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03/03/21

- Wednesday 3rd March To celebrate this week's , we have a mystery reader sharing the story of 'Grumpycorn' . But do you recognise the voice of that super talented teacher behind the mask? https://t.co/6WZOdibhZJ

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02/03/21

It's monthly challenge time again! Which one do you want to have a go at or do you want to enter all three? Huge congrats to Ailie (writing) and Rosie & Joe (maths) for winning last month's challenges. All challenges available for download from https://t.co/KP0QYbrT2k. https://t.co/FmP4ng1k6w

02/03/21

Tune in to for a free digital live event to celebrate . Hear your favourite authors & illustrators answer questions from children at 10:30am on Wednesday, Thursday & Friday this week! Each event will last approx. 30 minutes. https://t.co/tbO74kFyMZ

02/03/21

- Tuesday 2nd March To celebrate , Mr. Stirrat takes a look at the life and work of Nikola Tesla. All lockdown assemblies can be viewed at https://t.co/N639eOhlJT https://t.co/JO0WpzoPtv

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01/03/21

Keeping active, eating well and taking care of mental health was the focus of a special week for children. Cooks Spinney Primary Academy held Healthy Schools Week to remind pupils to look after themselves in lockdown. https://t.co/D0I6mCUCEV https://t.co/8t5HhXDh0q

01/03/21

Assembly - Monday 1st March Ms. Dackombe kicks off the week by sharing the story of 'The First Hippo on the Moon' with a little help from her friends. You can draw your own Sheila Hippo by following the tutorial at https://t.co/lBGpXp9NH3. https://t.co/aD5nGrmYmU

26/02/21

- Friday 26th February Join us today to watch this delightful short film starring the little bird who faces her fears to show us all that perseverance pays off in the end! All lockdown assemblies can be viewed at https://t.co/plBmwGKo4A https://t.co/dhCubvy3g3

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25/02/21

Today the sibling bubble enjoyed multi-skills outside on the playground for over an hour. The activities were completed in a circuit which included skills to improve agility, speed, co-ordination & power. It was great to see the children outside enjoying themselves https://t.co/Or7NU5Jobq

25/02/21

- Thursday 25th February Today's assembly is all about and Miss Wade explains why it is so important. All lockdown assemblies can be viewed at https://t.co/N639eOhlJT https://t.co/PXG8H0kJm8

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24/02/21

Our ICT room’s Grand Makeover – A ‘Wall of Code’ With huge thanks to for creating the design in his spare time & to for turning our design into reality. With the new décor and fab pink chairs, we can’t wait for the children to start bringing it to life! https://t.co/j5MF2RsdT5

24/02/21

Assembly - Wednesday 24th February Ms Pearce shares Peep’s story of how he learnt to find his true self. All lockdown assemblies can be viewed at https://t.co/spbwlepnXh https://t.co/YPJFCEPC1q

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23/02/21

Read all about it! The Book Fair is coming our way. if you want to get ahead, please click on the link where you will be able to scroll through all of the amazing books that are available to order. https://t.co/0NH8ZMZpWQ https://t.co/fWQ4r6pXCc

23/02/21

This week’s art video guides you on how to draw Peep, the little nightingale from the story ‘Dawn Chorus’. Look out for Ms. Pearce’s virtual assembly tomorrow, to hear little Peep’s story of how he learnt to find his true self. https://t.co/lBGpXp9NH3 https://t.co/tQgwppxavP

23/02/21

- Tuesday 23rd February Mr. Stirrat shares some very happy news this morning! On Monday 8th March Cooks Spinney can reopen! All assemblies can be viewed at https://t.co/N639eOhlJT https://t.co/WoosTjI7hj

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22/02/21

Following Mr Beaumont's assembly today, children are invited to enter a BMAT competition to come up with an exciting invention to celebrate . Please see video below for full details. There will be prizes for the overall ! Come on Spinney we've got this! https://t.co/dhULEERmJh

22/02/21

New & exciting physical activities for each individual year group have been added to our website: https://t.co/9c0QsIizbN. These games can be enjoyed daily by the whole family. Have a look at the activities for your year group and give it a go!

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22/02/21

On the last day before half term, the children didn’t lose their focus learning about our Moon and her phases and the Apollo 11 Moon landing. They showed some great engineering and design skills when designing and building rovers for the next moon or Mars missions. https://t.co/u7HvJCBSoM

22/02/21

- Monday 22nd February Celebrate amazing inventions and the upcoming British Science Week with Mr Beaumont. All assemblies can be viewed on our website at https://t.co/plBmwGKo4A https://t.co/M4tVkRkvig

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English

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, 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 2020/21

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 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)

The New Faber Book of Children's Poetry edited by Matthew Sweeney (2003)

Beowulf retold by Rob Lloyd Jones (2009)

Migration: Incredible Animal Journeys by Mike Irwin (2018)

Year 4 

Journey to Johannesburg by Beverley Naidoo (1985)

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

Opening Doors to Quality Writing: Selected Poems by Various Poets 

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

Arabian Nights retold by Geraldine McCaughrean (1999)

Clockwork by Philip Pullman (1996)

Year 5 

Esperanza Rising by Pam Muñoz Ryan (2000)

The Raven by Edgar Allan Poe (1845)

The Wolves of Willoughby Chase by Joan Aitken (1962)

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)

Fire, Bed and Bone by Henrietta Branford (1997)

Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone by J.K Rowling (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.

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

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