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17/09/21

We are delighted to resume Hot Chocolate Fridays whereby children are selected from each class to enjoy hot chocolate and biscuits in celebration of a successful week. Mr Beaumont hosted today's event. Look out for next week's post. Have a great weekend https://t.co/C8iI4pAWkG

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17/09/21

This week, year 4 had an experience day and learnt all about South Africa to help them with their writing in English, they are currently reading - Journey to Jo’ Burg. They took part in various activities including dancing and playing musical instruments. Super effort year 4! https://t.co/zSpAKM3FTq

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15/09/21

Pupils are in for a treat when our school library reopens tomorrow-100 Books To Read Before You Leave Primary School. Fantastic books for children of all ages, old&new, classics&recently published. These books are sure to inspire more reading & a love of books for years to come. https://t.co/AUODugZx8V

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13/09/21

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Just over a week to go! We're looking forward to welcoming the local community into our school for our open evening on Tuesday 21st Sept 6pm-8pm Rebuilt Relaunched Ready For You https://t.co/Zs9dLplOug

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10/09/21

Last week at Cooks Spinney we celebrated International Literacy Day and our reception pupils made their own bookmarks and practised writing their own name. https://t.co/cT7Lm3ivhx

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10/09/21

Please meet the two recipients of achievement certificates this week from our new Reception classes! Certificates are issued during Friday assemblies in recognition of the children's efforts in following the 5A school values. What an excellent start to the school year!👏👏👏 https://t.co/LiCw6bgk13

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07/09/21

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We're looking forward to welcoming the local community into our school for our open evening on Tuesday 21st Sept 6pm-8pm Rebuilt Relaunched Ready For You https://t.co/c08kLdHnLt

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07/09/21

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We're looking forward to welcoming families into our school for our Open Evening this Thursday 5pm - 8:30pm. https://t.co/4sI7lKofC5

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19/07/21

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

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19/07/21

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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19/07/21

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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15/07/21

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

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15/07/21

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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15/07/21

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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15/07/21

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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12/07/21

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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08/07/21

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08/07/21

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08/07/21

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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Behaviour & Relationships

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

 

 

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
  • Golden Sentence Award
  • Pen Licence Award (KS2)
  • 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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