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03/03/21

- Wednesday 3rd March To celebrate this week's , we have a mystery reader sharing the story of 'Grumpycorn' . But do you recognise the voice of that super talented teacher behind the mask? https://t.co/6WZOdibhZJ

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02/03/21

It's monthly challenge time again! Which one do you want to have a go at or do you want to enter all three? Huge congrats to Ailie (writing) and Rosie & Joe (maths) for winning last month's challenges. All challenges available for download from https://t.co/KP0QYbrT2k. https://t.co/FmP4ng1k6w

02/03/21

Tune in to for a free digital live event to celebrate . Hear your favourite authors & illustrators answer questions from children at 10:30am on Wednesday, Thursday & Friday this week! Each event will last approx. 30 minutes. https://t.co/tbO74kFyMZ

02/03/21

- Tuesday 2nd March To celebrate , Mr. Stirrat takes a look at the life and work of Nikola Tesla. All lockdown assemblies can be viewed at https://t.co/N639eOhlJT https://t.co/JO0WpzoPtv

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01/03/21

Keeping active, eating well and taking care of mental health was the focus of a special week for children. Cooks Spinney Primary Academy held Healthy Schools Week to remind pupils to look after themselves in lockdown. https://t.co/D0I6mCUCEV https://t.co/8t5HhXDh0q

01/03/21

Assembly - Monday 1st March Ms. Dackombe kicks off the week by sharing the story of 'The First Hippo on the Moon' with a little help from her friends. You can draw your own Sheila Hippo by following the tutorial at https://t.co/lBGpXp9NH3. https://t.co/aD5nGrmYmU

26/02/21

- Friday 26th February Join us today to watch this delightful short film starring the little bird who faces her fears to show us all that perseverance pays off in the end! All lockdown assemblies can be viewed at https://t.co/plBmwGKo4A https://t.co/dhCubvy3g3

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25/02/21

Today the sibling bubble enjoyed multi-skills outside on the playground for over an hour. The activities were completed in a circuit which included skills to improve agility, speed, co-ordination & power. It was great to see the children outside enjoying themselves https://t.co/Or7NU5Jobq

25/02/21

- Thursday 25th February Today's assembly is all about and Miss Wade explains why it is so important. All lockdown assemblies can be viewed at https://t.co/N639eOhlJT https://t.co/PXG8H0kJm8

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24/02/21

Our ICT room’s Grand Makeover – A ‘Wall of Code’ With huge thanks to for creating the design in his spare time & to for turning our design into reality. With the new décor and fab pink chairs, we can’t wait for the children to start bringing it to life! https://t.co/j5MF2RsdT5

24/02/21

Assembly - Wednesday 24th February Ms Pearce shares Peep’s story of how he learnt to find his true self. All lockdown assemblies can be viewed at https://t.co/spbwlepnXh https://t.co/YPJFCEPC1q

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23/02/21

Read all about it! The Book Fair is coming our way. if you want to get ahead, please click on the link where you will be able to scroll through all of the amazing books that are available to order. https://t.co/0NH8ZMZpWQ https://t.co/fWQ4r6pXCc

23/02/21

This week’s art video guides you on how to draw Peep, the little nightingale from the story ‘Dawn Chorus’. Look out for Ms. Pearce’s virtual assembly tomorrow, to hear little Peep’s story of how he learnt to find his true self. https://t.co/lBGpXp9NH3 https://t.co/tQgwppxavP

23/02/21

- Tuesday 23rd February Mr. Stirrat shares some very happy news this morning! On Monday 8th March Cooks Spinney can reopen! All assemblies can be viewed at https://t.co/N639eOhlJT https://t.co/WoosTjI7hj

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22/02/21

Following Mr Beaumont's assembly today, children are invited to enter a BMAT competition to come up with an exciting invention to celebrate . Please see video below for full details. There will be prizes for the overall ! Come on Spinney we've got this! https://t.co/dhULEERmJh

22/02/21

New & exciting physical activities for each individual year group have been added to our website: https://t.co/9c0QsIizbN. These games can be enjoyed daily by the whole family. Have a look at the activities for your year group and give it a go!

