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25/11/22

We held our first ever Year 12 Awards Evening this week. It was great to see the class of 2022 and find out about their post-16 courses. Find out who the award winners were via the link - Latest News - Aureus School... https://t.co/m3T8h6jwvQ

25/11/22

HOW ABOUT A SPOT OF TEE? Aureus Golf Club, run by Mr Hayden, were at the Hadden Hill golf range this week, practicing their swings. https://t.co/oUQx8jbBH1

24/11/22

Read all about our House Music Competition - House Music Competition - Latest News - Aureus School... https://t.co/dwT5YsTu5N https://t.co/vQTPiolzdL

24/11/22

Tickets available now through https://t.co/aY58d0d1vE or https://t.co/K0jY3H7ag9 DON'T MISS OUT!!! https://t.co/zVzgEmj8iw

15/11/22

On Sunday, the Didcot Remembrance Parade took place and Aureus School was proudly represented by Grace and Sophie P along with Warren and Sophie R, who placed the school wreath. It was a pleasure to see so many Aureus students represented in Guides, Scouts, and Cadets. https://t.co/zUP57YfoJL

10/11/22

"When it rains, look for the rainbow" Yr 9 PE have been braving the elements this week! https://t.co/4ElsY4ymOy

08/11/22

Want to find out why we are the school of choice? Aureus School is delighted to invite you to our Creative and Expressive Arts Showcase at the Cornerstone, Didcot. Friday, 31st March 2023 Book your tickets now! https://t.co/lNgP7f2c6y

04/11/22

For our annual Remembrance service on Friday the 11th, we are inviting all Aureus service children and students who actively attend a Cadet Corps, Scouts or Guides to attend in their uniform. The service will begin at 10.30am in the quad. https://t.co/9pBo87hS2f

03/11/22

If you are interested in joining our PCA (Parents & Carers Association), we want you! The PCA support Aureus by organising events in order to raise funds and also provide the opportunity for parents to get to know each other and become members of this supportive & friendly team. https://t.co/0EKH2NOSXU

20/10/22

Rehearsals for our School Production of The Wizard of Oz are well under way! https://t.co/xvMfHvBD8a

11/10/22

Yesterday, a selection of our students visited the Houses of Parliament. Students toured the House of commons, the Great Hall and met our local MP David Johnston for a question & answer session at the Education Centre. https://t.co/gjIpA2iamR

05/10/22

Nominate a teacher for a National Teaching Award. Help us recognise and celebrate the outstanding work do by nominating them for a National Teaching Award. The awards are free, there are 16 categories to choose from. https://t.co/yiEweptq2t https://t.co/ZJSp2BkoMg

26/09/22

Today Museum of Natural History's HOPE project visited some of our Year 7 and 9 students to learn how to be entomologists. A very exceptional day of practical learning about those of which are all around us! https://t.co/nktSNWazrP

22/09/22

Open evening is happening from 5pm to 7pm today. No need to book just come along. We’re looking forward to seeing lots of Year 5 and Year 6 pupils. Our new catering company will be here so you can see what happens in our new hub. https://t.co/GQrYGuvZjA

08/09/22

We express our deepest sympathies for the passing of HM Queen Elizabeth II. Her dedication to the UK, other realms & territories is unparalleled. We thank her for her service. Our school will observe the mourning period whilst continuing to support our children, families & staff.

08/09/22

Monday marked the start of a new school year for our lovely Year 7s. In just a few short days, they have settled into the Aureus way of life and there have been plenty of smiling faces positive comments. https://t.co/oMP8qX5VZ6

08/09/22

Our Yr 6 Open Events are fast approaching! Use the following link to sign up: www.aureus https://t.co/frnljwzDgq https://t.co/TaW1yEYiqK

06/09/22

Today, our brand new year 7s have been discovering what art means to them with Miss Robins. https://t.co/uQRsmBimfl

06/09/22

Tomorrow we will be hosting an Information Evening for our KS3 parents from 5-6pm and an Exam Information evening for our KS4 parents from 6:30-7pm. We look forward to seeing you there. https://t.co/6IL6k5eT56

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