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14/02/20

Foxes have been showcasing their projects for their topic about Asia. Today was volcanoes https://t.co/fcZ5NT2gtp

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14/02/20

Impeccable behaviour was rewarded on the last day of half term with an invitation to hot chocolate and biscuits by the Headteacher, Mr Stirrat. https://t.co/WDz1k3roj5

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13/02/20

Some photos from the Spinney Party this evening. A jolly good time was had by all. Thank you to the PTA for their hard work in putting this event together. https://t.co/Jf5AerRlJ5

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13/02/20

Pixie class have been learning Row Your Boat this week and made some boats of their own. They were then tested on the water in a very exciting boat race. https://t.co/0Dhs27xJPr

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12/02/20

Volunteers from held an assembly and then ran workshops explaining the life-saving work provided by Helicopter Emergency Medical Service (HEMS) for the critically ill and injured of Essex, Hertfordshire and surrounding areas. https://t.co/4zE3QJ8sua

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11/02/20

Pupils were encouraged during assembly today to keep their environment clean and tidy by two inspirational speakers. A very thought provoking assembly including a wonderful Question and Answer session at the end https://t.co/vYzRPMBDQR

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11/02/20

Young scientists proudly modelling the new lab coats bought with money raised by our wonderful PTA. Don't they look amazing? https://t.co/RQVJWP1SNf

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10/02/20

Our school hall was turned into a theatre when a travelling show came to visit. brought their Jack and the Beanstalk show to Cooks Spinney Primary Academy. https://t.co/yJ2uXBAc4F https://t.co/nYy71zxTiZ

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07/02/20

It must be Friday again! Time for Mr Stirrat to reward some more impeccably behaved pupils with hot chocolate and biscuits. https://t.co/RbUb8rOZg9

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06/02/20

This afternoon Butterflies class had a wonderful time investigating habitats and exploring the school's nature area. https://t.co/QvowIfbfvj

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06/02/20

Thank you to for hosting a fantastic morning full of fun-filled events. All children participated in archery, scooting, kurling and boccia. They will all be receiving a well-deserved certificate in tomorrow's assembly. https://t.co/afrJZI7LD3

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06/02/20

Today's Spinney Speaks Assembly kicked off on the subject of football. It was confidently delivered with lots of audience participation. https://t.co/84FusEgXcn

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05/02/20

It's decision time again for the Pen Factor Judges. Who will get their pen licence this week? https://t.co/5lnxSaykJa

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05/02/20

Fabulous hats made by these creative year 4 pupils for their homework projects. It’s wonderful to see all the effort being put in https://t.co/omCWecOFHp

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05/02/20

Ahoy, me hearties! Year one crew members have been busy today designing pirate hats, singing sea shanties and hunting for hidden treasure. Fortunately no students were made to walk the plank! https://t.co/VzrNt3yH6G

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04/02/20

Sprites class planted an Amaryllis at Christmas and they have enjoyed watching it grow on our window sill. Yesterday they were excited to see that a big beautiful red flower had emerged. Lots of the children had a go at painting it, producing some lovely artwork https://t.co/Iu2uYtDtpy

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04/02/20

In class today the children made houses for the three little pigs. Unfortunately while they were in the playground we had a visit from the big bad wolf who blew them to pieces! https://t.co/27xczo74nl

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04/02/20

Assemblies are back! Pupils have the opportunity to deliver an assembly of their choice. Today was all about the current Australian bushfires. The girls had clearly done their research and confidently shared their knowledge with the rest of the school https://t.co/ePeY70NfyU

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04/02/20

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04/02/20

After learning the story of in class, Sprites and Unicorns got to make their very own. They looked very tasty! https://t.co/v1jJSFx3tp

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English

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.

FOR MORE INFORMATION ABOUT OUR english CURRICULUM PLEASE MAKE AN APPOINTMENT ON 01279 437590

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