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30/11/22

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Our friends at are hosting a Santa's Grotto 🎅 at the GPCA in Harlow on 10th December. Full info and booking on https://t.co/RAbXDxVPwx https://t.co/RgZ6IsZ1CO

24/11/22

Year 3 artists had an amazing time at the National Gallery seeing Van Gogh's Sunflowers, Rousseau (the tiger painting) Stubb's horse and much more. Their behaviour was exemplary and were a credit to the school. Please click on the link for a short video. https://t.co/xWAyTEoSKe

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17/11/22

England Rocks at Cooks Spinney! https://t.co/WqyMn4JwEV

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04/11/22

Year 5 enjoyed a visit from Science Horizon today. They had great fun learning about the Space race, meteorites, exploring the Solar System and astronaut training. https://t.co/mDwjSOAwJo

01/11/22

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📢 We're Hiring! (Harlow) have a vacancy for an SEMH Manager 📄 For application details, please visit our website https://t.co/kWD1Wh2hYq

21/10/22

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📢 We're Hiring! (Harlow) have a vacancy for a Class Teacher 📄 For application details, please visit our website https://t.co/zLlOvy9g62

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21/10/22

Today we are celebrating the hard work that Squirrels Class have put into their first half term of Year 1. Here are some pictures of their fantastic homework projects. Well done Squirrels! https://t.co/eY2CBP3vgG

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20/10/22

In Science Year 1s are learning all about the 5 senses. Last Friday they investigated taste. They tried a selection of different foods and decided whether they thought they were sweet, salty, umami or sour. https://t.co/Vc1PK8GDJL

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19/10/22

Year 4 had a fantastic time at Colchester Castle on Friday, building a Roman villa and roundhouse. More pictures are on the school website - Image Galleries - Cooks Spinney Primary Academy & Nursery (https://t.co/QQNuaAKICX) https://t.co/aq4Q44ODcH

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14/10/22

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👋 Are you ready for BMAT? ✅ View our current vacancies on our website - https://t.co/GJjumrvddf https://t.co/CoBUsn4lkF

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14/10/22

📢 Sign up now to the Multi-Activity Holiday Camp held at this half-term to be entered into a prize draw! 🥇 Family Trip to Legoland Windsor 🥈Family adventure to Go Ape 🥉Family tickets to Vue Cinema Book here: https://t.co/VBjNvaSiqU https://t.co/exEHSZTtJQ

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30/09/22

Hello all, Futsal one of the teams came 3rd and our other team got through to the finals & played amazingly. Table tennis students learnt to play a new competitive sport. One team came in 4th place and received certificates. Our other team came 3rd and receive bronze medals. https://t.co/pnQnlqpCIF

30/09/22

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"This is about us, as a Trust, making provision for children with SEND as simple and as impactful as possible." BMAT is overhauling its curriculum focus to ensure children with SEND are at the forefront of education. https://t.co/hPqM7iPloq

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13/09/22

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Monday 19th September, the date of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II’s State Funeral, will be a national bank holiday. Our schools will be closed on this date. Schools will resume at normal time on Tuesday 20th September. https://t.co/DJ2PVRmbKD

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09/09/22

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BMAT and our schools are incredibly saddened to hear of the passing of Her Majesty The Queen and we would like to extend our sincerest condolences to the Royal Family at this time of national mourning. https://t.co/lPaBCTyGlX

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08/09/22

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📢TONIGHT! It's Our Open Evening 🏫Burnt Mill Academy 🗓️Thursday 8th September ⏰5pm - 8:30pm 📚We are looking forward to welcoming prospective students and families to our school https://t.co/QsSDbbzrE0

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06/09/22

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📢OPEN EVENING ANNOUNCEMENT 🏫Burnt Mill Academy 🗓️Thursday 8th September ⏰5pm - 8:30pm 📚We are looking forward to welcoming prospective students and families to our school https://t.co/QBX1sGVY36

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02/09/22

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📢OPEN EVENTS FOR OUR ESSEX SECONDARY SCHOOLS 🗓️For Sept 2023 Year 7 intake 🔴 8 Sept pm 🟢 15 Sept pm 🟡 17 Sept am 🔵 20 Sept pm 🟠 22 Sept pm We're looking forward to meeting our prospective students and families👋 https://t.co/WR3pw6wwHE

13/07/22

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📢 We're Hiring! (Harlow) have a vacancy for an Office Assistant (37 hours per week) 📄 For a job description and application details, please visit our website https://t.co/5m0Pf33uWb

13/07/22

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📢 We're Hiring! (Harlow) have a vacancy for an Office Assistant (20 hours per week) 📄 For a job description and application details, please visit our website https://t.co/vhCVUlQHsW

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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.

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. 

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.

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

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