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Ducks class having Fun Forest Friday time for the last visit this academic year. https://t.co/JaZGHiXhUy

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This Summer's Reading Challenge has a nature theme to inspire children to engage with environmental issues. Do you accept this exciting 2021 challenge? Please do let us know how you get on. We would love to see your certificates. https://t.co/kMqlswz7vA

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Ladybirds 🐞 have been busy this half-term with their homework projects. We have had hot air balloons, visits to air fields, songs written and new modes of transport created. Thank you for your effort! 👏👏👏 https://t.co/BkV8KNOhsJ

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Frogs and Otters out in the forest area of school today. https://t.co/GGWlJp2qn3

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Squirrels Class thoroughly enjoyed making AND tasting a fruit salad this week. They were all adventurous and tried lots of new ones. Mango was definitely a favourite! Looks delicious Squirrels 🍏🍎🍐🍊🍋🍓🍉🍇🍌 https://t.co/8PIbGUvQCH

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We had a fantastic day of sunshine for the year 4 belated sports day on Tuesday. Students were split into teams of 10 with 6 stations of various activities. Every child received a medal🏅 for their efforts! More photos of this event can be viewed at: https://t.co/N0ZuHdN6Lo https://t.co/8Kt9gcXHx6

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Year 5 having great fun erupting their volcanos. A great way to finish off their topic of ‘Violent Planet’! https://t.co/gG3NZpS5CQ

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There’s nothing like a supercar to inspire children to focus on their studies. 🚗 Pupils at Cooks Spinney Primary Academy have been learning about car design and building their own models. As part of their work, they were visited by a Lamborghini. https://t.co/yeWfGcQJH2 https://t.co/KopUFZK1nG

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We're Hiring! 🎉 We have a variety of catering roles available in our primary and secondary schools in Harlow (Essex). 🧑‍🍳 Full details of our Cook Supervisor and Catering Assistant roles can be seen on https://t.co/GJjumrMOBP https://t.co/iSdR9aoZZ8

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Out Now! 🌟 The new issue of Latitude - The magazine for BMAT Schools, Parents and Communities. Read it online here - https://t.co/aqc2Xy6VVz https://t.co/KdyaAhJ1Aq

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Today pupils are taking part in 'Green Day' & raising awareness of how we can recycle, help reduce litter & use alternatives to single-use plastic. The Yr 3 podcast grp spent some time litter picking the school field & Yr 2 helped clean up the nature area. https://t.co/HiGGra4q4p https://t.co/3OkSFPlk2D

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Year 6, we couldn't let you go without saying how very proud we are of all of you. The articulate speeches, fantastic singing and spectacular dance moves were an absolute joy. Thank you for joining us for this morning's Leavers' Assembly. More pics at: https://t.co/VWUQLbX9vh https://t.co/is7UTB0D9f

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Lost Words 2 day Art and Creativity project Year 6 are so proud of their Kingfishers and justly so – inspired by the kingfisher illustration by in the Lost Words. Created using watercolours and pastels and their very own individual creative sparks. https://t.co/uVB1TcSqtH

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Lost Words Art & Creativity Days – Last week, children focused on their creative side during Art & Creativity days all centred around the beautiful book Lost Words by Robert MacFarlane & Jackie Morris. Ladybirds wrote a poem & used water paints to create these wonderful Magpies https://t.co/RT1OWBDCb5

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Sports Day 2021! The weather was glorious & the children had a fabulous time competing in last week's Sports Day. Congratulations to our winners, Squirrels(KS1) & Foxes(KS2) & well done to everyone for your efforts. For more photos: https://t.co/hiRiuIA8Hx https://t.co/bcifrSxWwZ https://t.co/tyariszjZO

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We're proud to announce that we are joining the as part of the launch of a new and exciting campaign 🎉 We have a variety of Free taster sessions for Over 65s Families and Kids🥊 Find our schedule and booking links on https://t.co/xbEiNSp1Cr https://t.co/wtxZsZoGGv

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Today was the day that Pixie Class released their butterflies into the wild. Bye bye little butterflies from all of our Pixies! 🦋 https://t.co/3gYNqVYU2c

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This week it's crunch time for carrots! Has your child joined the campaign yet? Please keep sharing your pics of the children tucking into their vegetables for our website https://t.co/8PTCk3M3e3 https://t.co/yVFxY502u7

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We are very excited to announce that the 1st episode of Cooks Spinney Podcast is now available on our website at https://t.co/ZSjVALNjAn. Some of our yr 5 pupils got together to research 'litter'& were fortunate enough to interview the Harlow Wombles. We hope you enjoy episode1! https://t.co/xiMwIs2sq4

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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)

Cooks Spinney Primary Academy and Nursery is an accrediated Healthy School.This means we promote life-long physical and mental health in a variety of ways.             



  • 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.


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 view our PSHE scheme of work and our RSE Policy below for further information. 


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RSE Policy


Further RSE Resources for Parents


Frequently asked parent questions and answers:



Government parent guide to RSE in schools:



Useful links for talking to your child about Relationship and Sex Education:





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.


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.



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




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:



Our school is supporting the Eat Them to Defeat Them campaign to encourage children to eat more vegetables.  It's award winning and proven to make eating vegetables more fun.  The campaign has been created by Veg Power in partnership with ITV, Channel 4 and Sky and is supported by 10 supermarkets, food labels and other media brands, celebrities and chefs.  

Please look out for the reward charts and sticker packs in school bags.  To find out more and for great recipes and expert tips please go to www.EatThemToDefeatThem.com

We'll be asking for pupils to send in photos for our website of them eating the vegetables each week and would like them to send in their favourite ways to serve them up.  

Our pupil packs were kindly funded by Abbey View, a vegetable grower in Waltham Abbey. 


Butterflies class have been busy creating posters to remind everyone to eat more vegetables. 

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Green Day 8th July 2021

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

Smoothie Bowl                                Smoothie Challenge                      


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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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