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18/01/19

Pixies have been busy today making gingerbread men https://t.co/xHMtmnxeBM

17/01/19

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James Shone

Was ⁦⁩ yesterday. A great primary school: lovely head, delightful staff and charming kids. https://t.co/WQpfwBg4PA

17/01/19

Foxes taking over Math lessons! https://t.co/D3jphiow1H

16/01/19

⁩ inspiring confidence in our Year 5 and Year 6 children today https://t.co/G1hsRYjEtk

16/01/19

Year 6 have had fun learning about how chromosomes are inherited https://t.co/uz9K3eCaSa

16/01/19

Look we've found Nemo! https://t.co/fCGxvpzIMT

16/01/19

Year 2 on their Sealife trip today. https://t.co/OQhEpmRaYI

15/01/19

Student Council in full swing this morning discussing the topics that matter to them https://t.co/FGmtDUZYg5

15/01/19

Maddi and Layla taking assembly this morning in the first Spinney Speaks. Well done girls https://t.co/0cbBoJO1O7

11/01/19

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Robert Halfon MP #WorkingHard4Harlow

Incredible newspaper from some wonderful and extraordinary pupils . Congratulations and thank you for all you are doing to https://t.co/YbLdsiXCBX

11/01/19

Our newspaper group went to Chelmsford County Council today to hand deliver a petition with over 400 signatures in an effort to save our local library! ⁦ https://t.co/i4Ck8hi3JR

11/01/19

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BBC Essex

May, aged 10, says she and her friends would be very upset if Mark Hall library closed and explains why she prefers books to smart phones, TV and films 📖 📚 https://t.co/dj9HfrFchf

11/01/19

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BBC Essex

Meanwhile, a student newspaper team from in Harlow have launched a petition - to save their local library - which they’ll present to with . https://t.co/ZK6aX9HS4S

11/01/19

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Michael Rosen

This evening I saw at Cooks Spinney School a fantastic school newspaper entirely written by the children. I thought, yes! That's just what we mean when we say schools can spend a %ge of their time being publishing and performing houses.

09/01/19

Please come and help yourselves to a free dictionary from our school reception. First come, first served. https://t.co/R4xKBrzYef

04/01/19

A fascinating interactive assembly delivered by ⁦⁩ covering 100,000 years of the history of Harlow https://t.co/IWBHcxgg9i

14/12/18

Year 6 at Academy looking at fragments of the moon. https://t.co/GVvvA3nnUK

14/12/18

On Tuesday evening at the BMAT under-11s & under-9s both won their respective finals of the LZ evening super-league. What a fabulous way to end the year https://t.co/kLNWJOJ1jc

14/12/18

Squirrels class are ready for their Christmas class party https://t.co/oPVFwzgROl

14/12/18

Year 5 Adders class have enjoyed making fairy angels this morning https://t.co/2y48J8QDNS

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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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