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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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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


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


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


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The Curriculum 2014 is the basis for our curriculum in Key Stage 1 (Years 1 and 2). 

Subjects covered within the curriculum are:

English; Mathematics; Science; Computing; History; Geography; Music;  Physical Education; Art and Design; Design Technology and Religious Education, PSHE (Personal, Social and Health Education), Cooking and Nutrition


The ‘Enriched Curriculum’ – KS1


At Cooks Spinney, we follow an ‘enriched curriculum’ for foundation subjects that prepares pupils for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of life in the 21st century.

To find out more about The Enriched Curriculum at Cooks Spinney please feel free to ask a member of staff or click here.

Numeracy and Mathematics

At Cooks Spinney Primary, we use every relevant subject to develop pupils’ mathematical fluency. Pupils are taught to apply arithmetic fluently to problems, understand and use measures, make estimates and check that their work makes sense. Pupils apply their geometric and algebraic understanding and are also taught the cycle of collecting, presenting and analysing data. They are taught to apply their mathematics to problems, including breaking down more complex problems into a series of simpler steps.

Language and Literacy

We develop pupils’ spoken language, reading, writing and vocabulary as integral aspects of the teaching of every subject. English is both a subject in its own right and the medium for teaching; for pupils, understanding the language provides access to the whole curriculum. Fluency in the English language is an essential foundation for success in all subjects.

Speaking and Listening

Pupils are taught to speak clearly and convey ideas confidently using Standard English. They learn to justify ideas with reasons; ask questions to check understanding; develop vocabulary and build knowledge; negotiate; evaluate and build on the ideas of others; and select the appropriate register for effective communication.

Reading and Writing

Pupils are taught to read fluently, understand extended prose and are encouraged to read for pleasure. Classrooms are well stocked with fiction, non-fiction and poetry books; and we set ambitious expectations for reading at home. Pupils develop the stamina and skills to write at length, with accurate spelling and punctuation. They are taught the correct use of grammar. The writing they do includes narratives, explanations, descriptions, comparisons, summaries and evaluations: such writing supports them in rehearsing, understanding and consolidating what they have heard or read.


Our aim is to ensure that all pupils:

  • develop scientific knowledge and conceptual understanding through the specific disciplines of biology, chemistry and physics
  • develop understanding of the nature, processes and methods of science through different types of science enquiries that help them to answer scientific questions about the world around them
  • are equipped with the scientific knowledge required to understand the uses and implications of science, today and for the future.

Scientific enquiry includes: observing over time; pattern seeking; identifying, classifying and grouping; comparative and fair testing (controlled investigations); and researching using secondary sources. Pupils seek answers to questions through collecting, analysing and presenting data.

Modern Languages

At Cooks Spinney, we believe it is important for our pupils to be exposed to modern foreign languages from an early age - learning a language from year 1, they can continue that language into Secondary School and beyond, making our pupils global citizens and communicators. 

Art and Design

We offer excellent provision in creative art and technical design. Our specialist teachers allow children to express their creativity and develop a range of artistic and design skills including sculpture, painting, textiles and sketching.

We also encourage pupils to criticise works of art and comment on their cultural and artistic significance.


Cooks Spinney offers brilliant facilities and inspiring teaching for PE. Our team of specialist teachers and coaches deliver a wide range of lessons and after-school clubs for all children in Reception to year 6. The academy also provides the opportunity for gifted and talented pupils to represent Cooks Spinney in variety of tournaments and competitions.    

Time Devoted to Subject Areas

Literacy (Writing and Reading Including Phonics) - 5 sessions per week (1hr 30mins each) 

Numeracy - 5 session per week (1hr each) + 15mins Mental Maths 4 days per week

Science - 2 sessions per week (45mins - 1hr each)

Enriched Curriculum - 2 sessions per week (45mins - 1hr each)

Modern Languages* - 1 session per week (30mins)

Art and Design* - 1 session per week (45mins)

PE* - 2 sessions per week (45mins - 1hr each)

*These lessons are delivered by specialist teachers. 

Homework Policy

All pupils are encouraged to complete homework tasks, although these will vary in complexity according to the age of your child. Homework includes reading, practising writing and maths skills as well as projects which may be carried out over a longer period of time. Please see our Homework Policy for more detailed guidance.


At Cooks Spinney, we set high expectations for every pupil. We plan challenging work for pupils whose attainment is significantly above the expected standard. We carefully plan lessons for pupils who have low levels of prior attainment or come from disadvantaged backgrounds. We use a range of assessments to set targets which are deliberately ambitious.

All pupils are valued and are entitled to equality of educational opportunity. We take account of our duties under equal opportunities legislation that covers race, disability, sex, religion or belief, sexual orientation, pregnancy and maternity, and gender reassignment.

We work with families and specialists to identify pupils who may have special educational needs, some of whom also have disabilities. Lessons are planned to ensure that there are no barriers to every pupil achieving. The SEN Code of Practice includes advice on approaches to identification of need and outlines what needs to be done for them.

With the right teaching that recognises their individual needs, many disabled pupils may have little need for additional resources beyond the aids which they use as part of their daily life. We plan lessons so that these pupils can study every national curriculum subject.

We take account of the needs of pupils whose first language is not English. Monitoring of progress takes account of the pupil’s age, length of time in this country, previous educational experience and ability in other languages.


For more information about our Key Stage One curriculum please make an appointment with our Head of KS1 - Jen Pearce on 01279 437590

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