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20/06/18

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20/06/18

Another fab day today. Thanks for leading a team of volunteers. Brilliant input from artists, scientists & parent helpers to Nurture Hearts & Minds. So impressed with their Art work. https://t.co/XgwQVYPG63

20/06/18

Retweeted From Hannah Wilson FCCT FRSA

Our parents are excited to be coming to our tomorrow to listen to our speakers

20/06/18

Retweeted From Rodger Caseby

Pupils found a huge diversity of insects for with and myself at today. Also some great ideas insect-inspired technological innovations for projects!

20/06/18

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No problem 🙂 Was a pleasure working with Aureus pupils today.

20/06/18

Retweeted From Alison Kriel

I’m really looking forward to running workshops on Being You at tomorrow https://t.co/TpgPrYZK1J

20/06/18

Come and join us for more coaching fro Senior Leaders with next term: https://t.co/N1zDY7vlwC

20/06/18

.Free coaching training for - women leading in education in or around Oxfordshire 5/7 - can you join us? https://t.co/nCnAMHJUMH

20/06/18

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Getting gung ho with your teaching career [interview], with of and https://t.co/hufStoo3ir https://t.co/kRyckXK0kC

20/06/18

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Get voting for your store’s local charity of the year, in store and online. https://t.co/HlOtTg4AhI https://t.co/BwW9gIaibS

20/06/18

Retweeted From The Art Room

Don't forget - you can help us support children and young people 👧🏼👦🏿👧🏽👦🏾 by voting 🎨for Wantage Road Local Charity of the Year before Sunday! https://t.co/FbbJk4Y84K

20/06/18

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students coding using sense HAT coding software. https://t.co/Zezj0Hguzy

20/06/18

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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.