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17/09/21

We are delighted to resume Hot Chocolate Fridays whereby children are selected from each class to enjoy hot chocolate and biscuits in celebration of a successful week. Mr Beaumont hosted today's event. Look out for next week's post. Have a great weekend https://t.co/C8iI4pAWkG

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17/09/21

This week, year 4 had an experience day and learnt all about South Africa to help them with their writing in English, they are currently reading - Journey to Jo’ Burg. They took part in various activities including dancing and playing musical instruments. Super effort year 4! https://t.co/zSpAKM3FTq

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15/09/21

Pupils are in for a treat when our school library reopens tomorrow-100 Books To Read Before You Leave Primary School. Fantastic books for children of all ages, old&new, classics&recently published. These books are sure to inspire more reading & a love of books for years to come. https://t.co/AUODugZx8V

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13/09/21

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Mark Hall Academy

Just over a week to go! We're looking forward to welcoming the local community into our school for our open evening on Tuesday 21st Sept 6pm-8pm Rebuilt Relaunched Ready For You https://t.co/Zs9dLplOug

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10/09/21

Last week at Cooks Spinney we celebrated International Literacy Day and our reception pupils made their own bookmarks and practised writing their own name. https://t.co/cT7Lm3ivhx

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10/09/21

Please meet the two recipients of achievement certificates this week from our new Reception classes! Certificates are issued during Friday assemblies in recognition of the children's efforts in following the 5A school values. What an excellent start to the school year!👏👏👏 https://t.co/LiCw6bgk13

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07/09/21

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We're looking forward to welcoming the local community into our school for our open evening on Tuesday 21st Sept 6pm-8pm Rebuilt Relaunched Ready For You https://t.co/c08kLdHnLt

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07/09/21

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Burnt Mill Academy

We're looking forward to welcoming families into our school for our Open Evening this Thursday 5pm - 8:30pm. https://t.co/4sI7lKofC5

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19/07/21

Ducks class having Fun Forest Friday time for the last visit this academic year. https://t.co/JaZGHiXhUy

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19/07/21

This Summer's Reading Challenge has a nature theme to inspire children to engage with environmental issues. Do you accept this exciting 2021 challenge? Please do let us know how you get on. We would love to see your certificates. https://t.co/kMqlswz7vA

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19/07/21

Ladybirds 🐞 have been busy this half-term with their homework projects. We have had hot air balloons, visits to air fields, songs written and new modes of transport created. Thank you for your effort! 👏👏👏 https://t.co/BkV8KNOhsJ

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15/07/21

Frogs and Otters out in the forest area of school today. https://t.co/GGWlJp2qn3

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15/07/21

Squirrels Class thoroughly enjoyed making AND tasting a fruit salad this week. They were all adventurous and tried lots of new ones. Mango was definitely a favourite! Looks delicious Squirrels 🍏🍎🍐🍊🍋🍓🍉🍇🍌 https://t.co/8PIbGUvQCH

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15/07/21

We had a fantastic day of sunshine for the year 4 belated sports day on Tuesday. Students were split into teams of 10 with 6 stations of various activities. Every child received a medal🏅 for their efforts! More photos of this event can be viewed at: https://t.co/N0ZuHdN6Lo https://t.co/8Kt9gcXHx6

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15/07/21

Year 5 having great fun erupting their volcanos. A great way to finish off their topic of ‘Violent Planet’! https://t.co/gG3NZpS5CQ

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12/07/21

There’s nothing like a supercar to inspire children to focus on their studies. 🚗 Pupils at Cooks Spinney Primary Academy have been learning about car design and building their own models. As part of their work, they were visited by a Lamborghini. https://t.co/yeWfGcQJH2 https://t.co/KopUFZK1nG

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08/07/21

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We're Hiring! 🎉 We have a variety of catering roles available in our primary and secondary schools in Harlow (Essex). 🧑‍🍳 Full details of our Cook Supervisor and Catering Assistant roles can be seen on https://t.co/GJjumrMOBP https://t.co/iSdR9aoZZ8

