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More than 6,000 pieces of much-needed personal protection equipment (PPE) have been donated to the by the BMAT family of schools in Harlow, Epping and Stansted in Essex and Newham in London. https://t.co/2kuQZH6YbV https://t.co/N3GTShyrVC


The winner of the lucky draw from yesterday's competition is the Hemes family!👏 Today's challenge: can you identify who is joyfully sharing "Tiny Turtle" on https://t.co/95flXxDxMX? Post your answers to win.

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Lucia Glynn

We’ve emptied our stocks across our schools and this morning ⁦⁩ has delivered over 3000 pieces of PPE equipment to the ⁦⁩ to protect those on the front line treating . https://t.co/A6v7BKLzeB


Can you guess the reader? Go to https://t.co/95flXxDxMX Listen to the poem, “The Particular Way of the Odd Ms McKay” to identify our special guest reader and you could win a book prize! Post your answer and all entries will go into a lucky draw for the prize.


Hi everyone! Take a look at our new online story website at https://t.co/95flXxDxMX There are lots of stories, poems and rhymes for you to enjoy. You can even add your own book reviews in the book club area. Have fun and enjoy the stories. 😊


You can't visit the theatre right now but the theatre can visit you! With West End Shows closing their doors to the public 'The Wind In The Willows' is now streaming online for free. They are just asking for a small donation to charity. https://t.co/82QGGX7KP0

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Incredible illusions and the magic of chromatography made for an exciting . Pupils at Cooks Spinney Primary Academy got hands-on during the week dedicated to science. https://t.co/Zziu0Icx94 https://t.co/9ATtW4wY7H


Boost your English, maths and general knowledge skills while helping to end world hunger! Visit https://t.co/XOJMUU2Rry and for every question you get correct, the website will donate 10 grains of rice to people in need around the world!


Please can we remind you to visit https://t.co/imGkZdJio7 where you can find lots of links to free learning resources.

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We have set up a community bookswap outside the school gates. If you need to stock up on books for your home please come and help yourselves. All we ask is that you follow the Government’s advice on social distancing when using it. Thank you https://t.co/jRCuLtoWjs


https://t.co/OUs6e761pC are offering free audiobooks to all children during the enforced school closures - please visit https://t.co/pMFAjHXLj5 to start listening!

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Some of our year 6s sent some cheer to the residents of Ashlyn Care Home today. Pupils made some cards as they are no longer allowed to have visitors. https://t.co/8GfD6xRMeg

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Cooks Spinney pupils pulled up their odd socks today to raise awareness of World Down Syndrome Day that falls on 21st March. https://t.co/hDSog2yyLv


PE lessons with - a great way to keep active while we are closed! https://t.co/wqyyoTWKRQ

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Ladybirds put their maths skills to the test to solve the Easter Egg Hunt! https://t.co/VZnsJLEzFx

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Young people learnt the importance of fundraising to keep the county’s air ambulance operating. Essex & Herts Air Ambulance held workshops to explain to pupils at Cooks Spinney what the medical service does and how it can be supported. https://t.co/RDXDZAp06E https://t.co/vWzGyBOcu7

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Year 6 joining forces in the hall to create coronavirus posters. ! https://t.co/T8dFqA5Xgw

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Instead of building dens in Hatfield Forest today, Ladybirds made dens for Winnie-the-Pooh and friends in our nature area! https://t.co/fUGOGT1ykG

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Cooks Spinney Primary Academy & Nursery Retweeted
Lucia Glynn

Today at and we’d like to give a big shout-out to who made up 200 of these fantastic lunch boxes in less than 2 hours , ensuring our children had a healthy meal, when staff shortages got the better of us! https://t.co/VAqLvwVP9n

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They've arrived!Two bags full of PE equipment have been received from in exchange for the two posters that we managed to fill with stickers brought in by our children. Thank you to everyone that helped to fill the posters. https://t.co/aA3sFDcl6D

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English is taught daily using our set texts for each year group. These texts have been selected specifically for our curriculum. 

The criteria for choosing the set texts are; cultural capital, challenge, variation and conceptual richness. We also consider how these texts build upon knowledge and concepts year after year. 

Here’s one example: Aesop’s Fables is read in year 1 - a culturally important, challenging text that teaches us that stories contain messages. This then leads to The Velveteen Rabbit in year 2 which moves us from moral to theme, and from fable to short story. This leads to Pinocchio in year 3 which develops the themes found in The Velveteen Rabbit i.e. the transformative power of love and is culturally significant and challenging. This then leads to Philip Pullman’s Clockwork in year 4; again the book develops the theme of love's transformative power but also introduces a contemporary writer and a meta-story within a story (an idea that will come up again and again in fiction). Ultimately, this reading route can carry our pupils to the most complex texts ever written.

Set Texts for Academic Year 2019/20

Please see below for a list of our set texts for the current acadmic year. A copy of each book will be provided to pupils for English lessons but we also encourage pupils to explore these texts at home. 

Year 1 

Handa's Surprise by Eileen Browne (1994)

The Story Tree by Hugh Lipton (2005)

A First Book of Nature by Nicola Davies (2004)

Amazing Grace by Mary Hoffman (1990)

Aesop's Fables retold by Michael Morpurgo (2004)

Year 2

The Velveteen Rabbit by Margery Williams (1922)

The Magic Finger by Roald Dahl (1966)

Winnie the Pooh by A.A. Milne (1921)

Greek Myths retold by Geraldine McCaughrean (1993)

Year 3 

Pinocchio by Carlo Collodi (1883)

The Iron Man by Ted Hughes (1968)

Charlotte's Web by E.B. White (1952)

The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis (1950)

Emil and the Detectives by Erich Kastner (1929)

Traditional Tales by Various Authors

Year 4 

Clockwork by Philip Pullman (1996)

Alice's Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll (1865)

The Railway Children by Edith Nesbit (1906)

Selected Poems by Various Poets 

Year 5 

Journey to Johannesburg by Beverley Naidoo (1985)

Esperanza Rising by Pam Muñoz Ryan (2000)

Arabian Nights retold by Geraldine McCaughrean (1999)

Tom's Midnight Garden by Phillipa Pearce (1958)

The Wolves of Willoughby Chase by Joan Aitken (1962)

Year 6  

The Rime of the Ancient Mariner by Samuel Taylor Coleridge (1798)

Skellig by David Almond (1998)

Fire, Bed and Bone by Henrietta Branford (1997)

Selected Speeches including Martin Luther King and Malala Yousafzai


Specific Areas of Learning

Cooks Spinney's English curriculum focusses on the following areas of learning:

Language Development

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.


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