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13/04/21

Congratulations to the winners of the March Maths Challenge-Lewis in Owls & Lainey in Eagles. Here are the April challenges that can also be viewed at: https://t.co/KP0QYbrT2k Children can enter 1 or all 3 of these optional challenges to be in with a chance of winning a prize! https://t.co/dnmMbmhkKo

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06/04/21

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BMAT have a vacancy for an Estates & Facilities Assistant working across our Primary and Secondary Schools in Harlow, Essex. For more information visit https://t.co/MNldj0Ml52 https://t.co/ifinsNm5Gg

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26/03/21

Here we have the very first winners of the new ‘Mathematicians of the Month’ award proudly showing off their new badges. Well done to you both! https://t.co/ru6Q4pfqys

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26/03/21

Some fantastic Easter baking going on in the school kitchen today. We think that the children will be looking forward to their lunch today and a little excited to maybe win an Easter egg or bunny! https://t.co/04dM4mclpF

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25/03/21

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BMAT has appointed a director to ensure children with special educational needs and disabilities achieve their full potential. Marios Solomonides takes up post of Director of SEND with a mission to remove all barriers faced by children within BMAT schools. https://t.co/jWIcjKLtxl https://t.co/hsWxgX4m7z

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23/03/21

Spring is sprung, Easter is nearly here and pupils have been busy bringing these beautiful daffodils to life with Ms Clausen. https://t.co/TzSu4euwU6

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22/03/21

Would any year 6 pupils be interested in free taster netball sessions at Mark Hall Sports Centre? Please see details below for how to pre-register. https://t.co/GUULZWzimo

18/03/21

A reminder that tomorrow is Red Nose Day and non-uniform for pupils! Let's have some fun and raise money to support people living incredibly tough lives. https://t.co/GL2a6KY0Sf

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17/03/21

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We are looking forward to reopening Mark Hall Sports Centre in line with the lifting of lockdown restrictions. For our full announcement and information on an online public meeting chaired by please visit: https://t.co/SJXzvhi9ci https://t.co/uKAStczrEh

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17/03/21

eSafety workshop with for parents this evening. https://t.co/tkJR9Fzurr

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17/03/21

Young scientists met after school yesterday for their first club of the term. They looked at the centre of gravity and solved the problem of how to get their clowns to balance on a tightrope or finger. Great work year 2! https://t.co/OWFDSYvmYw

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15/03/21

We are so excited to share these pictures of our fancy new posts and our very own sets! We can't wait to see the children putting the new equipment to good use. Our future sporting champions need to practise their skills! 🏹#FutureChampions https://t.co/m8lVubfgIU

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12/03/21

Year 5 have made some hope leaves to go on our tree of hope this week. The class were asked to write down their hopes for the future. The children really enjoyed thinking of the exciting things to look forward to after the pandemic. https://t.co/aPVR4q2USe

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12/03/21

A huge thank you to Mr W-P, a science teacher from Birchwood High School in Bishop's Stortford, for his donation of brand new lab coats. We think our year 6s look super cool in them 😎! https://t.co/vYZe8hv1wB

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11/03/21

Children are being shown how to make their bed, to hoover, set the dinner table and sort the recycling – by their school teachers. Teachers at Cooks Spinney have released a series of video tutorials to help their pupils to develop life skills. https://t.co/HPsDV9sDMF https://t.co/h336QaARRp

11/03/21

We still have spaces left for our September 2021 Nursery. If your child was born between 1/9/17&31/8/18 then they are eligible for a place. Please email nurseryadmin.org.uk to contact us. Click below to see what our Pixies get up to! https://t.co/L8IzVof6Tu

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10/03/21

Year 6 managed to successfully escape from the forest by using their mathematical skills to crack the code. Super six sleuths!🕵️‍♀️ https://t.co/26NLCckTVV

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10/03/21

Monthly challenges are helping children to build a love and talent for reading, writing and maths. Pupils in all year groups at Cooks Spinney Primary Academy are set monthly challenges to give them alternative ways to indulge in the key skills. https://t.co/Op7aa2xKrF https://t.co/f4aaAWTBQe

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09/03/21

Year 6 pupils from Wolves class enjoyed the lovely weather this afternoon whilst reading and colouring in our nature area. https://t.co/Wb2o7yCS2V

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09/03/21

Teachers took part in a classic party game to inspire children to read. As part of , 23 teachers at Cooks Spinney Primary Academy played Pass the Story to capture pupils’ attention. https://t.co/00gqUjNstK https://t.co/WniZmsu7QL

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Monthly challenges boost reading, writing and maths skills

Monthly challenges boost reading, writing and maths skills

Posted: 10th March 2021

Monthly challenges are helping children to build a love and talent for reading, writing and maths.

Pupils in all year groups at Cooks Spinney Primary Academy are set monthly challenges to give them alternative ways to indulge in the key skills.

Maths challenges have included open-ended investigations, completing 30 challenges in 30 days and going on a maths treasure hunt.

Maths lead Jess Farrell said: “It has been great to see children completing these challenges, even during home learning.

“The aims of the challenges are to build a love for maths and to help pupils to have a stronger conceptual understanding of connections between different mathematical ideas.

“We have seen an increase in interest in maths, due to pupils discovering new approaches from the challenges.”

In writing, challenges have included writing a 500-word story using a suggested introduction, while in reading pupils have been challenged to read in the bath or set up a book display in their bedroom to give them somewhere to go for reading inspiration.

Magdalena Dackombe, English curriculum lead, said: “Each month, pupils are introduced to a variety of reading challenges, which encourage them to read more books and read different kinds of books. The idea is for children to expand their reading horizons by seeking out books they might not typically pick up. Our reluctant readers might make a game out of finding and reading new books. Reading challenges open their eyes to the world of literature, build up confidence, enhance their reading life and allow them to discover a whole new way of enjoying books.

“To boost our pupils’ creativity, develop their writing skills and fire their imagination, each month we set a writing challenge to write a short story prompted by an image and a story starter. We want to help our pupils to develop their writing skills and unlock their creativity.

“The pupils benefit from these challenges as we're pushing them out of their comfort zone by asking them to produce work in a different form.”

Pupils who complete the challenges are awarded with a book and a certificate.

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