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25/06/19

The children being musical today in the first of the music workshops that are taking place throughout this week with https://t.co/5mU7tqSN8j

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24/06/19

Children enjoying Star Club after school today https://t.co/aNWwgOw4M3

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21/06/19

Pixie children investigating our latest admissions. The class caterpillars have arrived and the children are very excited to see what they will turn into. https://t.co/RfaecYhsG9

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21/06/19

A fabulous turnout for our KS1 and KS2 Sports day today. Well done to all who took part and a big thank you to all of the organisers. Butterflies were the overall winners of KS1 and Eagles took the number one spot for KS2 https://t.co/5zSzyy4oSX

21/06/19

Get yourselves down to the amazing circus event on Saturday 6th July. Shows are at 1pm and 2.30pm - Tickets are selling fast! £6.50 each https://t.co/LYHx6JJeir

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21/06/19

Unicorn class preparing for Sports Day https://t.co/MN0cAfNe2p

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20/06/19

Sprites class read the story of 'The Bad Tempered Ladybird' and painted these lovely ladybird pebbles! https://t.co/YfNBrUqmO8

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20/06/19

Cooks Spinney afternoon nursery children showing off their running skills at Sports Day https://t.co/Lcia8WCNSj

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20/06/19

More pictures from year 6's final trip with Cooks Spinney. They all had a fantastic day out at Chatham Green https://t.co/FpTdj2jdFC

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20/06/19

Having fun at Chatham Green https://t.co/QB7FhDNgRC

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20/06/19

The rain stayed away and our morning Pixies had the chance to take part in their very first sports day! https://t.co/8ielTn4oBx

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20/06/19

Sparrowhawks have now moved on to pond dipping https://t.co/6PQ2C4DkKE

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20/06/19

Our year 6 daytrippers learning how to survive the great outdoors https://t.co/waUWvYQMHi

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20/06/19

Sparrowhawks den building today at Chatham Green Wilderness Foundation https://t.co/WkTOE3cdef

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19/06/19

Our Social Skills Intervention Group had the opportunity to enjoy a music workshop with this afternoon. The children had a blast interacting and expressing themselves through music https://t.co/qbW5OF3fdq

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19/06/19

Another fantastic visit by for our Nursery children today https://t.co/hK4M6tZ3j1

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19/06/19

Year one performed the final class assembly today for this academic year. What a great way to end the run of fantastic assemblies that we have had this year. Well done to all https://t.co/qOMv0XeKBl

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18/06/19

Cooks Spinney entered two teams for the tennis tournament at Harlow Tennis Club. One team came fifth and the other team won the tournament 7-3 after the game went to a tie-breaker against St Albans. https://t.co/YszTjmNi9r

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18/06/19

Year 3 had a roaring good time today. https://t.co/1b4AOaVygZ

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18/06/19

Come and join us at 3:15pm in the dining hall this Friday to purchase your wristbands for the inflatables at the summer fete, to buy some nearly new books and for information about joining the school's PTA. We'll see you there! https://t.co/96B7891W1H

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EYFS

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

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

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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

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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).

 

INCLUSION

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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