Literacy & Oracy - Aureus School
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31/07/18

We are glad it went well. Next year will host too! 🙌🏼

31/07/18

Retweeted From GWP Chaplains

Great day at today at the Activities Week. Thanks to all the staff who made us feel so welcome.

30/07/18

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With WeDo 2.0, children aren't just . They're learning new ways of thinking that are essential for the future! https://t.co/FqZoMGzo75 https://t.co/vzpfWjQORP

30/07/18

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Some great calm down strategies for kids here! https://t.co/VBcXqN1EoZ

30/07/18

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Are you organised, creative and empathetic? Do you have previous experience of working with children? Apply now to volunteer at The Art Room in the new school year: https://t.co/G6US5kHSiV https://t.co/VpfWALBTaB

25/07/18

Retweeted From Hannah Wilson FCCT FRSA

It was brilliant! I have not laughed that much in a long time!! Thanks for the free tickets for local teachers. 🙌🏼 excited for the magic you & are going to make happen 💃 🎶 🎭 https://t.co/jFxCPO83HF

25/07/18

Retweeted From Sean Finch

Pick up the latest to read my blog on the importance of school leaders modelling openness & acceptance for LGBT+ students. I have the confidence from being involved with & to thank for this. RT & share your thoughts on how you do this in your schools! https://t.co/pElwkOplLo

23/07/18

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We have created a programme full of , group and to make sure that the summer is fun for everyone. https://t.co/vPTIlTKWqk https://t.co/rbsFYCGGv9

22/07/18

Thanks Kelly - happy moving & visit us again soon.

22/07/18

We look forward to welcoming our Performing Arts team 🎭 🎶

21/07/18

Retweeted From Sue Webb

Brilliant year Aureus! Congratulations! https://t.co/9mKVCfFz2H

20/07/18

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Read more below about the 2 students that have won the for the summer term. A fantastic achievement for Tegan and Zach You are both an inspiration to us all! https://t.co/KBn05Uw0Ds

20/07/18

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Our mobile planetarium is all ready to go at ! Come and find us at the Hall 1 entrance to have a go 🌌 https://t.co/3yCutkuKWw

20/07/18

Retweeted From Hannah Wilson FCCT FRSA

for next year’s assembly https://t.co/5tquEduQss

20/07/18

He read the final homily & did you proud too! 🙌🏼

20/07/18

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20/07/18

Brilliant picture collage created by capturing our 1st year! https://t.co/M4F1B8QT9S

20/07/18

Wow! What a Year! Final assembly & celebration of our first 12 months!! 🎉🎉🎉 https://t.co/mfyJ4FMjOX

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.