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Burnt Mill Academy

ONLINE OPEN EVENT - We'll be holding a virtual open evening for 2021 admissions on Wednesday 30th September. For more information, to register your interest and to find out more about Burnt Mill Academy please visit https://t.co/0OTlly46I7 https://t.co/cStT8yK1Yq

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In celebration of today, pupils in Ducks and Kestrels classes skipped their way through their PE lessons! https://t.co/7LrZeX6IPO

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Who needs Wimbledon when we have our very own socially distanced, marked out tennis courts for the children to learn on? We are also extremely lucky to have 2 rounders pitches marked out ready to use. All we need now are the ! https://t.co/7JxKA1HSNG

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Year 5 and year 6 pupils proudly showing off their brand new Pupil Organisers that they are filling in daily with their parents. https://t.co/b2JEni0KDA

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There are still a few 15-hour funded spaces left in both our morning AND our afternoon Nursery for three-year-old children. Please call the school office for more information and an application form. https://t.co/yvCBJUrUEx

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Year 2 pupils learning to be Scientific Illustrators https://t.co/WskpUxcSDr

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Amazing artwork being produced by the pupils of Cooks Spinney in the outdoor art classroom with the inspirational Ms Clausen https://t.co/aqI5GkiHnP

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Year 5 pupils enjoying their art lesson in the Nature Area. https://t.co/Nel8Gmj7ei

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Forest Hall School

Our virtual open evening is tonight! You can access our live event at 5pm and find more information on Forest Hall School via https://t.co/jAXGCkZX8f https://t.co/TJManWsOYe

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Schools within BMAT take part in National Skipping Day each year, with sports leaders touring schools encouraging various activities. With the event falling just as lockdown hit earlier this year, the schools revamped the initiative with Skipping Week. https://t.co/sRhlu8KCOU https://t.co/80Fbw2HpXI

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Children from five primary schools competed against each other in their first virtual sports day. The BMAT Rainbow Games challenged pupils at to take on eight tasks over a week. https://t.co/emZ9gwxj60 https://t.co/jv98S1I9HD

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Children created their own structures in junk modelling today and then used natural materials in the Nature Area to make initials. A wonderfully creative way to end the academic year! https://t.co/W37M0NNSqr


Mr Cody challenges you to write a song about your lockdown experiences. A series of short videos will assist you step by step in writing your song with prizes for the best entries! Good luck! https://t.co/Atg1sQn6LD

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We are super proud to see these children enjoying themselves and keeping fit whilst taking part in the Rainbow Sports Day Games at home. Fantastic group effort. Well done to you all! https://t.co/qcagfGrSSZ


A video from Miss Jordan and the PE Team in celebration of the sporting achievements of year 6. What a fantastic year group! https://t.co/S4GHL9C19F

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Ed, our Caretaker, has built some garden feeders on behalf of our key worker children for our incredible kitchen team to say thank you for the delicious meals lovingly prepared during the lockdown. Thank you Ed and thank you to our kitchen team. https://t.co/Rxhdgg5tLV

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Staff have been hard at work clearing the Nature Area ready for September. https://t.co/70HVkBd6eC


For you Year 6, from us. We will miss you all. Enjoy ♥ https://t.co/Hzpxdg5THT


Join us on a Summer Reading Adventure! Looking for a fun-filled celebration of reading that takes young readers on a journey that promises to broaden their reading horizons? Then look no further... https://t.co/zNw1tG1RxL


We couldn't end the school year without holding a virtual sports day! All of the activities are explained and demonstrated in the video. Have a go and let us know how you get on! https://t.co/iSfztj88vH

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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, 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 Enhanted 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 editied 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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