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Mr Stirrat was delighted to be the host for today's event awarding our pupils for their hard work. https://t.co/t4Y5yUZLdW

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Today we celebrated the jubilee by having a picnic on the field. The children had a wonderful time. https://t.co/f8sjZN9F13

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Our lovely year 4 students had a great time at the Tri-golf festival on Friday at Church Langley School. The students demonstrated some really good putting and chipping skills whilst competing against other schools in the area. https://t.co/lfXZ52IQdU

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Miss Wade was delighted to be the host for today's event awarding our pupils for their hard work. https://t.co/3cxYm3Jk9g

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Some year 1&2 children had the opportunity to learn and play some fun and challenging activities based around cricket at Harlow Town Cricket Club! https://t.co/0QmFvKuX1s

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Today we're opening our Outdoor Library to give you and your children a great opportunity to explore a range of books from different genres. Your children can choose and borrow new books for two weeks, then they must be returned. Open every Friday from 3-3:30pm. See you there. https://t.co/k9HJcVOPHo

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A delicious ‘fuel’ for year 6 pupils prepared by our amazing kitchen staff to give them energy for their SATs week. Good luck, you’ve got this! https://t.co/6m4BsBRuOP

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Mr Stirrat was delighted to be the host for today's event awarding our pupils for their hard work. https://t.co/mssI6zj1wV

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Our amazing year 6 students created sports activities for the year 1 students, both year 1 students & year 6 students really enjoyed the experience & they both said some lovely comments at the end about each other. https://t.co/8hpg7nwtjC

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Our amazing year 4 Netball teams played to a high standard last Friday and played all the different positions on the pitch. Well done, we are so proud of you! https://t.co/PkTwo7vkZS

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Congratulations to our Readers of the Month. https://t.co/SGIwUOGueh

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Fantastic homework projects from Year One on their topic of The Great Fire of London. A fire safety poster and posters about a visit to the Monument in London. https://t.co/qMHErtcYOR

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Here are our poster competition entries for British Science Week, they each produced superb posters demonstrating growth in nature, animals, plants and stars. https://t.co/VbiU4P6cpA

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Miss Wade was delighted to be the host for today's event awarding our pupils for their hard work. https://t.co/IhW5nhswRd

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On Tues, Yr 5 Reading Champions took part in a meeting with Magic Breakfast Reading Champions volunteer & Mrs Dackombe. They talked about how to choose the best book to read. Book vouchers worth £250, which will be spent on new books for the library and classroom reading corners. https://t.co/rY4Ij87yFA

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Another successful Spinney Speaks assembly presented by year 6 pupils/librarians. Olivija, Ivy, Joe and Blake talked about our school library: how to return books, when to visit and how to treat books. Well done! https://t.co/2fII6NXNeT

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Miss Wade was delighted to be the host for today's event awarding our pupils for their hard work. https://t.co/IvRdOw3NGY

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Yesterday, year 3 pupils took part in Authors Abroad writing workshop with award-winning author & performance poet Neal Zetter at Freshwaters Primary Academy. The aim of the workshop was to develop their literacy self-expression and confidence & unlock their writing potential. https://t.co/KP3l8iipjr

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Congratulations to our March Writing Challenge winners! Keep up the great work! https://t.co/9qB2VK4hf9

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A massive well done to all year 4 pupils for an amazing performance of Alice the Musical on Friday. https://t.co/L2EA5G4Dcu

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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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