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05/04/19

The youngest members of our school proudly showing off their Easter bonnets today. They all looked wonderful. https://t.co/whAlobhNLh

05/04/19

Today's skippers totalled 157,142 skips. Well done to all of the staff and pupils involved and even some of the parents! https://t.co/Tb03iXnF4z

05/04/19

Easter fun today in Reception. These are just a few of the hats proudly being worm in Early Years today https://t.co/dTqZivbIHf

04/04/19

Pixies have planted magic beans after reading Jack and the Bean Stalk. The children have watered them every day and are very proud of how big they have grown! https://t.co/Ej3xkBLKmT

04/04/19

A few more pictures today from Year 5's Wow day. Some of the children even held the snake! https://t.co/VaIMTpRvLD

04/04/19

Year 5 were treated to a visit from Ventura Wildlife for their Wow day today. The children were all very brave and held lots of different animals and mini-beasts https://t.co/70hCwkNEhZ

04/04/19

As one of the first 1000 schools to enter Premier League Writing Stars poetry competition, we were lucky enough to receive some fantastic free poetry books specially picked by the National Literacy Trust. Thank you to https://t.co/7ev2UWPJlT

03/04/19

Samia and Ava delivering their assembly about their passion for reading. Well done girls for a confident and informative assembly https://t.co/3k46BKcsYz

03/04/19

Many thanks to Beardwell Construction, with the help of Ivor Goodsite, for their site safety assembly yesterday. The children have already started to hand in their safety posters for the competition. https://t.co/HgvZ7OTpcD

03/04/19

The Cooks Spinney Catering Team were awarded a 5 star food rating this morning. Congratulations ladies, well deserved https://t.co/jgG8fzFLuS

03/04/19

Excellent effort from our year 5/6 boys football team against St Luke's which we unfortunately lost. However, we played Little Parndon next in a friendly match and beat them 8-0. A brilliant team performance! https://t.co/0ysGUxW7vV

03/04/19

These students were brilliant with year 3/4 boys and girls teams taking gold and year 5/6 team taking silver which was excellent. Joseph from Otters won his race and Ivy and James came 2nd in theirs https://t.co/uySonkwWX4

01/04/19

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Ivor came to visit at this bright Monday morning. https://t.co/piLMmgyrtq

29/03/19

Ayanna from Frogs class today with her amazing piece of work. Well done Ayanna https://t.co/B0SfI1KVeZ

29/03/19

Year 6 at Latton Bush this morning learning valuable safety life skills https://t.co/1uyqB2RQdp

29/03/19

Reception and Nursery enjoying their teddy bears picnic yesterday https://t.co/ntNGHPfDWD

27/03/19

So proud of our Year 3's 😀 https://t.co/areL412waP

27/03/19

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Ten widths of a swimming pool, five laps of a playground on a bike and a run around a school field saw pupils become triathletes. Pupils from primary schools within the BMAT group of schools in Harlow competed for the third year in a triathlon. Full story https://t.co/LSKkoB90hB https://t.co/DazpvIChyN

26/03/19

All the students did amazingly well at the cross country running on Friday where they were competing against at least 100 other competitors in tough, cold, windy conditions. We are so proud of all of the students and they all really enjoyed the day https://t.co/X3TFK6fgQk

26/03/19

An out of this world assembly today by Maija and Weronika. Well done girls! https://t.co/5gC8qK1Sbi

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New Library

New Library

Posted: 13th November 2018

Transforming a library with floor to ceiling book characters has heralded the start of a literacy push at a primary school.

Cooks Spinney Primary Academy is pulling out all the stops to ensure children have a love of books and read as much as possible.

A graffiti artist has given the library a more exciting feel by covering the walls with giant Jungle Book characters and a new library system is encouraging children to read more.

The school has signed up to the Junior Librarian scheme which gives pupils more ownership of their reading.

Whereas the old paper system meant pupils could only borrow one book from the library at a time, a new digital scanner enables them to take far more books home.

The system, which sees children scan their book and a bar code next to their name to log what they are borrowing, can also recommend books to pupils based on what they are reading.

Headteacher Neil Stirrat said: “Junior Librarian means the pupils can run the library themselves during their lunch breaks. Older pupils can scan the books, whereas before they could only borrow books if they had an adult to help them with the process.

“The whole school is having a big push on vocabulary and reading this year, both inside and outside school. We can make sure children are reading when in school, but we want them to also be stuck into books when at home.”

A recent book fair raised more than £1,100 which converts into new books for the school and a book swap is being set up to give families free access to more reading books for their children.

Luke Wildig, assistant headteacher, said: “We have a number of disadvantaged families and so are always keen to find ways of providing them with books free of charge. It is another way of encouraging our pupils to read at home.

“Once it is set up and loaded with books, the book swap will run itself as pupils will be free to donate and select books themselves.”

The school is appealing for donations of children’s books to be taken into the school reception to be added to the swap.

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