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24/02/20

Owls have been testing materials to discover which were either soluble or insoluble. This was done after careful planning and working collaboratively on the investigation. https://t.co/zSdxUKy3kX

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24/02/20

An interactive assembly this morning by Phoenix Theatre Company encouraged our children to be Active, Brave and Creative. What a fantastic way to start this half term. https://t.co/E3CLmH2KaS

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14/02/20

Foxes have been showcasing their projects for their topic about Asia. Today was volcanoes https://t.co/fcZ5NT2gtp

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14/02/20

Impeccable behaviour was rewarded on the last day of half term with an invitation to hot chocolate and biscuits by the Headteacher, Mr Stirrat. https://t.co/WDz1k3roj5

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13/02/20

Some photos from the Spinney Party this evening. A jolly good time was had by all. Thank you to the PTA for their hard work in putting this event together. https://t.co/Jf5AerRlJ5

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13/02/20

Pixie class have been learning Row Your Boat this week and made some boats of their own. They were then tested on the water in a very exciting boat race. https://t.co/0Dhs27xJPr

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12/02/20

Volunteers from held an assembly and then ran workshops explaining the life-saving work provided by Helicopter Emergency Medical Service (HEMS) for the critically ill and injured of Essex, Hertfordshire and surrounding areas. https://t.co/4zE3QJ8sua

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11/02/20

Pupils were encouraged during assembly today to keep their environment clean and tidy by two inspirational speakers. A very thought provoking assembly including a wonderful Question and Answer session at the end https://t.co/vYzRPMBDQR

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11/02/20

Young scientists proudly modelling the new lab coats bought with money raised by our wonderful PTA. Don't they look amazing? https://t.co/RQVJWP1SNf

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10/02/20

Our school hall was turned into a theatre when a travelling show came to visit. brought their Jack and the Beanstalk show to Cooks Spinney Primary Academy. https://t.co/yJ2uXBAc4F https://t.co/nYy71zxTiZ

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07/02/20

It must be Friday again! Time for Mr Stirrat to reward some more impeccably behaved pupils with hot chocolate and biscuits. https://t.co/RbUb8rOZg9

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06/02/20

This afternoon Butterflies class had a wonderful time investigating habitats and exploring the school's nature area. https://t.co/QvowIfbfvj

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06/02/20

Thank you to for hosting a fantastic morning full of fun-filled events. All children participated in archery, scooting, kurling and boccia. They will all be receiving a well-deserved certificate in tomorrow's assembly. https://t.co/afrJZI7LD3

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06/02/20

Today's Spinney Speaks Assembly kicked off on the subject of football. It was confidently delivered with lots of audience participation. https://t.co/84FusEgXcn

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05/02/20

It's decision time again for the Pen Factor Judges. Who will get their pen licence this week? https://t.co/5lnxSaykJa

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05/02/20

Fabulous hats made by these creative year 4 pupils for their homework projects. It’s wonderful to see all the effort being put in https://t.co/omCWecOFHp

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05/02/20

Ahoy, me hearties! Year one crew members have been busy today designing pirate hats, singing sea shanties and hunting for hidden treasure. Fortunately no students were made to walk the plank! https://t.co/VzrNt3yH6G

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04/02/20

Sprites class planted an Amaryllis at Christmas and they have enjoyed watching it grow on our window sill. Yesterday they were excited to see that a big beautiful red flower had emerged. Lots of the children had a go at painting it, producing some lovely artwork https://t.co/Iu2uYtDtpy

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04/02/20

In class today the children made houses for the three little pigs. Unfortunately while they were in the playground we had a visit from the big bad wolf who blew them to pieces! https://t.co/27xczo74nl

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04/02/20

Assemblies are back! Pupils have the opportunity to deliver an assembly of their choice. Today was all about the current Australian bushfires. The girls had clearly done their research and confidently shared their knowledge with the rest of the school https://t.co/ePeY70NfyU

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Rapper inspires poetry writing

Rapper inspires poetry writing

Posted: 25th November 2019

A loud and energetic performance from a rapper got children excited about poetry.

Hip hop artist, poet and award-winning author Karl Nova made pupils at Cooks Spinney Primary Academy look at poetry in a fresh new way during a visit to the school.

He spent the day inspiring young people to see the connection between the music they love and the art of poetry.

The author of Rhythm and Poetry told pupils: “Poetry makes me feel good. When I write it, I feel good; I feel like a superhero. When I share it with people like you, it makes you feel good and then we feel good together.”

The poet held workshops with Year 4, 5 and 6 to encourage them to write creatively and to know how to tackle poetry.

Karl said: “I hope children take away from today a love for poetry and see that it is not just something they learn about in school, but something they take home and attempt themselves.

“Children have secret writing habits we don’t even know about. We want to encourage and nurture that.

“I never had a poetry lesson in school. I had a cousin who played rap music to me and wrote with me. It became a bonding thing between me and my cousin. I want to take that love of writing and give it to children today.

“Rap stands for rhythm and poetry – they are being influenced by rap and do not even realise it is poetry. I have now made that connection for them.”

Magdalena Dackombe, Year 6 teacher and literacy co-ordinator, said: “In young people’s minds, poetry can appear really boring; they associate it with Shakespeare and things they do not necessarily understand.

“The whole message from today was fun and inspired children to have a go at writing their own poetry.

“Karl presents his poems as rap songs and the children absolutely loved that. He has been such an inspiration.”

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