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Year 6 getting creative and enjoying their Japanese Wow Day https://t.co/RkupB91ZT9


Sparrowhawks celebrating Japanese WOW Day. https://t.co/PzEt7P3MWQ


The Foxes have been shading in grapes to help them learn about the phases of the moon https://t.co/9elQuAV0Xr


Staff and children having fun at the school disco last night! https://t.co/ZbY1pgkdeC


Notice to parents - Cooks Spinney phone lines are now all back up and running.


Notice to all parents and carers- phone lines at school are down at the moment. Engineer is on the way. If you need to contact the school urgently please email admin.org.uk or tweet us. Thanks


Sprites celebrating Chinese New Year https://t.co/vJNXJUUCOY


Ladybirds exploring 3D shapes by making their own https://t.co/WG6BWebAJ0


Year 1 learning about fire and safety in the home today https://t.co/QmQNPDRxZj


Congratulations to Squirrels as winners of the "Best Snowman" competition. Squirrels received 21 likes, Sprites took second place on 17 likes with third place going to morning Pixies with 11 likes. Well done to all snowman builders and a big thank you to the likers! https://t.co/isSml6rN81


Ladybirds had fun constructing a stable space tower. The winners were the orange plate! https://t.co/8kflFFXzYg


Year one re-enacting The Great Fire of London! https://t.co/TqVXgCPWaK


Thank you to 2020 Dreams/2020 Effect for their thought provoking workshop delivered to our year 5 and 6 pupils today https://t.co/hAolIOZCZa


Here is the winner of the ⁦ voucher with all of her goodies. Well done Angel! https://t.co/kPpqAhpC4W


Pixies were joined by Butterflies for P.E. https://t.co/t7EPXCCvre


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Proving students do their research before meeting Harlow MP https://t.co/GF5oakq5fy


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⁩ pupil Millie has arrived to interview ⁦https://t.co/0SLIOjY8W9


First day of breakfast at Cooks Spinney https://t.co/fwyYKGJ8Gl


The Spinney Choir having an amazing time at the O2 yesterday ⁦ https://t.co/suQ2L74BLw


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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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