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24/05/19

Cooks Spinney children enjoying some of the activities at the Star after-school childcare club that runs every day in our dining hall from 15:15-17:30. https://t.co/FkbeDKUMkY

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24/05/19

Unicorns class loved seeing all the animals at yesterday that we have learnt about this term in our ‘Animals’ topic. They also loved seeing the dinosaurs, especially the scary t-rex! https://t.co/nx0rPRZeSZ

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24/05/19

Pupils enjoying the new Activall boards in the KS1 and KS2 playgrounds https://t.co/FruOkIMclU

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24/05/19

Pupils are wearing non-uniform today and have made donations to support the work of founder and inspirational speaker, James Shone, a former teacher who lost most of his sight to a brain tumour https://t.co/7N6E4nqBBC

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23/05/19

Children enjoying the Cooks Spinney after-school sports clubs today https://t.co/MwLloskX7w

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23/05/19

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Working families are now able to leave their children in the safe hands of their school until teatime. , in Harlow, has launched an after-school childcare provision in support of working parents. https://t.co/QuuzKEcChz https://t.co/xZEKXMAfVX

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23/05/19

Some more brave pupils showing off their talents today https://t.co/0gWmrzPt1W

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23/05/19

Today was KS2's turn to shine at the Spinney's Got Talent show. What wonderfully talented children attend Cooks Spinney https://t.co/DZ5QO80ozi

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22/05/19

Ladybirds enjoying their visit to St Mary-at-Latton Church this afternoon https://t.co/poisIeqVxp

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22/05/19

Here are the winners of the KS1 Spinneys Got Talent competition. Well done to all of the brave entrants that took part https://t.co/IIgMiIBeS1

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21/05/19

Eagles enjoyed making their own pizza at Pizza Express this morning. Looks delicious! https://t.co/dbuKUceTiA

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16/05/19

The Great British Picnic this afternoon at Cooks Spinney. A beautiful day for the children to have their lunch outside https://t.co/7KJQX6Ko5g

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16/05/19

Year 4 entered the magical world of Harry Potter yesterday. An amazing day out was had by all https://t.co/DJg8CtLuBW

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15/05/19

More photos from Pixie's farm visit today https://t.co/YKAtH0KUMi

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15/05/19

Pixie class had a visit from some very special friends today. The farm came to Cooks Spinney today! https://t.co/tfTNOcPr9s

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14/05/19

Pupils having fun on the first day of Cooks Spinney's after-school child care Star Club yesterday. https://t.co/M9RZOuhu5l

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13/05/19

Our excellent year 6 Netball team worked tirelessly till the final whistle and only lost out narrowly by a 1-0 defeat in our last game of the day. Their team spirit and never say die attitude was amazing. So proud of them. https://t.co/sGJOlESydb

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KS1

The Curriculum 2014 is the basis for our curriculum in Key Stage 1 (Years 1 and 2). 

Subjects covered within the curriculum are:

English; Mathematics; Science; Computing; History; Geography; Music;  Physical Education; Art and Design; Design Technology and Religious Education, PSHE (Personal, Social and Health Education), Cooking and Nutrition

 

The ‘Enriched Curriculum’ – KS1

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At Cooks Spinney, we follow an ‘enriched curriculum’ for foundation subjects that prepares pupils for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of life in the 21st century.

To find out more about The Enriched Curriculum at Cooks Spinney please feel free to ask a member of staff or click here.

Numeracy and Mathematics

At Cooks Spinney Primary, we use every relevant subject to develop pupils’ mathematical fluency. Pupils are taught to apply arithmetic fluently to problems, understand and use measures, make estimates and check that their work makes sense. Pupils apply their geometric and algebraic understanding and are also taught the cycle of collecting, presenting and analysing data. They are taught to apply their mathematics to problems, including breaking down more complex problems into a series of simpler steps.

Language and Literacy

We develop pupils’ spoken language, reading, writing and vocabulary as integral aspects of the teaching of every subject. English is both a subject in its own right and the medium for teaching; for pupils, understanding the language provides access to the whole curriculum. Fluency in the English language is an essential foundation for success in all subjects.

