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19/02/19

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19/02/19

Retweeted From Bansi Kara FCCT

School librarians! This book looks excellent for encouraging young black boys to dream beyond stereotypes. Pass it on! https://t.co/rxY0ojCEF3

19/02/19

W/c 4/3/19 We are interviewing for English 📚 Media 🎞 Still time to apply: https://t.co/LU7dhiZ4y0 https://t.co/2weWHSp1rk

19/02/19

W/c 25/2/19 We are interviewing for PE 🤸‍♀️ Dance 💃 History ⏱ Geography 🗺 Science 🧬 Still time to apply: https://t.co/F7HxopHJoY https://t.co/sjoePE8wSa

18/02/19

Retweeted From Hannah Wilson FCCT FRSA

This made my day today - a postcard from one of our Year 8s who has changed schools. Makes me proud of the young people we are nurturing. https://t.co/mlC1MuwfL9

18/02/19

Retweeted From We are STEAM Co.

This visit is long overdue... The Show visits the at the Powered in Didcot Must see if your local MP can swing by. His https://t.co/IGwzrHUuZy

18/02/19

Retweeted From Hannah Wilson FCCT FRSA

Excited to finally have booked to come to for our next secondary day and our first primary one. Bring on the rocket launching! 🚀 👨‍🚀 🌓 https://t.co/0mdiLbNi96

18/02/19

Retweeted From Julie Hunter

links nicely to our next value. https://t.co/29gJFPwySV

18/02/19

Our English Teacher who is our lead did a fab assembly on this last week for our of love. Think it needs to be explicit?

18/02/19

Parents beware. Screen what your children are watching / playing. Ensure age appropriate. Check what they are buying/ carrying. https://t.co/PTb3fxcRn4

17/02/19

Retweeted From In Didcot

This week’s post is the first in my series of ‘Meet a Didcot resident’. Pop over to the blog to meet Jack Cummings, an inspirational Invictus Games medallist. https://t.co/qM5iZK5rN2 https://t.co/O8a2Qtrm7w

17/02/19

Retweeted From Katie Burnett

Looking for a play park to take the kids this half term? Check out https://t.co/B8zDZqYGFK Please RT! https://t.co/povg0muEzV

16/02/19

Retweeted From Whole School SEND

Consortium partner are running a 1 day conference in London on 1st May on Adverse Childhood Events in Education – helping schools to understand and support. To find out more, go to: https://t.co/SZ2yOl1Vrm

16/02/19

Retweeted From ЄĿĿĪЄ

We made playdoh figures once to represent those more “negative” views of ourselves. Then squashed them and built ourselves looking strong/beautiful/confident. Interestingly, the “positive” people were usually taller the second time!

15/02/19

Retweeted From Amjad Ali- #TweetingBreakforhalfterm

Come and work with us! We have lots of vacancies for year 3 of our start up Journey! https://t.co/V2DP0tfVlf Check them out! You get to work with leaders like !

15/02/19

Retweeted From Elevate

Sport and physical activity must be put "on a par with reading and writing", says Sports Minister Mims Davies. In her first major sport speech since taking on the role in November, Davies will call for schools to ensure children are "physically literate".https://t.co/qD45gBVDtL https://t.co/bpaSkiPOTP

15/02/19

Retweeted From Cornwall Sport

The UK sports minister will call for schools and clubs to ensure children are "physically literate" in her first major speech https://t.co/2Ed5dMDzFG https://t.co/exj851cbkl

15/02/19

Retweeted From Access to Sport

‘Physical activity should be on same par as reading and writing... developing children to be physically literate will build a sporting habit for life’

15/02/19

Retweeted From Anna Chalkley

Call for PE school sport &#PhysicalActivity to finally get the recognition it deserves so that schools can ensure that children are physically literate https://t.co/8jbrE3L0Nf

15/02/19

Retweeted From Education Executive

"Schools must ensure children are physically literate", according to the sports minister, Mims Davies: https://t.co/B4HYNo0ByI https://t.co/TnGTl39tnZ

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.