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Disadvantaged children have been provided with digital devices and unlimited broadband by their school to enable them to learn at home. https://t.co/gYx4PDbGaq https://t.co/oo3YYN5ZE7


Check out lots of fantastic art lessons from Ms. Clausen available here https://t.co/RAKOT2DJGN

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Our school kitchen has donated its leftover food to the homeless people of Harlow. The catering team at Cooks Spinney Primary Academy were keen to put their food stocks to good use during the Coronavirus lockdown. https://t.co/s9l0xZm5q0 https://t.co/fqfNjx5pPR

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Here is a short message from the Year 6 team to Wolves and Eagles pupils. https://t.co/zhRreYgdxg

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BMAT are looking for community governors to work with our schools based in Epping, Harlow, Stansted (Essex) and Newham (London). For more info and to apply please contact governance.org.uk https://t.co/4PeEmoUn0z


Don't forget to visit our Facebook page to see daily videos of our teachers reading their favourite books! https://t.co/IJEMIKwElI


Lots of new stories to listen to at https://t.co/95flXxDxMX today!


Don't forget to visit https://t.co/XTw2lJcb40 to see amazing art lessons from our fabulous art teacher, Ms Clausen

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Despite fighting for his life earlier this year, John Childs is doing all he can to support BMAT during the Coronavirus pandemic. He was left critically ill in January when a routine operation to remove kidney stones resulted in sepsis and pancreatitis. https://t.co/61UTG7i36g https://t.co/mYwBlpL2th


Find your home learning English lesson texts read by your teachers at https://t.co/95flXxDxMX. Just click on the home learning image, find your year group and listen to the texts. Enjoy. 📚


Well done to Lilly S and Owen F for their book reviews! You are our book prize winners! 👏😀

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Children are getting to enjoy daily story time sessions with their teachers from the comfort of their own homes. At Cooks Spinney Primary Academy teachers have launched the Spinney Stories website, featuring stories read by the school’s teachers. https://t.co/b9YqiVzT43 https://t.co/qjNoaULAra


Don't forget to submit your book reviews at https://t.co/95flXxDxMX by the end of this week. There are great book prizes up for grabs!

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Children of Key Workers have been in our schools creating art thanking our NHS and Key Workers. At 8pm we will . Thank you from BMAT. https://t.co/x42sYGl8Ao

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Look at this amazing banner our pupils have made! It’s now proudly displayed in our foyer. A big thank you to all key workers everywhere! We love you. https://t.co/AZdW1L84qD


New stories and poems added at https://t.co/95flXxV8Ev! Remember to keep reading and listening during the Easter break. Add a book review on our book club page to be entered into our book prize lucky draw. Winners will be announced the week of the 20th of April.

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More than 6,000 pieces of much-needed personal protection equipment (PPE) have been donated to the by the BMAT family of schools in Harlow, Epping and Stansted in Essex and Newham in London. https://t.co/2kuQZH6YbV https://t.co/N3GTShyrVC


The winner of the lucky draw from yesterday's competition is the Hemes family!👏 Today's challenge: can you identify who is joyfully sharing "Tiny Turtle" on https://t.co/95flXxDxMX? Post your answers to win.

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We’ve emptied our stocks across our schools and this morning ⁦⁩ has delivered over 3000 pieces of PPE equipment to the ⁦⁩ to protect those on the front line treating . https://t.co/A6v7BKLzeB

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English is taught daily using our set texts for each year group. These texts have been selected specifically for our curriculum. 

The criteria for choosing the set texts are; cultural capital, challenge, variation and conceptual richness. We also consider how these texts build upon knowledge and concepts year after year. 

Here’s one example: Aesop’s Fables is read in year 1 - a culturally important, challenging text that teaches us that stories contain messages. This then leads to The Velveteen Rabbit in year 2 which moves us from moral to theme, and from fable to short story. This leads to Pinocchio in year 3 which develops the themes found in The Velveteen Rabbit i.e. the transformative power of love and is culturally significant and challenging. This then leads to Philip Pullman’s Clockwork in year 4; again the book develops the theme of love's transformative power but also introduces a contemporary writer and a meta-story within a story (an idea that will come up again and again in fiction). Ultimately, this reading route can carry our pupils to the most complex texts ever written.

Set Texts for Academic Year 2019/20

Please see below for a list of our set texts for the current acadmic year. A copy of each book will be provided to pupils for English lessons but we also encourage pupils to explore these texts at home. 

Year 1 

Handa's Surprise by Eileen Browne (1994)

The Story Tree by Hugh Lipton (2005)

A First Book of Nature by Nicola Davies (2004)

Amazing Grace by Mary Hoffman (1990)

Aesop's Fables retold by Michael Morpurgo (2004)

Year 2

The Velveteen Rabbit by Margery Williams (1922)

The Magic Finger by Roald Dahl (1966)

Winnie the Pooh by A.A. Milne (1921)

Greek Myths retold by Geraldine McCaughrean (1993)

Year 3 

Pinocchio by Carlo Collodi (1883)

The Iron Man by Ted Hughes (1968)

Charlotte's Web by E.B. White (1952)

The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis (1950)

Emil and the Detectives by Erich Kastner (1929)

Traditional Tales by Various Authors

Year 4 

Clockwork by Philip Pullman (1996)

Alice's Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll (1865)

The Railway Children by Edith Nesbit (1906)

Selected Poems by Various Poets 

Year 5 

Journey to Johannesburg by Beverley Naidoo (1985)

Esperanza Rising by Pam Muñoz Ryan (2000)

Arabian Nights retold by Geraldine McCaughrean (1999)

Tom's Midnight Garden by Phillipa Pearce (1958)

The Wolves of Willoughby Chase by Joan Aitken (1962)

Year 6  

The Rime of the Ancient Mariner by Samuel Taylor Coleridge (1798)

Skellig by David Almond (1998)

Fire, Bed and Bone by Henrietta Branford (1997)

Selected Speeches including Martin Luther King and Malala Yousafzai


Specific Areas of Learning

Cooks Spinney's English curriculum focusses on the following areas of learning:

Language Development

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.


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