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25/11/21

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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23/11/21

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

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23/11/21

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

23/11/21

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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19/11/21

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

18/11/21

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

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17/11/21

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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17/11/21

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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16/11/21

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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16/11/21

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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16/11/21

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

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15/11/21

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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12/11/21

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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12/11/21

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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12/11/21

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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12/11/21

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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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12/11/21

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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11/11/21

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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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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