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08/07/21

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Out Now! 🌟 The new issue of Latitude - The magazine for BMAT Schools, Parents and Communities. Read it online here - https://t.co/aqc2Xy6VVz https://t.co/KdyaAhJ1Aq

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08/07/21

Today pupils are taking part in 'Green Day' & raising awareness of how we can recycle, help reduce litter & use alternatives to single-use plastic. The Yr 3 podcast grp spent some time litter picking the school field & Yr 2 helped clean up the nature area. https://t.co/HiGGra4q4p https://t.co/3OkSFPlk2D

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Beyond Curriculum

From Nursery through to Year 6, opportunities will be taken to extend the curriculum beyond the statutory requirements and to develop our school values of adventure, articulacy, ambition, adaptability and altruism.

Some examples of extending our curriculum beyond the statutory requirements include:

Free after-school clubs - Every part of our school day is a learning opportunity, so we are lucky that we have extra learning through fun clubs after school everyday! Our clubs change every term and are completely free for all children. Sports such as hockey, rugby, cross-country, judo, cricket and tennis to name a few.

The Daily Mile - The Daily Mile is a fully-inclusive, free and simple initiative which improves the physical and mental health and wellbeing of children. There is no extra workload for teachers and it helps to raise attainment. At Cooks Spinney Primary we begin our day with a brisk walk/run together in key stages. This ensures that children have their full break / play time. The Daily Mile is not Sport or PE, but rather health and wellbeing through physical activity.

Free breakfast for all pupils - Recognising the importance of breakfast, Cooks Spinney now offers all children free breakfast in class at the start of each school day. Children choose from a variety of nutritious cereals including Shreddies, Cheerios and Corn Flakes. There are dairy and non-dairy milk options available for all. 

Breakfast Club - Our Breakfast Club is open every school morning from 7.45-8:45am.  As we all know breakfast is the most important meal of the day and Breakfast Clubs have been proven to have a positive impact on punctuality, academic results, concentration, behaviour and attainment. We believe that a good productive start to a child’s day begins with a nutritious breakfast. Our breakfast club links healthy eating with fun and interactive games. We have a great choice of quiet activities such as puzzles, reading, drawing, lego, or colouring.

Gilwell Park - Our Year 6 children have the opportunity to participate in a residential trip to Gilwell Park. Set in 100 acres of woodland, Gilwell Park is the home to the global scouting movement. With a wide range of challenging, high-adrenaline and skill-based indoor and outdoor activity sessions, our pupils are kept active throughout their stay. Their experiences are tailored to be as impactful as possible. 

Bolougne-sur-Mer - Year 5 pupils have the opportunity to visit this delightful French coastal city during the summer term. Pupils can practise thier langauge skills and soak in the sights and sounds of French culture. The pupils can even try some fresh escargot if they're feeling adventurous!  

Spinney Speaks Assemblies - In Spring term each year, our pupils get the chance to take over assemblies! Pupils complete an application form outlining their chosen subject and why they think it will be important for their peers. Once selected, pupils deliver their assembly to over 400 people during our whole-school assembly!

Friday Achievement Assembly - Our Friday achievement assemblies are a celebration of students’ personal achievements. Children’s hard work is acknowledged for Golden Rules, Individual achievement in class (Gold Book), Readers of the week, Artist of the week, Pen licences, Apples (our school’s unique incremental achievement scheme), Sports Awards, Class of the Week and Attendance Class of the week. Parents and families of award winners are invited to join us. 

Spinney's Friday Quiz - Each Friday, pupils are set a quiz of 4 puzzling general knowledge questions. There's a quiz for EYFS, KS1 and KS2. Pupils who achieve 4 correct answers are entered into our prize draw to win book prizes. 

Extra-curricular Trips - We provide the opportunity to go on trips to our local area and beyond to enhance life skills, learning opportunities and become active citizens. These have included: Harlow Playhouse, Colchester Zoo, Kew Gardens and the Houses of Parliament. 

Safe, responsible pupils - We welcome guest speakers and host specialist workshops for all of our pupils to promote safety in and out of school. These include: Bike-a-bilty training for Yr5, first aid training for Yr6, home safety workshops for Yr3, fire safety workshops for Yr1 and road safety workshops for Yr2.  

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