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20/05/20

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Disadvantaged children have been provided with digital devices and unlimited broadband by their school to enable them to learn at home. https://t.co/gYx4PDbGaq https://t.co/oo3YYN5ZE7

18/05/20

Check out lots of fantastic art lessons from Ms. Clausen available here https://t.co/RAKOT2DJGN

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11/05/20

Our school kitchen has donated its leftover food to the homeless people of Harlow. The catering team at Cooks Spinney Primary Academy were keen to put their food stocks to good use during the Coronavirus lockdown. https://t.co/s9l0xZm5q0 https://t.co/fqfNjx5pPR

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11/05/20

Here is a short message from the Year 6 team to Wolves and Eagles pupils. https://t.co/zhRreYgdxg

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06/05/20

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BMAT are looking for community governors to work with our schools based in Epping, Harlow, Stansted (Essex) and Newham (London). For more info and to apply please contact governance.org.uk https://t.co/4PeEmoUn0z

05/05/20

Don't forget to visit our Facebook page to see daily videos of our teachers reading their favourite books! https://t.co/IJEMIKwElI

04/05/20

Lots of new stories to listen to at https://t.co/95flXxDxMX today!

30/04/20

Don't forget to visit https://t.co/XTw2lJcb40 to see amazing art lessons from our fabulous art teacher, Ms Clausen

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28/04/20

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Despite fighting for his life earlier this year, John Childs is doing all he can to support BMAT during the Coronavirus pandemic. He was left critically ill in January when a routine operation to remove kidney stones resulted in sepsis and pancreatitis. https://t.co/61UTG7i36g https://t.co/mYwBlpL2th

28/04/20

Find your home learning English lesson texts read by your teachers at https://t.co/95flXxDxMX. Just click on the home learning image, find your year group and listen to the texts. Enjoy. 📚

27/04/20

Well done to Lilly S and Owen F for their book reviews! You are our book prize winners! 👏😀

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23/04/20

Children are getting to enjoy daily story time sessions with their teachers from the comfort of their own homes. At Cooks Spinney Primary Academy teachers have launched the Spinney Stories website, featuring stories read by the school’s teachers. https://t.co/b9YqiVzT43 https://t.co/qjNoaULAra

22/04/20

Don't forget to submit your book reviews at https://t.co/95flXxDxMX by the end of this week. There are great book prizes up for grabs!

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09/04/20

Cooks Spinney Primary Academy & Nursery Retweeted
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Children of Key Workers have been in our schools creating art thanking our NHS and Key Workers. At 8pm we will . Thank you from BMAT. https://t.co/x42sYGl8Ao

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06/04/20

Look at this amazing banner our pupils have made! It’s now proudly displayed in our foyer. A big thank you to all key workers everywhere! We love you. https://t.co/AZdW1L84qD

03/04/20

New stories and poems added at https://t.co/95flXxV8Ev! Remember to keep reading and listening during the Easter break. Add a book review on our book club page to be entered into our book prize lucky draw. Winners will be announced the week of the 20th of April.

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01/04/20

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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

01/04/20

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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01/04/20

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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

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Early Years (Nursery and Reception)

The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) is the statutory framework that all early years settings must meet to ensure that children learn and develop. In school this refers to both the Nursery (Pixie class) and Reception (Unicorns and Sprites classes).  It promotes teaching and learning to ensure children are ready for school and gives children the broad range of knowledge and skills that provide the right foundation for good future progress through school and life.

The framework can be found here Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) - Schools.  

 

EARLY YEARS PRINCIPLES

To ensure all pupils have the best start in their education, Cooks Spinney sets out Early Years Principles.

1. Settling In

Children are likely to settle when they feel safe, secure and have a strong relationship with staff members. Cooks Spinney understands that settling in can be one of the most challenging aspects of school for young children. In order to ensure children settle, Cooks Spinney will; conduct home visits so pupils and families have the chance to meet their key workers; children will be invited to visit the school and classrooms prior to starting during our 'stay and play' sessions; children will have a settling in week of partial timetable to get used to the daily routines at school, and finally; learning environments are made to be interesting, welcoming and fun.     

Settling in also affects parents and carers. This can be a difficult period, even if your child has attended nursery or pre-school beforehand. Cooks Spinney will ensure parents are helped to support their child's development at home. We encourage parents to share important information and/or concerns about their child. The school will value this information and use it to help plan the learning and development for each child. 

2 . Learning Through Play 

'Play is the work of the child'  - Maria Montessori

Play and exploration gives children opportunities to develop a range of valuable skills. Cooks Spinney will provide children with opportunities to play that are satisfying and successful, helping children to remain enagaged. Staff will plan to support the children in making their own choices and the learning environments have easy access to toys, books and other resources. 

3. Behaviour Expectations

Children will be happy and emotionally secure when they are supported in managing their feelings and behaviour. The roles of the class teacher and support staff are critical in supporting the management of childrens' feelings and behaviour. Clear expectations of behaviour are shared and modelled with all children on their first day. Teachers and staff will carefully observe interactions and behaviour to ensure we support children to manage their feelings. 

4. Language and Communication

Children are more likely to suceed if they are able to listen, understand and share their thoughts and feelings. Children's communication and langauge skills will develop rapidly during the Early Years stage of education. Our learning environment is designed to support this. Children will learn to communicate at various phases of the day for example whilst playing or through structured 'carpet time'. Children's communication skills will also be developed through interactions with teachers and support staff. 

5 . Physical Development

Cooks Spinney believes children will have more opportunities to learn when their movement and coordination is allowed to flourish. Being able to run, climb, jump and balance is important to children's overall development including thier health and well-being. Cooks Spinney's learning environments provide ample opportunities for children to develop fine and gross motor skills. Children are also taught twice weekly by specialist PE teachers. 

6 . Understanding Learning 

Children are more likely to gain an understanding of learning when they develop a growth mind set. We encourage children to see mistakes as valauble learning opportunites. This form of thinking will be incredibly important for each child's future learning at Cooks Spinney.

For more information about Cooks Spinney's EYFS Principles - please see the downloads section at the bottom of this page.  

THE EARLY YEARS CURRICULUM

The Early Years curriculum comprises seven areas of learning covering each Early Learning Goal (ELG).

The prime areas of learning:

  • communication and language     
  • physical development
  • personal, social and emotional development

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The specific areas of learning:

  • literacy
  • mathematics
  • understanding the world
  • expressive arts and design

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Characteristics of effective learning:       

  • playing and exploring
  • active learning
  • creating and thinking critically

Assessment

This is based primarily on observation of daily activities and events. Teachers and EYFS co-educators note in particular the learning which a pupil demonstrates spontaneously, independently and consistently in a range of contexts. Accurate assessment takes account of a range of perspectives including those of the pupil, parents and other adults who have significant interactions with the pupil.

For more information about the Early Years Foundation Stage please make an appointment on 01279 437590

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