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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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English is taught using our set texts for each year group. These texts have been selected specifically for our curriculum. 

The criteria for choosing the set texts are; cultural capital, challenge, vocabulary, variation and conceptual richness. We also consider how these texts build upon knowledge and concepts year after year. 

Here’s one example: Aesop’s Fables is read in year 1 - a culturally important, challenging text that teaches us that stories contain messages. This then leads to The Velveteen Rabbit in year 2 which moves us from moral to theme, and from fable to short story. This leads to Charlottes's Web in year 3 which develops the themes found in The Velveteen Rabbit i.e. the transformative power of love and is culturally significant and challenging. This then leads to Philip Pullman’s Clockwork in year 4; again the book develops the theme of love's transformative power but also introduces a contemporary writer and a meta-story within a story (an idea that will come up again and again in fiction). Ultimately, this reading route can carry our pupils to the most complex texts ever written.

Our Literacy Canon 

Please see below for a list of our set texts for the current academic year. A copy of each book will be provided to pupils for English lessons but we also encourage pupils to explore these texts at home. 

Year 1 

The Way Back Home by Oliver Jeffers (2007)

Pirate Stories by Emma Young (2007)

The Story Tree by Hugh Lipton (2005)

Aesop's Fables retold by Michael Morpurgo (2004)

Amazing Grace by Mary Hoffman (1990)

Selected Poems

Year 2

Poems on a Happy Theme - Selected Poets

Winnie the Pooh by A.A. Milne (1921)

The Enchanted Wood by Enid Blyton (1939)

Greek Myths retold by Geraldine McCaughrean (1993)

Look Inside Space by Rob Lloyd Jones (2012)

The Day the Crayons Quit by Drew Daywalt (2014)

The Velveteen Rabbit by Margery Williams (1922)

Year 3 

The Iron Man by Ted Hughes (1968)

Traditional Tales by Various Authors

Charlotte's Web by E.B. White (1952)

Still I Rise by Maya Angelou (1978)

The River by Valerie Bloom (2000)

Beowulf retold by Rob Lloyd Jones (2009)

The Street Beneath my Feet by Charlotte Guillain (2017)

Year 4 

Journey to Johannesburg by Beverley Naidoo (1985)

Alice's Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll (1865)

The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis (1950)

Roman Diary – the Journal of Iliona – a Young Slave by Richard Platt (2014)

Clockwork by Philip Pullman (1996)

The Malfeasance by Alan Bond (1990)

Year 5 

Esperanza Rising by Pam Muñoz Ryan (2000)

The Raven by Edgar Allan Poe (1845)

Kick! by Mitch Johnson (2017)

Holes by Louis Sacher (1998)

Tom's Midnight Garden by Phillipa Pearce (1958)

Kensuke's Kingdom by Michael Morpurgo (1999)

Year 6  

Skellig by David Almond (1998)

The Rime of the Ancient Mariner by Samuel Taylor Coleridge (1798)

A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness (2011)

The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman (2008)

Letters From The Lighthouse by Emma Carroll (2017)

Selected Speeches including Martin Luther King and Malala Yousafzai


The Write Stuff 

In KS2, writing is taught using the highly successful 'The Write Stuff' approach by Jane Considine. This method allows pupils to improve their oracy and widen their vocabulary in every lesson, whilst deepening their understanding of writing choices. For more information about this approach, please click here


Specific Areas of Learning

Cooks Spinney's English curriculum focusses on the following areas of learning:

Language Development

We develop pupils’ spoken language, reading, writing and vocabulary as integral aspects of the teaching of every subject. English is both a subject in its own right and the medium for teaching; for pupils, understanding the language provides access to the whole curriculum. Fluency in the English language is an essential foundation for success in all subjects.

Speaking and Listening

Pupils are taught to speak clearly and convey ideas confidently using Standard English. They learn to justify ideas with reasons; ask questions to check understanding; develop vocabulary and build knowledge; negotiate; evaluate and build on the ideas of others; and select the appropriate register for effective communication.

Reading and Writing

Pupils are taught to read fluently, understand extended prose and are encouraged to read for pleasure. Classrooms are well stocked with fiction, non-fiction and poetry books; and we set ambitious expectations for reading at home. Pupils develop the stamina and skills to write at length, with accurate spelling and punctuation. They are taught the correct use of grammar. The writing they do includes narratives, explanations, descriptions, comparisons, summaries and evaluations: such writing supports them in rehearsing, understanding and consolidating what they have heard or read.


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