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14/06/21

Thanks to the outstanding effort by children, parents and staff in the Big Pedal 2021 this year, we have received this poster to celebrate our success. We hope that you & your children continue to enjoy the benefits of active travel. Thank you & well done 👏👏👏 https://t.co/ypNQFs09lr

11/06/21

The British Nutrition Foundation Healthy Eating Week will take place from 14-18 June, taking all of the UK on its ‘Find your healthier you’ journey! There are lots of tips, recipes, healthy choices tracker sheets and activities to try on their website at https://t.co/LyLTLALNEJ

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11/06/21

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BMAT recently appointed a director of to help children to reach their full potential. The former headteacher has started his work by bringing together experts from across the Trust to share best practise. https://t.co/dXL7gGTkgX https://t.co/btrvCXMwsv

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11/06/21

Tomatoes🍅were being defeated in the dinner hall today as pupils got involved with the campaign. Look out sweetcorn it's your turn next week! 🌽#EatMoreVeg https://t.co/Z2u2a8vVKp

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09/06/21

Pixies are very excited with our new arrival of class caterpillars! We can’t wait to watch them grow and become butterflies. 🐛🦋 https://t.co/KZHfn4ZcGe

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08/06/21

Well done to all who entered the May Challenges & huge congratulations to our maths winners: Maci – Ladybirds Violet – Kestrels Jessica-Rose - Otters Olivija – Owls Here we have the June challenges which can also be downloaded from our website https://t.co/KP0QYbrT2k Good luck! https://t.co/FyYF7PcePI

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08/06/21

Here is an example from Ms. Clausen followed by one from each class. 2of3 https://t.co/VDQcHMfxMe

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08/06/21

Our last art assembly before half term was the (male) kingfisher from .15 minutes of intent focus across the school, all drawing at the same time. 350plus kingfishers in all their guises. Each one unique and each one a credit to the budding artist who drew it. 1of3.. https://t.co/F5JbwXYphv

07/06/21

We are supporting the https://t.co/cb5yMoE9hp campaign to encourage children to eat more veg. It's proven to make eating vegetables more fun. Do look out for reward charts & sticker packs in school bags. We'll be asking for pupils to send in photos for our website.

28/05/21

Owls and Foxes have been working so hard on their performance and are now ready to invite you to grab the popcorn, make yourselves comfy and click 'play'. Year 5 proudly present "We'll Meet Again". https://t.co/pr2z7PtrQp

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28/05/21

Year 2 WOW Day for Butterflies! Pupils had a fun-packed day participating in activities relating to their topic of Ancient Greece. They learnt to write their names in Ancient Greek, made a head wreath, created a temple for the gods and goddesses and took part in a mini Olympics. https://t.co/I9nMPTSoOT

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27/05/21

Year 2 WOW Day! Today, Ladybirds tested their memory when learning the Greek Alphabet, created their Olympic wreaths and took part in their own mini Olympics. We even had an Olympic torchbearer. A jolly good time was had by all! https://t.co/69aUIL0pzM

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27/05/21

KS2 pupils used a range of materials to add all the elements required in their unique bridge designs. We have been astounded by the models they have produced - a true display of creative solutions and approaches! https://t.co/zXqpKGtHZY

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26/05/21

Year 1 pupils were very excited to experience a scaled down version of The Great Fire of London today! Thank you to the parents for supplying the buildings (boxes) to burn and thumbs up to Ed for keeping the children safe during the display 🔥 https://t.co/zzr7QRnzRy

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25/05/21

Sprites and Unicorns have loved reading the story of The Rainbow Fish by Marcus Pfister. They each made a special shiny scale to add to the giant Rainbow fish on display to remind the children to always be kind and share with others. https://t.co/zB2vFQ4lua

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25/05/21

Once a week pupils have a whole school art assembly whereby Ms. Clausen guides the children step by step through the stages of drawing a new subject. Below is one example from each class of Daisy the Gecko as drawn by the different year groups from Yr1 up to Yr 6. https://t.co/tEqnANsDHV

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19/05/21

Year 2 Science Club members with their lava lamps that they so carefully made yesterday. What skillful young scientists we have at Cooks Spinney! https://t.co/nTuq5Uybhk

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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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