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During their lesson today, year 6 pupils learned about how characteristics are inherited. Then they carried out a breeding programme and created . https://t.co/9QkirD0b3o

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A few more Still Life compositions showing developing shading techniques from today’s year 6 classes. https://t.co/glTeumo55U

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Developing shading technique and skills was in full force in the Art room today. Here is a small selection of Still Life compositions year 6 produced in their Art time today. https://t.co/VsIzkVgPbs


Reminder - the tuck shop and raffle ticket sales will be held this Thursday (25th November) after school until 4.15pm in the dining hall rather than Friday due to our inset day.

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Plenty of spots here on our Pudsey fans! Cooks Spinney Primary Academy's non-uniform day is raising money for BBC Children in Need https://t.co/eUvqreabSH


Pumpkin News Year 1 Exciting news - Pumpkin Debbie is now a majestic 12cm tall!

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Rabbits class won skittles the monkey for having the tidiest classroom last week. He is cuddled up with Mr Rabbit overseeing the children’s learning. Well done Rabbits https://t.co/fiyTYuSGFh

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Well done to our amazing football team who came 3rd out of 37 teams, they narrowly missed out on the win on point difference. So proud of the attitude & work rate of our students. https://t.co/TCge1M0VI7

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Rabbits (Year 4) love their Art Assemblies. Just look at some of their fabulous drawings from some of the two most recent assemblies – Peter Rabbit and the Poppies for Remembrance Day. https://t.co/7VUDSLxb19

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It's all about Still Life in Art for KS2 with G O’Keefe & P Cezanne inspiring pupils – flowers, skulls & vases etc are on hand for our budding artists to use as a focus. Drawing objects is challenging but the pupils are rising to the challenge and should be proud of themselves. https://t.co/jbaFSRIcFJ

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Year 5 dropped everything and read together as a whole year group. Everyone enjoyed the session. https://t.co/iGlJaglw69

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In Thursday’s Assembly we honoured Remembrance Day with the focus on drawing poppies in 15 mins. Pupils from years 1 to 6 once again showed incredible focus & resilience, drawing some fabulous poppies. See below for a selection of truly astounding efforts. https://t.co/7yzo17Kh0Q

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Our Boccia and Kurling teams played fantastic games at the tournament at the this week and are looking forward to playing again soon. Well done to everyone that took part! https://t.co/0q4EPkZ5mC

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The Girls Football Team played 6 games last Friday and played brilliantly, only defeated by the winning team that had a pupil who plays with Arsenal! That just goes to show how high a standard our girls played. https://t.co/pOPcnRfn7D

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Look at these fantastic homework projects in Owls class ranging from Viking/Saxon Shields, Researching Sutton Hoo and Fact Files on David Attenborough. Well done Owls! https://t.co/OJecYe9QAc

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Christmas Soccer School! 🎅⚽️ are running a programme on 20/21 Dec for children aged 4 - 13. For more details and to book: https://t.co/UEouKfDD03 https://t.co/ozQCaUV0ut

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Our boys years 5 & 6 football team is playing in the finals today against seven other schools at Mark Hall. They played amazingly well last week to qualify for today's finals and we wish them all the luck in the world. https://t.co/StmT2CTsF5

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Year 1 Pumpkin Update. Exciting times in Year 1. The pumpkin seed had a growth spurt overnight. It now measures 5cm in height and has been re-potted! Today the children will vote on a name for the pumpkin. More news to follow! https://t.co/WXETsqqsS7

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Behaviour & Relationships

Cooks Spinney has four principles for relationships and behaviour which underpin 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/ 


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.


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.’


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 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)




  • 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. 





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.


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
  • Golden Sentence Award
  • Any sporting awards (presented by the PE Team)


A 'Class of the Week' award is also given to the class walking around school sensibly, lining up quietly, and displaying acts of the school values. 

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