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19/10/18

Thanks for coming to nurture our staff 🙌🏼

19/10/18

Retweeted From RELAXKIDSSOUTHOXON

A pleasure to “Just Relax” you this afternoon. I hope you all get some relax time this half term- well deserved! Thank you especially https://t.co/XbXrQbglJe

19/10/18

Team Aureus & Team collaborating with on a Road Safety campaign to slow down drivers on the Great Western Park https://t.co/CZEFY65RLc

19/10/18

Happy half-term to our hardworking community. The staff have worked tirelessly to start our 2nd year smoothly. Our students continue to strive to be Aureus Ambassadors. You have all earned a week’s rest. Remember to be Ready, Respectful & Safe. Enjoy the break! See you on 29/10. https://t.co/KBNArVmJd9

19/10/18

Retweeted From VbE Zone

Excellent Values-based Education Oxfordshire network meeting . Lots of sharing of excellent practice about how to embed values and support emotional and mental health. https://t.co/QFyxw38g4L

19/10/18

Retweeted From Dr Neil Hawkes

Great to be meeting at excellent Leading the way in secondary school values work. https://t.co/KisnzILK6w

19/10/18

Retweeted From GEMS Didcot Primary

Last term, some of our students worked with artist Rachel Barbaresi to design some road safety posters urging drivers to slow down on Great Western Park. Some of the children took part in a photo shoot today to display their work. A powerful message.... https://t.co/q2gnwnH699

17/10/18

Retweeted From Aureus Primary

We had a lovely open evening for prospective pupils tonight. It was great to show off our beautiful school. Thanks for creating a creative learning environment for our Poppies https://t.co/rLGNtbHloX

17/10/18

Retweeted From Aureus Primary

We had a lovely open evening for prospective pupils tonight. It was great to show off our beautiful school. Thanks for creating a creative learning environment for our Daffodils https://t.co/MNTfPTlQHa

17/10/18

Retweeted From Aureus Primary

We had a lovely open evening for prospective pupils tonight. It was great to show off our beautiful school. Thanks for creating a creative learning environment for our Daisies https://t.co/OwniZZ1hob

17/10/18

Retweeted From Aureus Primary

We had a lovely open evening for prospective pupils tonight. It was great to show off our beautiful school. Thanks for creating a creative learning environment for our Daffodils https://t.co/97heuKOdYU

17/10/18

Retweeted From Aureus Primary

Thank you to our amazing site team. The behind the scenes preparation including the cleaning, the tidying, the building, the litter picking, the catering, the admin and the support staff make our school what it is. https://t.co/Dgc1OKrjB5

17/10/18

Retweeted From Oxon MHWB

Would anyone be interested in doing a 5-10 minute presentation on the 5th?

17/10/18

Retweeted From VbE Zone

Celebrate World Values Day with and Oxford University's Tony Eaude! Book tickets for a fantastic EVENT - a day of values-based expertise and experiences. Friday 19th October! All welcome. https://t.co/UKmspdGTvR https://t.co/V3M5SzYdr7

17/10/18

Retweeted From Hannah Wilson FCCT FRSA

Free online training https://t.co/XosC03xh3X

15/10/18

Retweeted From Paul

kicking off our Digital Skills curriculum workshop at https://t.co/QB442bOWpi

15/10/18

Retweeted From Oxfordshire County Music Service

We're looking for the next young musical star in Oxfordshire! 18/10/18 - , OX11 6FF (4:45PM-7PM) 31/10.18 - , OX28 1DX (4:30PM-7PM) No pre-registration, simply turn up on the day! Entrance is £3 per individual or £5 per group. https://t.co/BVIQ8skJ1U

14/10/18

Retweeted From Hannah Wilson FCCT FRSA

we would love the meditation pod for

14/10/18

Retweeted From Hannah Wilson FCCT FRSA

We would love to connect re our school in Oxfordshire. re a collaborative business partnership

14/10/18

Retweeted From VbE Zone

Celebrate World Values Day with and Oxford University's Tony Eaude! Book tickets for a fantastic EVENT - a day of values-based expertise and experiences. Friday 19th October! All welcome. https://t.co/UKmspdGTvR https://t.co/XnaMB28xFT

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.