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Here we have the very talented winners of the April writing competition with their well-deserved prizes & one of the winning entries! Don't forget that you can find all of our monthly challenges on the school's website at: https://t.co/KP0QYbrT2k https://t.co/gM5nzarQv1

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Ducks class have been designing their own “Reading is a Superpower” bookmarks this morning. Don't they look fantastic? https://t.co/G6J6WC14pi

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Wolves class celebrating Children's Book Week. https://t.co/UrJpwYiA0w

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Great effort by Year 3 and Year 5 pupils last week as they celebrated Daily Mile Day! Good to see that it wasn't just the pupils taking part! 👍🏃‍♀️🏃🏃‍♂️ https://t.co/zRfZEtFWDx

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It's Children's Book Week! Why not commemorate this event by entering this month's reading challenge? Please see below for this challenge along with the Writing & Maths challenges for May. These are optional & your child can enter one or all three for a chance to win a prize! https://t.co/kDVCw8DhhG

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Brilliant effort in the Daily Mile from our students this morning as always! Here we have our Year 4 pupils showing you how it's done! https://t.co/vhxSrncKjz

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We were immensely impressed with the creativity and effort that our pupils put into the recent 'Dragons Den' style Science competition. Well done to all who entered and congratulations to our three trophy winners! https://t.co/VmzB84JVSS

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Our SEND director is on twitter so please follow for SEND specific content. You can read more about the role here: https://t.co/jWIcjKLtxl https://t.co/slQON8gLZw

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Year 3 pupils were adventurous today as they participated in netball for a either a full morning or full afternoon session. Well done year 3 we are very impressed with your focus and dedication! https://t.co/yYkLsinPii

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The Year 2 scientists created their own rocket balloons last week and this week explored the state of matter of SLIME! What will they be enquiring next week? https://t.co/xAqq4M5h4e

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Year 4 enjoyed a sunny internal netball tournament on Friday participating in a variety of netball skills and working as a team. https://t.co/1LtJeM2WcK

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Congratulations to the winners of the March Maths Challenge-Lewis in Owls & Lainey in Eagles. Here are the April challenges that can also be viewed at: https://t.co/KP0QYbrT2k Children can enter 1 or all 3 of these optional challenges to be in with a chance of winning a prize! https://t.co/dnmMbmhkKo

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BMAT have a vacancy for an Estates & Facilities Assistant working across our Primary and Secondary Schools in Harlow, Essex. For more information visit https://t.co/MNldj0Ml52 https://t.co/ifinsNm5Gg

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Here we have the very first winners of the new ‘Mathematicians of the Month’ award proudly showing off their new badges. Well done to you both! https://t.co/ru6Q4pfqys

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Some fantastic Easter baking going on in the school kitchen today. We think that the children will be looking forward to their lunch today and a little excited to maybe win an Easter egg or bunny! https://t.co/04dM4mclpF

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BMAT has appointed a director to ensure children with special educational needs and disabilities achieve their full potential. Marios Solomonides takes up post of Director of SEND with a mission to remove all barriers faced by children within BMAT schools. https://t.co/jWIcjKLtxl https://t.co/hsWxgX4m7z

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Spring is sprung, Easter is nearly here and pupils have been busy bringing these beautiful daffodils to life with Ms Clausen. https://t.co/TzSu4euwU6

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Would any year 6 pupils be interested in free taster netball sessions at Mark Hall Sports Centre? Please see details below for how to pre-register. https://t.co/GUULZWzimo


A reminder that tomorrow is Red Nose Day and non-uniform for pupils! Let's have some fun and raise money to support people living incredibly tough lives. https://t.co/GL2a6KY0Sf

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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, 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.


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