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22/02/21

On the last day before half term, the children didn’t lose their focus learning about our Moon and her phases and the Apollo 11 Moon landing. They showed some great engineering and design skills when designing and building rovers for the next moon or Mars missions. https://t.co/u7HvJCBSoM

22/02/21

- Monday 22nd February Celebrate amazing inventions and the upcoming British Science Week with Mr Beaumont. All assemblies can be viewed on our website at https://t.co/plBmwGKo4A https://t.co/M4tVkRkvig

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Healthy Schools

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 ‘A healthy school seeks to provide a healthy environment that engages all – children & young people, staff, parents/carers and the wider community through a whole school approach.’

(Essex Healthy Schools)

At Cooks Spinney Primary Academy and Nursery we promote life-long physical and mental health in a variety of ways.             

PE

PE

  • All pupils have a wide experience of a range of sports and activities. PE lessons provide basketball, football, dodgeball, hockey, netball, fitness, cricket, rounders, tennis, athletics, team building, outdoor education, gymnastics, yoga, dance and multi skills and swimming. A PE curriculum map makes sure the students experience a range of activities so as to find which they would like to pursue in an afterschool club (ASC) at Cooks Spinney or outside school.
  • Lunchtime time activities include skipping, basketball, climbing frame, table tennis. Other traditional play time equipment is available such as footballs and goals, netball, hoopla hoops & cricket equipment. CSA offers football & basketball at lunchtimes for the full hour supervised by PE staff on a rota system.
  • All Cooks Spinney children run the Mile A Day every morning which is a fantastic whole school achievement.
  • An extensive programme of free after school clubs catered for over 504 students in over 19 clubs in the first 2 terms. The clubs are run by external coaches from local sports clubs as well as the PE staff.  These clubs include netball, cheerleading, dance, hockey, tennis, football, tag rugby, gymnastics, indoor athletics, Change 4 Life, rounders, cricket, athletics, archery, tennis, new age kurling, boccia, dodgeball, basketball, cross country running, judo providing many opportunities to practice in a more focused environment.
  • 205 children have represented Cooks Spinney in BMAT & Harlow sports events and multicultural dance festival, with opportunities for B, C & D teams.
  • Teams reached the Harlow finals in dodgeball, badminton, basketball & hockey.
  • The PE team of co-ordinator, instructor & apprentice have all had training this year in gymnastics & dance from the Royal Opera House to improve the range and quality of PE lessons.
  • Cooks Spinney entered 8 children to the Harlow Festival of Dance for the first time.
  • 83% of all year 6 can swim competently and confidently. Our school has won the gold award over 4 years in a row which means Platinum is the next award to achieve in 2020/2021 which would be amazing.
  • We also use our Cooks Spinney vision of reaching for the stars by using the 5 stars stickers to promote positivity in lessons and throughout the school. We use all 5 of the star stickers which are Altruistic, Articulate, Adventurous, Ambitious and Adaptable. We allow peers & teachers to choose those who deserve a sticker, they also must explain why so that the students achieving it understands why they were chosen.. The children respond really well to them & are proud to receive the sticker as an award or effort point!

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All of our children participate in a wide range of activities in PE lessons and in extra-curricular clubs.

Online resources:

A link to the events we run all year on our PE blog page.

A link to PE activities and a PE home learning page.

Free active families link from Getset4pe.

PSHE, RSE and SEMH

Personal, social, health, economic education – known collectively as the subject, PSHE is a unique subject that builds character and resilience, which are the key contributors in overcoming adversity and creating social mobility. It aims to give young people the confidence that they can achieve amazing things, teaching them to cope with the challenges that life brings and recognise their achievements – because they each have their own, unique potential to fulfil.

 

PSHE is a subject through which students develop the knowledge, skills and attributes they need to keep themselves healthy and safe, and prepare for life and work in modern Britain.  Children in key stage 1 and 2 engage in lessons from our scheme of work which has three core themes: Health and Wellbeing, Relationships, and Living in the Wider World. 

