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30/11/22

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Our friends at are hosting a Santa's Grotto 🎅 at the GPCA in Harlow on 10th December. Full info and booking on https://t.co/RAbXDxVPwx https://t.co/RgZ6IsZ1CO

24/11/22

Year 3 artists had an amazing time at the National Gallery seeing Van Gogh's Sunflowers, Rousseau (the tiger painting) Stubb's horse and much more. Their behaviour was exemplary and were a credit to the school. Please click on the link for a short video. https://t.co/xWAyTEoSKe

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17/11/22

England Rocks at Cooks Spinney! https://t.co/WqyMn4JwEV

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04/11/22

Year 5 enjoyed a visit from Science Horizon today. They had great fun learning about the Space race, meteorites, exploring the Solar System and astronaut training. https://t.co/mDwjSOAwJo

01/11/22

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📢 We're Hiring! (Harlow) have a vacancy for an SEMH Manager 📄 For application details, please visit our website https://t.co/kWD1Wh2hYq

21/10/22

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📢 We're Hiring! (Harlow) have a vacancy for a Class Teacher 📄 For application details, please visit our website https://t.co/zLlOvy9g62

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21/10/22

Today we are celebrating the hard work that Squirrels Class have put into their first half term of Year 1. Here are some pictures of their fantastic homework projects. Well done Squirrels! https://t.co/eY2CBP3vgG

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20/10/22

In Science Year 1s are learning all about the 5 senses. Last Friday they investigated taste. They tried a selection of different foods and decided whether they thought they were sweet, salty, umami or sour. https://t.co/Vc1PK8GDJL

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19/10/22

Year 4 had a fantastic time at Colchester Castle on Friday, building a Roman villa and roundhouse. More pictures are on the school website - Image Galleries - Cooks Spinney Primary Academy & Nursery (https://t.co/QQNuaAKICX) https://t.co/aq4Q44ODcH

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14/10/22

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👋 Are you ready for BMAT? ✅ View our current vacancies on our website - https://t.co/GJjumrvddf https://t.co/CoBUsn4lkF

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14/10/22

📢 Sign up now to the Multi-Activity Holiday Camp held at this half-term to be entered into a prize draw! 🥇 Family Trip to Legoland Windsor 🥈Family adventure to Go Ape 🥉Family tickets to Vue Cinema Book here: https://t.co/VBjNvaSiqU https://t.co/exEHSZTtJQ

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30/09/22

Hello all, Futsal one of the teams came 3rd and our other team got through to the finals & played amazingly. Table tennis students learnt to play a new competitive sport. One team came in 4th place and received certificates. Our other team came 3rd and receive bronze medals. https://t.co/pnQnlqpCIF

30/09/22

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"This is about us, as a Trust, making provision for children with SEND as simple and as impactful as possible." BMAT is overhauling its curriculum focus to ensure children with SEND are at the forefront of education. https://t.co/hPqM7iPloq

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13/09/22

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Monday 19th September, the date of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II’s State Funeral, will be a national bank holiday. Our schools will be closed on this date. Schools will resume at normal time on Tuesday 20th September. https://t.co/DJ2PVRmbKD

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09/09/22

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BMAT and our schools are incredibly saddened to hear of the passing of Her Majesty The Queen and we would like to extend our sincerest condolences to the Royal Family at this time of national mourning. https://t.co/lPaBCTyGlX

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08/09/22

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📢TONIGHT! It's Our Open Evening 🏫Burnt Mill Academy 🗓️Thursday 8th September ⏰5pm - 8:30pm 📚We are looking forward to welcoming prospective students and families to our school https://t.co/QsSDbbzrE0

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06/09/22

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📢OPEN EVENING ANNOUNCEMENT 🏫Burnt Mill Academy 🗓️Thursday 8th September ⏰5pm - 8:30pm 📚We are looking forward to welcoming prospective students and families to our school https://t.co/QBX1sGVY36

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02/09/22

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📢OPEN EVENTS FOR OUR ESSEX SECONDARY SCHOOLS 🗓️For Sept 2023 Year 7 intake 🔴 8 Sept pm 🟢 15 Sept pm 🟡 17 Sept am 🔵 20 Sept pm 🟠 22 Sept pm We're looking forward to meeting our prospective students and families👋 https://t.co/WR3pw6wwHE

13/07/22

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📢 We're Hiring! (Harlow) have a vacancy for an Office Assistant (37 hours per week) 📄 For a job description and application details, please visit our website https://t.co/5m0Pf33uWb

13/07/22

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📢 We're Hiring! (Harlow) have a vacancy for an Office Assistant (20 hours per week) 📄 For a job description and application details, please visit our website https://t.co/vhCVUlQHsW

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Behaviour & Relationships

Cooks Spinney has four principles for relationships and behaviour which underpin our approach:

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THE AIMS OF OUR APPROACH

Cooks Spinney Primary Academy and Nursery are committed to the idea that every child matters:

 

  • We aim to encourage a positive attitude to learning within a safe, happy environment.
  • We promote high expectations and enable pupils to become independent responsible learners.
  • We encourage a sense of respect for our community and our environment.
  • We believe that clear, consistent routines and systems are essential to support children’s development and ensure the health, safety and wellbeing of everyone in our school community.
  • Cooks Spinney and BMAT are committed to the prevention of all forms of bullying – This is outlined further in the BMAT Behaviour policy and BMAT Anti-bullying policy available here - www.bmat-trust.org/ 

A RESTORATIVE PROCESS

Restorative approaches encourage pupils to think not only of the consequences of their behaviour on themselves, but also to consider the impact of their actions on others. The process at Cooks Spinney is based on four questions, which staff have on their ID lanyards for reference:

 

 

These questions also form the basis of our ‘Reflection Sheet’. Pupils are asked to complete refection sheets following incidents.

