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17/09/21

We are delighted to resume Hot Chocolate Fridays whereby children are selected from each class to enjoy hot chocolate and biscuits in celebration of a successful week. Mr Beaumont hosted today's event. Look out for next week's post. Have a great weekend https://t.co/C8iI4pAWkG

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17/09/21

This week, year 4 had an experience day and learnt all about South Africa to help them with their writing in English, they are currently reading - Journey to Jo’ Burg. They took part in various activities including dancing and playing musical instruments. Super effort year 4! https://t.co/zSpAKM3FTq

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15/09/21

Pupils are in for a treat when our school library reopens tomorrow-100 Books To Read Before You Leave Primary School. Fantastic books for children of all ages, old&new, classics&recently published. These books are sure to inspire more reading & a love of books for years to come. https://t.co/AUODugZx8V

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13/09/21

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Just over a week to go! We're looking forward to welcoming the local community into our school for our open evening on Tuesday 21st Sept 6pm-8pm Rebuilt Relaunched Ready For You https://t.co/Zs9dLplOug

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10/09/21

Last week at Cooks Spinney we celebrated International Literacy Day and our reception pupils made their own bookmarks and practised writing their own name. https://t.co/cT7Lm3ivhx

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10/09/21

Please meet the two recipients of achievement certificates this week from our new Reception classes! Certificates are issued during Friday assemblies in recognition of the children's efforts in following the 5A school values. What an excellent start to the school year!👏👏👏 https://t.co/LiCw6bgk13

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07/09/21

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We're looking forward to welcoming the local community into our school for our open evening on Tuesday 21st Sept 6pm-8pm Rebuilt Relaunched Ready For You https://t.co/c08kLdHnLt

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07/09/21

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We're looking forward to welcoming families into our school for our Open Evening this Thursday 5pm - 8:30pm. https://t.co/4sI7lKofC5

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19/07/21

Ducks class having Fun Forest Friday time for the last visit this academic year. https://t.co/JaZGHiXhUy

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19/07/21

This Summer's Reading Challenge has a nature theme to inspire children to engage with environmental issues. Do you accept this exciting 2021 challenge? Please do let us know how you get on. We would love to see your certificates. https://t.co/kMqlswz7vA

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19/07/21

Ladybirds 🐞 have been busy this half-term with their homework projects. We have had hot air balloons, visits to air fields, songs written and new modes of transport created. Thank you for your effort! 👏👏👏 https://t.co/BkV8KNOhsJ

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15/07/21

Frogs and Otters out in the forest area of school today. https://t.co/GGWlJp2qn3

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15/07/21

Squirrels Class thoroughly enjoyed making AND tasting a fruit salad this week. They were all adventurous and tried lots of new ones. Mango was definitely a favourite! Looks delicious Squirrels 🍏🍎🍐🍊🍋🍓🍉🍇🍌 https://t.co/8PIbGUvQCH

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15/07/21

We had a fantastic day of sunshine for the year 4 belated sports day on Tuesday. Students were split into teams of 10 with 6 stations of various activities. Every child received a medal🏅 for their efforts! More photos of this event can be viewed at: https://t.co/N0ZuHdN6Lo https://t.co/8Kt9gcXHx6

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15/07/21

Year 5 having great fun erupting their volcanos. A great way to finish off their topic of ‘Violent Planet’! https://t.co/gG3NZpS5CQ

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12/07/21

There’s nothing like a supercar to inspire children to focus on their studies. 🚗 Pupils at Cooks Spinney Primary Academy have been learning about car design and building their own models. As part of their work, they were visited by a Lamborghini. https://t.co/yeWfGcQJH2 https://t.co/KopUFZK1nG

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08/07/21

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08/07/21

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08/07/21

Today pupils are taking part in 'Green Day' & raising awareness of how we can recycle, help reduce litter & use alternatives to single-use plastic. The Yr 3 podcast grp spent some time litter picking the school field & Yr 2 helped clean up the nature area. https://t.co/HiGGra4q4p https://t.co/3OkSFPlk2D

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English

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.

Set Texts for Academic Year 

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 

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

The Magic Finger by Roald Dahl (1966)

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)

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)

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

 

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.

FOR MORE INFORMATION ABOUT OUR english CURRICULUM PLEASE MAKE AN APPOINTMENT with mrs dackombe ON 01279 437590

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