Good luck this morning to our Yr9 Bronze DofE students, as they wake up to another beautiful and sunny day. Stay hydrated and sun-cream-ready! We’re so proud of you. https://t.co/EYys1Dnnvv

17/06/22

9 bronze DofE groups out on the ridgeway today. It’s a hot one but they are hydrated, creamed up and doing really well. Keep going guys, you’re doing great! https://t.co/mUyo0dGdgM

16/06/22

Today was Hawking’s charity day and tomorrow is Malala’s who are supporting . Let’s see if they can beat Banksy’s total of £71 ❤️💙💚 https://t.co/TGKa029WX1

16/06/22

Retweeted From Oxford Chemistry Outreach

Another excellent & talk today - this time from Stuart Astle (Burton Group) to students from , & https://t.co/2h5wXTeqMj

16/06/22

Retweeted From Oxford Chemistry Outreach

have just headed into the lab for another workshop after this morning 👩‍🔬

16/06/22

Retweeted From Didcot Casuals FC

We are looking for new players https://t.co/k9UfsAUSmO

15/06/22

In our Art Masterclass, year 5s are creating bug prints similar to those of artist Alison Headley. https://t.co/cYUyZGQIUj

15/06/22

Science club this afternoon looking at the development of the chicks 🐥🐣 https://t.co/w6YpBRaJno

14/06/22

It’s our Art Masterclass for year 5 tomorrow. Last week we had a Science Masterclass and next week is English https://t.co/1HLoxVnH9v

14/06/22

Ready for Faculty Charity days - Wednesday is Banksy, Thursday Hawking and Friday Malala. Expect some games, cake sales and across all 3 day ‘Guess how many sweets in this jar’. Anyone fancy a guess on Twitter??? https://t.co/wo1wXbVRTI

14/06/22

Flower dissection in Biology today. This is the winning dissection from 7C. https://t.co/ndyTHb2gSd

14/06/22

So we have #1 Nugget, #2 Pebbles, #3 Cheep Cheep, #4 Sponge Bob, #5 Hey Hey and #6 Nigel. They are so lovely and friendly. The students are enjoying spending time with them. 🐣🐥 https://t.co/W7uBr3zskT

Literacy & Oracy

Literacy is at the heart of everything we do at Aureus. We believe that the ability to read, to write and to speak with confidence and fluency is the key to future success. Each member of staff is a passionate advocate of language and learning. Our lessons are built on the premise that all students will have the opportunity to develop their comprehension and vocabulary, to write extended pieces of work and to learn the convention and art of debate.

Did you know?

  • Less than half of 8 to 16 year olds have read a book in the last month
  • 49% of children and young adults think that reading is boring
  • Children who enjoy reading are 5 times more likely to be 'above average' in their Reading Assessment levels
  • 22% of children report that no one at home encourages them to read
  • 1 in 3 does not own a book
  • 62% of boys do not enjoy writing and pupils at Key Stage 4 are the least likely to enjoy writing
  • Research shows that the average length of a student's contribution to a class discussion is only 4 words

We believe that promoting literacy is a whole school responsibility and not just that of the English department.

The Literacy and Oracy Entitlement

  • Your child will attend lessons at Aureus in which reading, writing and speaking & listening are regularly supported and practised, regardless of subject area
  • Your child's reading age will be taken into consideration in the use of resources, with the aim that he/she will be challenged to improve by acquiring new vocabulary and concepts
  • Your child will read in each subject area, where appropriate, to increase his/her exposure to ideas and vocabulary
  • Your child will have access to a range of classic and contemporary literature for free in a well-equipped and helpful school Library
  • Your child will have the entitlement to write at length, where appropriate, in each subject area and out of class through clubs and competitions
  • Your child will be challenged to develop his/her speaking and listening ability in interactions with staff and students, thereby learning the value of verbal full sentence construction and modes of formality

Reading for Pleasure

We expect Year 7 students to have reading material with them at all times and they will be set reading challenges. All Year 7 students will visit the local library to ensure that they are able to borrow books outside of school too. Our aim is to ensure that our students have read a wide range of classic and contemporary literature by the time they leave the school.

The Library

The school has a wonderful library that is full of fantastic books specifically aimed at helping students reading and learning skills. We want all students to become readers for life. Students will be able to borrow two books for two weeks and will be encouraged to complete the borrow/read/return cycle. Over the course of the year, the library will host events and competitions that all students can take part in.

Speaking and Listening

We strongly encourage students to participate in activities that develop their speaking and listening skills. At Aureus, there are opportunities across the school year to practise the key skill of speaking in public, including during assemblies, at parent events and in formal competitions with external organisations.

Students with English as an Additional Language

At Aureus, lessons are designed to support all learners, regardless of prior experience with the English Language. We recognise that some students will need additional support in school to access the curriculum. We invest in staff and resources to allow students to have intensive language tuition if necessary.

Documents

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Aureus Scholars KS4 Reading List 24th Sep 2019 Download
Year 9 Home Learning Vocabulary List Aut... 27th Sep 2019 Download