 

Restorative processes do not shy away from applying consequences, such as loss of privileges, but focus on the need to take responsibility an find a constructive way forward for all concerned such as a sincere apology followed by an act of kindness.  

 

It must be remembered that pupils will not be ready to engage in reflection until they are in a calm state. To help pupils return to a calm state, staff avoid raising voices or passing immediate judgement. Staff remaining calm will enable pupils to return to a calm state much more quickly; then the reflection and learning process can begin.  

 

At Cooks Spinney, pupils should always have the opportunity to reflect on their actions without judgment. They are then given the chance to put things right through mediation and discussion.

 

The impact of this approach is evident in the relationships forged throughout the school. The strategies involved, which include active listening, respectful discussion and taking ownership of issues, result in a positive ethos.

THE POWER OF RELATIONSHIPS

At Cooks Spinney, staff are nurturing, responsive and reliable to pupils. By building positive relationships with pupils, staff can: raise self-esteem, deal with unwanted behaviour in a constructive and non-confrontational manner, and help pupils feel valued and secure. 

 

Bruce Perry (2017) states – ‘The more healthy relationships a child has, the more likely they will be to thrive. Relationships are the agents of change and the most powerful therapy is human love.’

THE POWER OF ROUTINES

Routines allow our pupils to feel secure and safe. Research shows, when children feel secure and safe, they are more resilient and better equipped to cope with stress. Cooks Spinney promotes routines across the school day including the use of visual timetables in every classroom.

 

At the start of the school day (an important time for pupils to settle), Cooks Spinney uses a securing routine of; register, free breakfast, daily mile and assembly before the main lessons begin at 9.30am. For most pupils, this routine adds to their feeling of security and will proactively reduce stress and anxiety which may lead to unwanted behaviour.

EFFORT POINTS, ACHIEVEMENT APPLES AND OTHER REWARDS

EFFORT POINTS AND APPLES  

 

Effort points are rewarded at the class teacher's discretion for children making a positive move forward in their learning or behaviour.

 

Teachers are responsible for keeping a record of effort points awarded for each pupil and updating pupils on their progress.

 

Effort points are converted into Pips. Pupils are rewarded stickers by their Teacher or Head Teacher for each Pip.

 

Three Pips lead to an Achievement Apple (a pin badge pupils can proudly wear on their school uniform). 

 

Achievement Apples (in the form of pin badges) are awarded in Friday's Achievement Assembly and families are invited along to share this special award. Peers are invited to stand up and tell the whole school why the person deserves their apple.  

 

As a guide, apples are generally awarded in the following year groups, however this will depend upon behaviour and attitude to learning for each individual pupil:

 

Reception – Purple Apple

Year 1 – Yellow Apple

Year 2 – Orange Apple

Year 3 – Green Apple

Year 4 – Red Apple

Year 5 – Silver Apple

Year 6 – Gold Apple (+ Privilege Card for exceptional behaviour)

 

HOW EFFORT POINTS ACCUMULATE 

 

  • 3 x pips awarded by the Teacher leads to a sticker 1, awarded by Class Teacher.

  • 3 x pips awarded by the Teacher leads to a sticker 2, awarded by Head of Key Stage.

  • 3 x pips awarded by the Teacher leads to a sticker 3. At sticker 3 – the pupil comes to the Head Teacher to receive a Sticker 3 and an invitation to receive their apple pin badge.

  • An invitation is sent home to parents, via the child, to come to the Friday achievement Assembly for the presentation.

 

The system repeats itself so there are 3 stickers throughout the year (roughly one per term), leading to the next colour apple, finally to the golden apple, by Year 5 or 6.

 

Once a pupil has achieved a golden apple, they are entitled to earn, via three more pips, a privilege card from the Headteacher. 

 

 

OTHER 'IN-CLASS' REWARDS

 

Although our main form of reward and recognition is effort points, we allow teachers the autonomy to manage their classrooms in the best way they feel meets the needs of their pupils. Therefore, you may see teachers and support staff using ‘in-class’ systems such as table points, notes home etc.

WEEKLY ACHIEVEMENT ASSEMBLY 

Each week, the school praises children for effort and hard work during Friday’s Achievement assembly.

 

Children are chosen by staff to receive awards for the following:

 

  • School Values Award (Gold Book)
  • Achievement Apples and Privilege Cards
  • Any sporting awards (presented by the PE Team)
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