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24/11/17

Retweeted From Julie Hunter

I'll send a pic of our worry eater next week. He's waiting in our new THRIVE room ready for our official opening. gaining a new space to flourish

24/11/17

Retweeted From Hannah Wilson

Thank you & for inspiring opening key notes at the conference https://t.co/f6unjxhCZs

24/11/17

Retweeted From Hannah Wilson

Thank you & for thought provoking case studies at the conference https://t.co/k7zjxT9gke

24/11/17

Retweeted From Mary Taylor

So pleased to take part in conference . An inspirational new school.

24/11/17

Retweeted From Leanne Avis

Had such a and day today thank you so much to and for the conference

24/11/17

Retweeted From Mary Taylor

Wonderful to hear year 7s Olly and Maddie talking about why they enjoy mindfulness.b

24/11/17

Retweeted From clare

How close r u to Oxford? Not that far for your next quiet mindfulness movement and students will guide your mindfulness.

24/11/17

Retweeted From Tes

As you may be aware, sent the grumpiest member of our team, , on a course last week. So, did he find inner zen? https://t.co/snWzPtIkK2

24/11/17

Retweeted From Hannah Wilson

We are are 45 mins from Paddington - open invite for 8.30am any morning to join us for our daily diet of curated by

24/11/17

Retweeted From Deputy Head Pastoral

A huge thank you from for an enjoyable and informative day https://t.co/em8M2jTLv6

24/11/17

Retweeted From Teresa Day

Thank YOU Hannah - what an inspiring school and team you all are: wellbeing built into the bricks and mortar

24/11/17

Thank you to Jackie Billington, our Didcot Mayor, for joining us for lunch & a tour today. https://t.co/MmtijZXNYL

24/11/17

A big congratulations to this week's Well done all! 👏 https://t.co/oN5SQXaaAR

24/11/17

Thank you for funding an amazing day on & - an amazing community of educators committed to the cause. https://t.co/ArY1TcTPI2

24/11/17

Retweeted From Hannah Wilson

I am so proud to be the headteacher our staff did an amazing job hosting the conference today. 👏 The whole team pulled together to enable it to happen. A big thank you to you all! https://t.co/pzemkUcXeV

24/11/17

Retweeted From Hannah Wilson

You should both be very proud of the amazing provision you have put together Both of your presentations made my heart ❤️ swell with pride to work with you today. https://t.co/SdnERk6rFB

24/11/17

Retweeted From Julie Hunter

for being our hopeful HT and an enabler. It's a pleasure to share our 💯 day journey. Looking forward to student video on on Monday.

24/11/17

Retweeted From Heather Lucas

Thank you for enabling so much connecting and learning in aid of !!

24/11/17

Retweeted From Julie Hunter

have you seen the conference tweets from about in schools?

Literacy & Oracy

Literacy, Library and 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:

All Year 7 students will have access to an e-reader from Spring 2018 that they can use in school and at home. 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 speak 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.