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23/04/19

Our members of Rainbows, Guides, Cubs and Scouts proudly wearing their uniforms to school today to celebrate St. George's Day https://t.co/dMlLtqU6ll

05/04/19

The youngest members of our school proudly showing off their Easter bonnets today. They all looked wonderful. https://t.co/whAlobhNLh

05/04/19

Today's skippers totalled 157,142 skips. Well done to all of the staff and pupils involved and even some of the parents! https://t.co/Tb03iXnF4z

05/04/19

Easter fun today in Reception. These are just a few of the hats proudly being worm in Early Years today https://t.co/dTqZivbIHf

04/04/19

Pixies have planted magic beans after reading Jack and the Bean Stalk. The children have watered them every day and are very proud of how big they have grown! https://t.co/Ej3xkBLKmT

04/04/19

A few more pictures today from Year 5's Wow day. Some of the children even held the snake! https://t.co/VaIMTpRvLD

04/04/19

Year 5 were treated to a visit from Ventura Wildlife for their Wow day today. The children were all very brave and held lots of different animals and mini-beasts https://t.co/70hCwkNEhZ

04/04/19

As one of the first 1000 schools to enter Premier League Writing Stars poetry competition, we were lucky enough to receive some fantastic free poetry books specially picked by the National Literacy Trust. Thank you to https://t.co/7ev2UWPJlT

03/04/19

Samia and Ava delivering their assembly about their passion for reading. Well done girls for a confident and informative assembly https://t.co/3k46BKcsYz

03/04/19

Many thanks to Beardwell Construction, with the help of Ivor Goodsite, for their site safety assembly yesterday. The children have already started to hand in their safety posters for the competition. https://t.co/HgvZ7OTpcD

03/04/19

The Cooks Spinney Catering Team were awarded a 5 star food rating this morning. Congratulations ladies, well deserved https://t.co/jgG8fzFLuS

03/04/19

Excellent effort from our year 5/6 boys football team against St Luke's which we unfortunately lost. However, we played Little Parndon next in a friendly match and beat them 8-0. A brilliant team performance! https://t.co/0ysGUxW7vV

03/04/19

These students were brilliant with year 3/4 boys and girls teams taking gold and year 5/6 team taking silver which was excellent. Joseph from Otters won his race and Ivy and James came 2nd in theirs https://t.co/uySonkwWX4

01/04/19

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Beardwell

Ivor came to visit at this bright Monday morning. https://t.co/piLMmgyrtq

29/03/19

Ayanna from Frogs class today with her amazing piece of work. Well done Ayanna https://t.co/B0SfI1KVeZ

29/03/19

Year 6 at Latton Bush this morning learning valuable safety life skills https://t.co/1uyqB2RQdp

29/03/19

Reception and Nursery enjoying their teddy bears picnic yesterday https://t.co/ntNGHPfDWD

27/03/19

So proud of our Year 3's 😀 https://t.co/areL412waP

27/03/19

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BMAT

Ten widths of a swimming pool, five laps of a playground on a bike and a run around a school field saw pupils become triathletes. Pupils from primary schools within the BMAT group of schools in Harlow competed for the third year in a triathlon. Full story https://t.co/LSKkoB90hB https://t.co/DazpvIChyN

26/03/19

All the students did amazingly well at the cross country running on Friday where they were competing against at least 100 other competitors in tough, cold, windy conditions. We are so proud of all of the students and they all really enjoyed the day https://t.co/X3TFK6fgQk

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School choir transforms lives

School choir transforms lives

Posted: 11th May 2018

A new primary school choir is transforming lives in its first few days of creation.

Cooks Spinney Primary Academy is part of the Burnt Mill Academy Trust (BMAT) which makes musical education a priority for its young people.

As a result of the musical opportunities being brought to the school, Cooks Spinney has been inspired to launch a choir, called Voices of the Future.

Not only was the choir filled within one day of launch, but it has already had a dramatic impact on pupils.

After just one rehearsal, every member of the choir – made up of 17 Year 2 to 5 pupils - chose to take part in their very first performance in front of an audience of parents in assembly.

Year 4 teacher Tracy Pope, who is co-ordinating the choir, said: “One little girl who struggles emotionally in certain scenarios and is very shy was so excited to join the choir; she was happy to be there. Despite having low confidence, she turned up and performed out of choice; that’s a big thing to do in front of parents. It gave me goosebumps and is so exciting. It’s about finding that one thing that will get a pupil’s attention and spark some passion for school and for learning and the choir has provided that for some.

“We have made a brilliant start to the choir which we hope to expand in future. We have already got them their own tshirts as we know they are going places. This choir is here to stay and will just grow and grow, as will the confidence of our performers as they get more experience under their belts.

“It’s about being a part of something. To be in a choir is to feel a sense of belonging to the school.”

The choir – which has picked This Is Me as its first song - has signed up to be a part of Student Voices to perform at the O2. It is also hoped the choir will collaborate with musicians at Burnt Mill Academy in joint future performances.

They will also perform at various school events, including the summer fete, and sing outside supermarkets to raise money for charity.

Reception teacher Zoe Dempster has experience of running choirs at previous schools and has lots of ideas for the new Cooks Spinney group.

She said: “I have always had a passion for music and used to play in an orchestra as a child so I’m very musical. So, I was very keen to get involved in helping to set up the Cooks Spinney choir club.

“I am keen to play around with the arrangement of the song, to look at getting pupils singing solos and experimenting with singing.”

Cristin Casey, BMAT director of performing arts, said: “Singing has a wealth of benefits, from wellbeing, development of confidence to increased engagement in the classroom. There are powerful links between

learning music and the development of literacy skills, but the bottom line is that singing is fun! Singing brings people together to develop a sense of belonging and community while lowering stress levels. Anyone can sing!”

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