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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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Pupils take over assemblies

Posted: 11th January 2019

Confident young speakers are taking over assemblies at their primary school.

Pupils at Cooks Spinney Primary Academy are stepping up to the challenge of hosting their own ten-minute assemblies.

From January, at least one assembly each week will be planned and led by pupils who will put forward their ideas in an application process.

Headteacher Neil Stirrat will interview candidates who will outline what they would like to talk about. Successful pupils will be given an official letter from the head booking in their assembly slot.

The school already has weekly Spinney Speaks sessions which inspire pupils to enter into discussions in lessons about a range of topics as a way of boosting their vocabulary.

By taking the initiative one step further and into assembly, the aim is to increase pupils’ confidence and abilities in public speaking.

Mr Stirrat said: “We want to improve children’s confidence in public speaking and give them ownership of assemblies. It will get them thinking about what other children might want or need to know.”

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