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The youngest members of our school proudly showing off their Easter bonnets today. They all looked wonderful. https://t.co/whAlobhNLh


Today's skippers totalled 157,142 skips. Well done to all of the staff and pupils involved and even some of the parents! https://t.co/Tb03iXnF4z


Easter fun today in Reception. These are just a few of the hats proudly being worm in Early Years today https://t.co/dTqZivbIHf


Pixies have planted magic beans after reading Jack and the Bean Stalk. The children have watered them every day and are very proud of how big they have grown! https://t.co/Ej3xkBLKmT


A few more pictures today from Year 5's Wow day. Some of the children even held the snake! https://t.co/VaIMTpRvLD


Year 5 were treated to a visit from Ventura Wildlife for their Wow day today. The children were all very brave and held lots of different animals and mini-beasts https://t.co/70hCwkNEhZ


As one of the first 1000 schools to enter Premier League Writing Stars poetry competition, we were lucky enough to receive some fantastic free poetry books specially picked by the National Literacy Trust. Thank you to https://t.co/7ev2UWPJlT


Samia and Ava delivering their assembly about their passion for reading. Well done girls for a confident and informative assembly https://t.co/3k46BKcsYz


Many thanks to Beardwell Construction, with the help of Ivor Goodsite, for their site safety assembly yesterday. The children have already started to hand in their safety posters for the competition. https://t.co/HgvZ7OTpcD


The Cooks Spinney Catering Team were awarded a 5 star food rating this morning. Congratulations ladies, well deserved https://t.co/jgG8fzFLuS


Excellent effort from our year 5/6 boys football team against St Luke's which we unfortunately lost. However, we played Little Parndon next in a friendly match and beat them 8-0. A brilliant team performance! https://t.co/0ysGUxW7vV


These students were brilliant with year 3/4 boys and girls teams taking gold and year 5/6 team taking silver which was excellent. Joseph from Otters won his race and Ivy and James came 2nd in theirs https://t.co/uySonkwWX4


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Ivor came to visit at this bright Monday morning. https://t.co/piLMmgyrtq


Ayanna from Frogs class today with her amazing piece of work. Well done Ayanna https://t.co/B0SfI1KVeZ


Year 6 at Latton Bush this morning learning valuable safety life skills https://t.co/1uyqB2RQdp


Reception and Nursery enjoying their teddy bears picnic yesterday https://t.co/ntNGHPfDWD


So proud of our Year 3's 😀 https://t.co/areL412waP


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Ten widths of a swimming pool, five laps of a playground on a bike and a run around a school field saw pupils become triathletes. Pupils from primary schools within the BMAT group of schools in Harlow competed for the third year in a triathlon. Full story https://t.co/LSKkoB90hB https://t.co/DazpvIChyN


All the students did amazingly well at the cross country running on Friday where they were competing against at least 100 other competitors in tough, cold, windy conditions. We are so proud of all of the students and they all really enjoyed the day https://t.co/X3TFK6fgQk


An out of this world assembly today by Maija and Weronika. Well done girls! https://t.co/5gC8qK1Sbi


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The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) is the statutory framework that all early years settings must meet to ensure that children learn and develop well.  In school this refers to both the Nursery (Pixie class) and Reception (Gala and Pippin class).  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 revised framework for the EYFS has been implemented from 1 September 2012.

The framework can be found here Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) - Schools.  We teach this framework through topics that excite the children; we gather their ideas through mind-mapping and plan according to their needs and interests. 

Cooks Spinney Primary offers a curriculum which is broad and balanced and which promotes the spiritual, moral, cultural, mental and physical development of pupils at the school and of society. Our curriculum prepares pupils for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of life in the 21st century. Our curriculum comprises all learning and other experiences that we plan for our pupils. The national curriculum forms one part of the school curriculum. In addition to the national curriculum, we make provision for a daily act of collective worship and teach religious education, personal, social, health and economic education (PSHE) and sex and relationships education (SRE) to pupils at every key stage.


The Early Years curriculum comprises seven areas of learning covering each Early Learning Goal (ELG). To reach a Good Level of Development (GLD), pupils must achieve at least expected levels in the prime areas and in literacy and mathematics by the end of the Reception year.

The prime areas of learning:

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


The specific areas of learning:

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


Characteristics of effective learning:       

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


Assessments are 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 each ELG, teachers and EYFS co-educators judge whether a pupil is meeting the level of development expected at the end of the Reception year (expected), exceeding this level (exceeding), or not yet reaching this level (emerging).



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 the Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum please make an appointment with our Head of Early Years - Francesca Harris on 01279 437590

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