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14/11/19

An exciting opportunity to join our IT team as a Junior Regional IT Technician. Find out more here: https://t.co/E3Wcg0j6kE https://t.co/TurkALG2YY

14/11/19

club investigated the dangers of splashing chemicals in eyes in yesterday's . Using egg whites, they replicated the aqueous humour of the eye and added a variety of chemicals including hydrochloric acid and sodium hydroxide to observe the ‘damage’ caused https://t.co/4HCGmdsSxw

13/11/19

Year 9 have been perfecting their badminton skills in GCSE PE this morning https://t.co/hmjBgNYA9x

13/11/19

The Big Question in year 7 this morning: What are unicellular organisms? https://t.co/dQ65ZNHz8w

12/11/19

7P have been developing their painting techniques and preparing to create poly block prints as they study the work of Andy Warhol in 🖌🎨 https://t.co/tcOBEIkdu2

11/11/19

We are pleased to be supporting the appeal this year. Students and Staff are invited to bring donations to school no later than Friday 13th December. For a full list of gift ideas visit https://t.co/msIS8RoypE https://t.co/aes5ChZtIZ

10/11/19

Privileged to be part of the parade in Didcot today. We will remember them. https://t.co/9QdJi4OHAC

08/11/19

Congratulations to our newly elected Student Council 🎉 https://t.co/OWGYzhnJnZ

08/11/19

GCSE Art have been exploring the work of Ian Murphy, using mixed media techniques to create dramatic architecture pieces https://t.co/td4y41mqNm

08/11/19

What is market research? Year 9 have been looking at the different types of market research, methods of collecting and their advantages/disadvantages https://t.co/R2Gmc3yLBq

07/11/19

We are recruiting! Come and join our Aureus family as we grow our school. We have the following vacancies: ✅ Teacher of Mathematics ✅ Head of Mathematics ✅ Teacher of Science ✅ Pastoral Welfare Leader Interested? Apply online here: https://t.co/1Z85MK1Mo6 https://t.co/bfN3Jfg2AA

06/11/19

Have you seen our new mosaic installations? A wonderful community project with residents from neighbouring and local artist, Clare Goodall https://t.co/9nQ4EQNVE1 https://t.co/BeiXNPwVo8

05/11/19

more details to follow in this weeks bulletin! https://t.co/E4Jkmxl1YO

05/11/19

more details to follow in this weeks bulletin! https://t.co/B2l6K069mI

05/11/19

Exploring the magic of Physics...Year 8 have been investigating magnetic fields by making paper clips seemingly float in mid air! https://t.co/7HNl2tgGUQ

05/11/19

more details to follow in this weeks Bulletin! https://t.co/MS89TK0f4W

04/11/19

In Year 9 GCSE English Language, students have been analysing https://t.co/hXWUe8HLjS

04/11/19

In Ms King's dance lesson this morning, Year 7 students were practicing unity and .The last part of this routine was their own improvisation of being a soldier at war https://t.co/lZwQ6LbJwR

23/10/19

In Year 8 DT today, students have been looking at designing menu's; looking at paper folds, front covers and food options https://t.co/fkBhNJODWm

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 KS3 Reading List 24th Sep 2019 Download
Aureus KS4 Reading List 24th Sep 2019 Download
Aureus Scholars KS4 Reading List 24th Sep 2019 Download
Year 9 Home Learning Vocabulary List Aut... 27th Sep 2019 Download