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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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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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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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A new way of teaching children to read

A new way of teaching children to read

Posted: 3rd April 2019

A new way of teaching children to read is exposing them to rich and varied knowledge.

By the time pupils leave Cooks Spinney Primary Academy they will have read at least 36 full books, including the likes of Tom’s Midnight Garden, Iron Man, Jungle Book and Charlotte’s Web.

The move to reading whole books instead of studying extracts is to broaden pupils’ understanding of writing styles, storylines, periods of time and real-life history and facts which shape a story.

The school has invested heavily in ensuring every child has their own copy of the books they are studying, rather than having to share.

Reading is no longer done individually, instead whole classes read the same book together at the same time. All ability levels literally stay on the same page and read in a book club style together.

The work is part of the school’s multi-academy trust BMAT’s mission to rewrite and modernise the English curriculum.

Headteacher Neil Stirrat said: “The way we taught reading before, pupils were taught in small groups and looked at extracts. They would read an extract and answer questions on that. Now they have a whole text, they can understand the structure of stories and character development and improve their vocabulary.

“This way is more challenging for children. It is really pushing them while giving them more knowledge. BMAT is taking us towards a knowledge-rich curriculum and this is part of that.”

The work, which started in September, is already having an impact on what pupils know and how they use that knowledge.

Mr Stirrat said: “We have seen a massive improvement in what pupils are talking about and writing. Instead of writing in a story style, they are writing more critically. They are being much more critical about what they are reading; they could not do that if they were just reading extracts.

“Everything we are doing is based on research and the books are being carefully selected to provide that rich knowledge. One worry was our lower ability children. But, we have to be brave and all study the same text, answer the same questions and make sure nobody is left behind as we all read together. In fact, the biggest amount of progress we have seen has been from those who were making the least progress previously.”

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