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Year 3 took part today in The Great British Spring Clean organised through and collected rubbish from just outside the school. The children were amazed at the amount of rubbish that they collected in such a small area. https://t.co/C20gsH7jON


Year two’s best Wow Day ever https://t.co/RTpSsh1diY


Spinney pupils twisting and shouting! https://t.co/27ZRfxIBCC


Beatlemania hits Spinney! https://t.co/zZ5ZsvriVB


Spinney pupils rocking along with their very special guests today https://t.co/QPfqRaX3fm


An excited buzz around school this morning. Not long now.......#CooksSpinney https://t.co/oJuSYXL9Om


Some excited mini rockstars waiting for their concert to begin https://t.co/zlf1CY8p0r


Odd sock day today to raise awareness of Down Syndrome https://t.co/84IT23Z7KI


The Book Fair has arrived at Cooks Spinney today and will be here until 26th March. It is set up in the dining hall so please come and have a browse. https://t.co/aP79Unc9du


Last Friday, our tag rugby teams were given coaching at Harlow Rugby Grounds at the being of the session and then played against other schools in the area. The students really enjoyed it even though it was cold and windy https://t.co/euhDNVqGpQ


The pirates have arrived at Cooks Spinney searching for treasure https://t.co/PaGT2JRF8M


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We were treated today to two Spinney Speak assemblies. Lexi & Grace spoke about two of their favourite artists & then Joe assisted Riley who told us all about his cute pet hamster. Fantastic to see the children speaking so confidently in front of the school https://t.co/agnPkrVFBo


Demi and Jasmine kicked off the Spinney Speak round of assemblies for this week. They chose to talk to the school about self-esteem and believing in yourself. Good job girls https://t.co/esAZiWzz9k


Year 4’s acting out a compression wave in science https://t.co/E8A1N0gYnN


A special treat at lunchtime today for Red Nose Day. Delicious! https://t.co/7hsv93Hsdm


Red Nose Day at Cooks Spinney. The children have made a huge effort to dress brightly to raise awareness for Comic Relief https://t.co/GfoKyhuBzz


Today’s assembly topics were dogs and sharks. Well done Olivia, Dawson and Eloise for doing all of their research and being the brave pupils this morning https://t.co/q7YzzRSMlP


To celebrate Science week, we had two scientists who helped the children investigate acids and alkalines https://t.co/420fagevsP


Thank you to our parents and carers for their generous donations to Save the Children. We raised £257 for this very worthy cause https://t.co/KUZl4PubOL


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PE sessions for SEND pupils a success

PE sessions for SEND pupils a success

Posted: 18th July 2018

Children with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) are enjoying a full physical education programme in Harlow.

Pupils from the town’s BMAT primary schools – Cooks Spinney, Freshwaters and Little Parndon – who historically may have sat out of PE lessons are now thriving in their own tailored sessions.

Those with physical disabilities as well as pupils with developmental delays and conditions such as autism and ADHD take part in weekly classes with specialist sport teachers at partner school, Burnt Mill Academy.

Phil Dawes, BMAT director of PE and sport, has a team of PE apprentices working within the primaries, as well as students from Burnt Mill who are trained as Sport Leaders to assist with the sessions.

He said: “All pupils with special educational needs and disabilities from our primaries are invited to come and take part in PE lessons at Burnt Mill. While some take part in PE in their own schools, this gives them access to more facilities at the secondary school.

“Some of the pupils who take part have physical difficulties, while others have emotional or behavioural problems. We have pupils who are wheelchair users and others with dwarfism; so the class is full of a wide range of children with varying needs.”

A carousel of activities is set out and the sessions are, to a degree, led by the pupils and what they want to tackle.

Over time, changes are being noticed in attitude, confidence, behaviour and ability, which is having a positive knock-on effect in other areas of the pupils’ lives.

The sessions are equipping young SEND learners with the skills to take part inclusively in school once their confidence has been built through sport.

Mr Dawes, who has had training with his team on teaching children with SEND, said: “One pupil with autism took three weeks to step inside the sports hall; he waited outside with his teaching assistant until he became more comfortable with the environment. On the third week, he came in for 15 minutes and now he is starting to take part in the activities.

“We have to go with the pupils a little bit. It can’t be three minutes on one activity and then move on. We have visual aids on the wall, so children do know what we are doing when, such as snack time or packing up. It’s about inclusion and this way they have access to the facilities and help they need.”

As a result of this work, Burnt Mill Sports Leaders have been called upon to supervise at county events, such as boccia and swimming events for students with SEND.

Mr Dawes said: “We are picking up a reputation for working with students with SEND and so these opportunities are starting to come our way.

“It is giving our Sports Leaders a career pathway. One of our PE apprentices was a Sports Leader at Burnt Mill and is now working towards a degree and teacher training. We are showing students there is a pathway into careers in PE and sport that our leaders can move into.

“It is also breaking down barriers. When I was younger, schools were not so inclusive, but our students know how to work together; it’s lovely to see them support each other.”

Year 11 Sports Leader Kieran Biles has a new ambition since taking on his role: “I’ve wanted to be a PE teacher ever since these sessions. I am learning how to help people and teaching them new skills.”


For one Year 3 pupil from Cooks Spinney Primary Academy, PE lessons were not an option in the past.

But, his one to one teaching assistant, Tracy Taylor, is working with the PE specialists to ensure he gets active and takes part.

She said: “At first, he hated PE. Now, he wears ear defenders and we come in for ten minutes at a time and then have a break. Every week, I get his PE kit out, but he isn’t comfortable with getting changed into it. Three weeks ago, I managed to get him to put his shorts on.

“This group is great; it’s amazing. It’s helping him with his social skills and being in a new environment with people he doesn’t know. It’s such a major step for him. He has come on in leaps and bounds.”

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