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14/06/21

Thanks to the outstanding effort by children, parents and staff in the Big Pedal 2021 this year, we have received this poster to celebrate our success. We hope that you & your children continue to enjoy the benefits of active travel. Thank you & well done 👏👏👏 https://t.co/ypNQFs09lr

11/06/21

The British Nutrition Foundation Healthy Eating Week will take place from 14-18 June, taking all of the UK on its ‘Find your healthier you’ journey! There are lots of tips, recipes, healthy choices tracker sheets and activities to try on their website at https://t.co/LyLTLALNEJ

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11/06/21

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BMAT recently appointed a director of to help children to reach their full potential. The former headteacher has started his work by bringing together experts from across the Trust to share best practise. https://t.co/dXL7gGTkgX https://t.co/btrvCXMwsv

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11/06/21

Tomatoes🍅were being defeated in the dinner hall today as pupils got involved with the campaign. Look out sweetcorn it's your turn next week! 🌽#EatMoreVeg https://t.co/Z2u2a8vVKp

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09/06/21

Pixies are very excited with our new arrival of class caterpillars! We can’t wait to watch them grow and become butterflies. 🐛🦋 https://t.co/KZHfn4ZcGe

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08/06/21

Well done to all who entered the May Challenges & huge congratulations to our maths winners: Maci – Ladybirds Violet – Kestrels Jessica-Rose - Otters Olivija – Owls Here we have the June challenges which can also be downloaded from our website https://t.co/KP0QYbrT2k Good luck! https://t.co/FyYF7PcePI

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08/06/21

Here is an example from Ms. Clausen followed by one from each class. 2of3 https://t.co/VDQcHMfxMe

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08/06/21

Our last art assembly before half term was the (male) kingfisher from .15 minutes of intent focus across the school, all drawing at the same time. 350plus kingfishers in all their guises. Each one unique and each one a credit to the budding artist who drew it. 1of3.. https://t.co/F5JbwXYphv

07/06/21

We are supporting the https://t.co/cb5yMoE9hp campaign to encourage children to eat more veg. It's proven to make eating vegetables more fun. Do look out for reward charts & sticker packs in school bags. We'll be asking for pupils to send in photos for our website.

28/05/21

Owls and Foxes have been working so hard on their performance and are now ready to invite you to grab the popcorn, make yourselves comfy and click 'play'. Year 5 proudly present "We'll Meet Again". https://t.co/pr2z7PtrQp

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28/05/21

Year 2 WOW Day for Butterflies! Pupils had a fun-packed day participating in activities relating to their topic of Ancient Greece. They learnt to write their names in Ancient Greek, made a head wreath, created a temple for the gods and goddesses and took part in a mini Olympics. https://t.co/I9nMPTSoOT

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27/05/21

Year 2 WOW Day! Today, Ladybirds tested their memory when learning the Greek Alphabet, created their Olympic wreaths and took part in their own mini Olympics. We even had an Olympic torchbearer. A jolly good time was had by all! https://t.co/69aUIL0pzM

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27/05/21

KS2 pupils used a range of materials to add all the elements required in their unique bridge designs. We have been astounded by the models they have produced - a true display of creative solutions and approaches! https://t.co/zXqpKGtHZY

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26/05/21

Year 1 pupils were very excited to experience a scaled down version of The Great Fire of London today! Thank you to the parents for supplying the buildings (boxes) to burn and thumbs up to Ed for keeping the children safe during the display 🔥 https://t.co/zzr7QRnzRy

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25/05/21

Sprites and Unicorns have loved reading the story of The Rainbow Fish by Marcus Pfister. They each made a special shiny scale to add to the giant Rainbow fish on display to remind the children to always be kind and share with others. https://t.co/zB2vFQ4lua

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25/05/21

Once a week pupils have a whole school art assembly whereby Ms. Clausen guides the children step by step through the stages of drawing a new subject. Below is one example from each class of Daisy the Gecko as drawn by the different year groups from Yr1 up to Yr 6. https://t.co/tEqnANsDHV

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19/05/21

Year 2 Science Club members with their lava lamps that they so carefully made yesterday. What skillful young scientists we have at Cooks Spinney! https://t.co/nTuq5Uybhk

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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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