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Schools within BMAT take part in National Skipping Day each year, with sports leaders touring schools encouraging various activities. With the event falling just as lockdown hit earlier this year, the schools revamped the initiative with Skipping Week. https://t.co/sRhlu8KCOU https://t.co/80Fbw2HpXI

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Children from five primary schools competed against each other in their first virtual sports day. The BMAT Rainbow Games challenged pupils at to take on eight tasks over a week. https://t.co/emZ9gwxj60 https://t.co/jv98S1I9HD

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Children created their own structures in junk modelling today and then used natural materials in the Nature Area to make initials. A wonderfully creative way to end the academic year! https://t.co/W37M0NNSqr


Mr Cody challenges you to write a song about your lockdown experiences. A series of short videos will assist you step by step in writing your song with prizes for the best entries! Good luck! https://t.co/Atg1sQn6LD

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We are super proud to see these children enjoying themselves and keeping fit whilst taking part in the Rainbow Sports Day Games at home. Fantastic group effort. Well done to you all! https://t.co/qcagfGrSSZ


A video from Miss Jordan and the PE Team in celebration of the sporting achievements of year 6. What a fantastic year group! https://t.co/S4GHL9C19F

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Ed, our Caretaker, has built some garden feeders on behalf of our key worker children for our incredible kitchen team to say thank you for the delicious meals lovingly prepared during the lockdown. Thank you Ed and thank you to our kitchen team. https://t.co/Rxhdgg5tLV

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Staff have been hard at work clearing the Nature Area ready for September. https://t.co/70HVkBd6eC


For you Year 6, from us. We will miss you all. Enjoy ♥ https://t.co/Hzpxdg5THT


Join us on a Summer Reading Adventure! Looking for a fun-filled celebration of reading that takes young readers on a journey that promises to broaden their reading horizons? Then look no further... https://t.co/zNw1tG1RxL


We couldn't end the school year without holding a virtual sports day! All of the activities are explained and demonstrated in the video. Have a go and let us know how you get on! https://t.co/iSfztj88vH

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These boys were set a challenge by Ms Harris and they exceeded it by running 18 miles over last week. Well done! We are super proud! Their holiday challenge is to run 70 miles. https://t.co/RmIMRkiQGB


If you're feeling brave click the play button. WARNING: this video is very emotional. Please make sure that you are sitting comfortably and have tissues ready. Here is 'Goodbye from Year 6' https://t.co/VDbubpjbrl

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Messy hands at work today creating beautiful clay hedgehogs. Hoping that these clever little artists put in as much effort and concentration into cleaning up! https://t.co/b2l1dVWrXI

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Year 6 have been busy making dream catchers today. Something for them to take away and keep to make all their future dreams come true! Step by step video instructions are available on the school website at https://t.co/lBGpXp9NH3 https://t.co/0Q6gnpchPa


Hello year 5! Soon, you will be in year 6 and the leaders of our school. To get you excited for returning to school in September, the year 6 teachers have recorded the first two chapters of your year 6 English text, Skellig. You can find them at https://t.co/95flXxDxMX.

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Please use the link below to find out your child’s new class teacher for September 2020 via a video message! You will be able to watch the videos from 8am on Wednesday 8th July. https://t.co/I50LhI810l https://t.co/rAyOtT6asX

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The wonderful Ms Clausen has made a video on how to make your very own dream catcher. In case you missed it, there is also a video explaining how to draw this dragon. These videos and more are ready to view on the school website. https://t.co/lBGpXp9NH3 https://t.co/HgUYXo0qVs

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Great to see that pupils are having fun and keeping fit at home. Amazing effort from these two in these wonderful pictures! https://t.co/7rYDWCPZyS

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English is taught daily 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, 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 Pinocchio 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.

Set Texts for Academic Year 2019/20

Please see below for a list of our set texts for the current acadmic 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 

Handa's Surprise by Eileen Browne (1994)

The Story Tree by Hugh Lipton (2005)

A First Book of Nature by Nicola Davies (2004)

Amazing Grace by Mary Hoffman (1990)

Aesop's Fables retold by Michael Morpurgo (2004)

Year 2

The Velveteen Rabbit by Margery Williams (1922)

The Magic Finger by Roald Dahl (1966)

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

Greek Myths retold by Geraldine McCaughrean (1993)

Year 3 

Pinocchio by Carlo Collodi (1883)

The Iron Man by Ted Hughes (1968)

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

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

Emil and the Detectives by Erich Kastner (1929)

Traditional Tales by Various Authors

Year 4 

Clockwork by Philip Pullman (1996)

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

The Railway Children by Edith Nesbit (1906)

Selected Poems by Various Poets 

Year 5 

Journey to Johannesburg by Beverley Naidoo (1985)

Esperanza Rising by Pam Muñoz Ryan (2000)

Arabian Nights retold by Geraldine McCaughrean (1999)

Tom's Midnight Garden by Phillipa Pearce (1958)

The Wolves of Willoughby Chase by Joan Aitken (1962)

Year 6  

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

Skellig by David Almond (1998)

Fire, Bed and Bone by Henrietta Branford (1997)

Selected Speeches including Martin Luther King and Malala Yousafzai


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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