 

From September 2020, schools across the UK have also adopted RSE (Relationships and Sex education).  RSE is about the emotional, social and cultural development of pupils, and involves learning about relationships, sexual health, sexuality, healthy lifestyles, diversity and personal identity. RSE involves a combination of sharing information, and exploring issues and values. RSE is not about the promotion of sexual activity.  At Cooks Spinney Primary Academy and Nursery, Relationships and Sex education is built into our PSHE curriculum.  Please look at our PSHE scheme of work and our RSE Policy for further information in the page documents below.

 

Strong social, emotional and mental health (SEMH) is key to leading a happy, fulfilled and independent life.  Please visit our mental health and wellbeing webpage to see what we do at school to support and promote this amongst our pupils, families and staff.

 

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Part of the PSHE curriculum is understanding how to stay safe and who we can ask for help.  We have had lessons from the Fire Service, Essex Air Ambulance, road safety and first aid lessons and our year 6 attend Crucial Crew, which help them with their transition to secondary school.

 

RSE at home with parents - Learn about what Mandatory RSE means for your child or young person.

Online course - 25th February 2021 10.00am-11.00am

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/rse-at-home-with-parents-primary-essex-only-tickets-125349572947

 

Online course -19th March 2021 6.30pm-7.30pm

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/rse-at-home-with-parents-primary-essex-only-tickets-125350527803

PUPIL VOICE

We value our pupils’ thoughts, feelings and ideas about how our school should be run.  Each year, every class elects a representative who participates in our Junior Leadership Team.  This group meets regularly to discuss matters of concern or interest that are then passed onto the Senior Leadership Team. 

 

In 2019, our Junior Leadership Team were invited to the Houses of Parliament by Harlow’s MP, Robert Halfon, to see how their adult counterparts worked!

 

Our JLT also participates in the Multi-Schools Council every term.  This is a group of SEND and mainstream schools that work together to ensure that every child has a voice and works on breaking down perceptions towards children with SEND and mental health difficulties in schools and their wider communities.

https://www.multischoolscouncil.org.uk/  

 

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Our Junior Leadership Team visiting Parliament in the autumn term 2019.

 

SCIENCE

Science

Through the science curriculum, children learn the importance of being healthy. The curriculum covers different aspects in order to maintain a healthy lifestyle. When children start to learn about science, they are introduced to different types of food when they explore the five senses. By the end of Key Stage 1, children understand the basic needs of feeding, drinking and breathing in order to survive. They are introduced to the term “balanced diet” and begin to explore the correct amount of each food type that should be consumed. Alongside this, children learn about the importance of exercise and the effects it has on their bodies. Finally, children are taught how to maintain good hygiene in order to prevent illnesses and infections.

 

Children’s understanding is further developed in Year 3 when they learn about the different nutrients the body needs to stay healthy. They understand that certain foods may contain more than one type of nutrient.  In Year 4, children apply their knowledge of nutrients and discover what happens to nutrients when they are digested. By the end of Key Stage 2, children understand the impact diet, exercise and lifestyle has on the way their body functions.

 

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Children learn about how they grow and change and how they can maintain a healthy lifestyle with good hygiene and healthy eating.

 

Online resources:

This website is full of different activities for healthy eating:

https://campaignresources.phe.gov.uk/schools/topics/healthy-eating/resources?page=2

PAST EVENTS

Cooks Spinney Primary Healthy Schools Week, 8th-12th February 2021

Smoothie Bowl                                Smoothie Challenge                      

                                    

Raspberry and blueberry Eagles Fruit Fancy Owls
Blueberry and Raspberry  Farrell's Enemy & Eagles Fruit Fancy Owls Smoothie Bowl

 

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Mango, Strawberry and Apple Sibling Smoothie Ms Jordan's Smoothie Bowl

 

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1.Make it....2. mix it....3. drink it......gone!

                  

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