Teachers Hub

Are you a teacher or staff member of a local primary school? Welcome!

At Co-op Academy Manchester we strive to support the entire community, and that includes working closely with local primary schools. This can include:

  • Working closely together to support the transition of Year 6 pupils into Year 7

  • Welcoming Year 5 and Year 4 children in for taster days, sample lessons and activities

  • Sharing our resources, training opportunities and more

COVID-19 makes this all a bit harder, but ensuring a smooth transition from primary to secondary is still a priority for us.

This work is co-ordinated by the Assistant Vice Principal in charge of Transition (Ms A O'Connor) and our Community Team. Get in touch by email to manc-community-m@coopacademies.co.uk

You may wish to use resources on this site in your lessons:

Year 5 poetry competition - The Future I Want

Twice a year, Ms Howarth from our English department invites primary school pupils to enter a creative writing competition - the winning entries receive a prize and are published in our Academy Life magazine.

This term, the competition is a little bit different than usual – we want pupils to write a poem entitled “The Future I Want”.

Why poetry?

Let's consider the plethora of positives that poetry has to offer:

Therapeutic: Poetry nurtures emotional expression and healing through self-expression and exploration of our own feelings. It provides a safe way to vent, examine and understand our feelings.

Self-awareness: Through raw expression of our thoughts and feelings, poetry can help us become more tuned in to what’s going on in our hearts and minds.

Creative thinking: With its emphasis on symbolism, metaphor and imagery, poetry writing stimulates and promotes creative thinking.

Critical thinking: Through the expression of our thoughts and ideas, poetry pushes us to challenge ourselves intellectually.

Language and speaking: Reading and writing poetry strengthens language, writing and speaking skills.

Developing perspective, empathy, and world views: Writing poetry often prompts us to look at the world from a variety of perspectives, which promotes empathy and expands our view of the world.

Cognitive function: Whether we’re searching for the perfect word, working out how to articulate a thought, or fine-tuning the rhythm of a poem, the steps involved in crafting poetry strengthen our reasoning processes.

Success criteria

A good poem does not have to rhyme, but may feature a rhyming scheme. It should boast a rich variety of figurative language, such as similes, metaphors, personification and onomatopoeia. A good poem will have one or more stanzas (verses). It could have lots of ambitious punctuation – although some poems have no punctuation at all!

Super challenge!

Why not push yourself one step further - research the following poetic techniques and include them in your competition entry: anaphora, caesura, enjambment.

You may decide to add an illustration too.

How to enter

The closing date for entries is Friday 11 June.

Teachers – please select and email your top three entries per class to manc-community-m@coopacademies.co.uk

Entries should be selected based on effort, focus and enthusiasm.

We can't wait to read your poems! Good luck!

Resources for teaching your class about Transition - no matter what school they are going to

We encourage local primary schools to adopt the 'Be Awesome, Go Big' transition project from book publishers Hachette School. We believe these are high quality resources (many of them free) that help children move to secondary school.

This is a great series of activities to work through during Year 6's summer term.

For our main feeder primary schools, we provide copies of the 'You Are Awesome' books for use with your pupils.

Resources for supporting your pupils who are joining us in September

Please share good examples of your pupils' work - what they are proud of and what they are capable of

  • You don’t need a Dropbox account to use this service. (If you do already use Dropbox, it’s easier if you log out before using this link.)

  • It will ask for your first and last name – please put the pupil’s name in this section so we can easily see whose work this is.

  • It will also ask for an email address – please use your email. You will be emailed a confirmation of the upload.

GDPR and information sharing

For us to ensure that students are welcome and supported throughout transition, and to ensure they continue to work to their full capabilities, we will be asking you to share information with us.

Coming soon - a copy of our information sharing and GDPR processes.

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