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The joy on their faces as the children decorate the trees around the school. Priceless!🎅🎄 https://t.co/meUK2FYIIx

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2-4-6-8 who do we appreciate? Otters Class! These year 3 pupils had the opportunity to try something new and polish their skills! https://t.co/WOnTBEk9Bb

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Young people are getting outside to learn life skills, to improve their mental health and to feel empathy for nature. Each week, pupils at Cooks Spinney take part in Forest Friday to learn outdoors, while building their independence and confidence. https://t.co/6uYTV8uY01 https://t.co/J93Jzymkv3

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Ed, our ever hard-working caretaker, has been busy turning Cooks Spinney into a magical winter wonderland for the children. Thank you Ed! https://t.co/eDagfXZ3JZ

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Kestrels enjoyed a mini competition in their archery lesson. Year groups 3-6 will all have the opportunity to learn this term as this is brilliant way to allow children that may not excel in the usual team sports, to shine. Fantastic shooting Kestrels! https://t.co/o8kBg7mF4B

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BMAT have a vacancy for an IT Technician based in Harlow with frequent travel to Harlow and Epping schools. For more information visit - https://t.co/S8JKVKTrRg https://t.co/4QQU3Ess2r

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Spreading the Christmas cheer! We had a special visit from Santa and Frosty to help turn on our Christmas lights today! Huge thanks to for donating the beautiful tree and thanks to our amazing Caretaker, Ed, for putting up the lovely decorations. https://t.co/EgVEEB5XZi

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Keen young historians shared their love of the subject with their peers. Two Year 6 pupils at Cooks Spinney Primary Academy enjoy the subject so much, they were invited to teach a lesson to their classmates. https://t.co/jF1XR9fYtP https://t.co/SxNUU2ArFc

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Here we have Owls class enjoying a little audience participation to from the amazing company. Looks like Owls are having an absolute hoot! https://t.co/4xECTkSinM

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They couldn't go to Panto so brought the Panto to Cooks Spinney! Pupils from Foxes class got involved with and laughed their way through the whole performance......oh yes they did! What a fantastic way to kick off December! https://t.co/5dsSk7bxoc

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Time to celebrate! Cooks Spinney Primary Academy has been recognised by for keeping the children active during lockdown 2020. Here is a reminder of some of the activities that children took part in from home https://t.co/4X9mZ1E38F

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Ducks pupils came in to their very own class postbox this morning! It's a bit empty though so it's just waiting for some Christmas cards to be posted to fill it up! https://t.co/ci8eFwrstV


Here comes Panto! We are so excited that Goldilocks and the Three Bears will be showing in classrooms at Cooks Spinney next week! 🤩 https://t.co/pMOgwOqKvO


Pupils have had so much fun this month rocking out with trying to beat their own scores as well as those of other pupils. The winners are: Whole class: 1st:Owls, 2nd:Foxes, 3rd:Eagles Individual: 1st:Oscar in Foxes, 2nd:Ted in Owls, 3rd:Lewis in Owls🏆#WellDoneAll

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Ladybirds class showing off their odd socks in celebration of what makes us all unique in ! https://t.co/wNOF93AptE

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Due to the current postholder taking up a wider role within the trust, Magna Carta Primary Academy in Stansted Mountfitchet, Essex, have a vacancy for a Head of School/Headteacher. For more information visit - https://t.co/lkYgzc1sjg https://t.co/pIWASstmK6

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BMAT have a vacancy for an IT Technician based in (Harlow) with frequent travel to Harlow and Epping schools. For more information visit - https://t.co/NRnG3NguSl https://t.co/bSepWad4dx


Getting lost in a good book is one of life’s great pleasures and a fantastic way to learn. have some wonderful tips and ideas to help your child fall in love with reading. https://t.co/5yFjZn9YFL


Don't forget to wear your odd socks to school tomorrow as a great way to celebrate what makes us all unique in Anti-Bullying Week!

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Year 2 learning how to use to draw . Well done year 2, we love them!👏👏👏 https://t.co/KRO4mVKISf

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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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