Speaking and Listening

Pupils are taught to speak clearly and convey ideas confidently using Standard English. They learn to justify ideas with reasons; ask questions to check understanding; develop vocabulary and build knowledge; negotiate; evaluate and build on the ideas of others; and select the appropriate register for effective communication.

Reading and Writing

Pupils are taught to read fluently, understand extended prose and are encouraged to read for pleasure. Classrooms are well stocked with fiction, non-fiction and poetry books; and we set ambitious expectations for reading at home. Pupils develop the stamina and skills to write at length, with accurate spelling and punctuation. They are taught the correct use of grammar. The writing they do includes narratives, explanations, descriptions, comparisons, summaries and evaluations: such writing supports them in rehearsing, understanding and consolidating what they have heard or read.

Science

Our aim is to ensure that all pupils:

  • develop scientific knowledge and conceptual understanding through the specific disciplines of biology, chemistry and physics
  • develop understanding of the nature, processes and methods of science through different types of science enquiries that help them to answer scientific questions about the world around them
  • are equipped with the scientific knowledge required to understand the uses and implications of science, today and for the future.

Scientific enquiry includes: observing over time; pattern seeking; identifying, classifying and grouping; comparative and fair testing (controlled investigations); and researching using secondary sources. Pupils seek answers to questions through collecting, analysing and presenting data.

Modern Languages

At Cooks Spinney, we believe it is important for our pupils to be exposed to modern foreign languages from an early age - learning a language from year 1, they can continue that language into Secondary School and beyond, making our pupils global citizens and communicators. 

Art and Design

We offer excellent provision in creative art and technical design. Our specialist teachers allow children to express their creativity and develop a range of artistic and design skills including sculpture, painting, textiles and sketching.

We also encourage pupils to criticise works of art and comment on their cultural and artistic significance.

PE

Cooks Spinney offers brilliant facilities and inspiring teaching for PE. Our team of specialist teachers and coaches deliver a wide range of lessons and after-school clubs for all children in Reception to year 6. The academy also provides the opportunity for gifted and talented pupils to represent Cooks Spinney in variety of tournaments and competitions.    

Time Devoted to Subject Areas

Literacy (Writing and Reading Including Phonics) - 5 sessions per week (1hr 30mins each) 

Numeracy - 5 session per week (1hr each) + 15mins Mental Maths 4 days per week

Science - 2 sessions per week (45mins - 1hr each)

Enriched Curriculum - 2 sessions per week (45mins - 1hr each)

Modern Languages* - 1 session per week (30mins)

Art and Design* - 1 session per week (45mins)

PE* - 2 sessions per week (45mins - 1hr each)

*These lessons are delivered by specialist teachers. 

Homework Policy

All pupils are encouraged to complete homework tasks, although these will vary in complexity according to the age of your child. Homework includes reading, practising writing and maths skills as well as projects which may be carried out over a longer period of time. Please see our Homework Policy for more detailed guidance.

Inclusion

At Cooks Spinney, we set high expectations for every pupil. We plan challenging work for pupils whose attainment is significantly above the expected standard. We carefully plan lessons for pupils who have low levels of prior attainment or come from disadvantaged backgrounds. We use a range of assessments to set targets which are deliberately ambitious.

All pupils are valued and are entitled to equality of educational opportunity. We take account of our duties under equal opportunities legislation that covers race, disability, sex, religion or belief, sexual orientation, pregnancy and maternity, and gender reassignment.

We work with families and specialists to identify pupils who may have special educational needs, some of whom also have disabilities. Lessons are planned to ensure that there are no barriers to every pupil achieving. The SEN Code of Practice includes advice on approaches to identification of need and outlines what needs to be done for them.

With the right teaching that recognises their individual needs, many disabled pupils may have little need for additional resources beyond the aids which they use as part of their daily life. We plan lessons so that these pupils can study every national curriculum subject.

We take account of the needs of pupils whose first language is not English. Monitoring of progress takes account of the pupil’s age, length of time in this country, previous educational experience and ability in other languages.

 

For more information about our Key Stage One curriculum please make an appointment with our Head of KS1 - Jen Pearce on 01279 437590

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