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✨ Here’s some of our wonderful choir children singing some tunes at the Christmas Market yesterday 🎄 🎶 pic.twitter.com/0CrOBiW7Fp

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🎅🏻 Thank you everyone who came to see us at our Christmas Market yesterday! What a wonderful way to get into the festive mood! 🎄 pic.twitter.com/On2O5tfgWQ

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Happy Saturday! 🎅🏻 Just a reminder that our Christmas market will be on from 12pm-4pm today!⛄️ Wrap up warm and come and join us! 🎄 pic.twitter.com/gTG3le4gYQ

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🍫☕ Well done to our pupils who celebrated their achievements this week with a hot chcolate with Mrs Wade! Keep up the hard work! 💚 pic.twitter.com/yEIOX1lld9

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🎅 The Christmas cheer continues as Santa arrived at and was greeted with high fives before handing out the presents 🤚 🎁 🎄#SantaVlog pic.twitter.com/gSINBkBXu8

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🎄✨ We are very much looking forward to seeing many of you at our Christmas Market this Saturday! 🎄✨ Today is the last day to buy Santa’s Grotto tickets after school 🧑‍🎄 Raffle tickets will also be on sale today ⭐️ pic.twitter.com/qFPD4qsiYe

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🐰 🦄 Rabbits and Unicorns Class had a great time in PE this morning. They buddied up and worked on their gymnastics skills together! 🤸 pic.twitter.com/G6WDVsiUFj

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❗SCHOOL TOUR BOOKING DEADLINE TOMORROW 12PM 👪 We're looking forward to welcoming families to view our school on Wednesday 22nd November🕘 9:30am, 10:30am and 11:00am time slots available🌐 Book online: https://t.co/OJaHzaR5Wm pic.twitter.com/JxBwJkXD6m

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💛 What a lovely, colourful way to end the week celebrating Thank you for all your donations - we raised a total of £159💛 pic.twitter.com/8salO1jG2t

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❗SCHOOL TOUR 👪 We're looking forward to welcoming families to view our school🗓️ Wednesday 22nd November🕘 9:30am, 10:30am and 11:00am time slots available🌐 Book online: https://t.co/OJaHzaR5Wm pic.twitter.com/JOg7l0O6RU


❗SCHOOL TOUR 👪 We're looking forward to welcoming families to view our school🗓️ Wednesday 22nd November🕘 9:30am, 10:30am and 11:00am time slots available🌐 Book online: https://t.co/XbHt7VeisZ

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🐞📚 Look who’s been spotted in the library! The Ladybirds class love to curl up with good books and good friends. pic.twitter.com/oLhCk5b8nH

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In keeping with , our nursery pupils showed their respect by creating their own poppies 🌹 🪖 pic.twitter.com/75TQjkdySk

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TOMORROW!Open Evening from 4:00pm - 6:00pmWe're looking forward to welcoming prospective families to view our school pic.twitter.com/wuAhPYJKcv

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TOMORROW!Open Evening from 4:00pm - 6:00pmWe're looking forward to welcoming prospective families to view our school pic.twitter.com/G1Qub5ggCh

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☕️ Mr Girvan was delighted to be the host for our event, rewarding our pupils for their hard work pic.twitter.com/n73sFHMrGX

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📢 Meet Cooks Spinney's new Head Pupil Team!🤝 Our Head Boy and Head Girl, along with the Deputy Head Boy and Head Girl pic.twitter.com/h3WOMoYCkw

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❓There are still tickets available for our Family Quiz Night this Friday ❗️Children and adults are invited to take part in the quiz and compete for the cash prize!There will be a table of teachers also competing!Tickets will be on sale today in the dining hall after school. pic.twitter.com/wjKniNEubG

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OPEN EVENINGWe're looking forward to welcoming prospective families to view our school on Wednesday 8th November. The event runs from 4:00pm - 6:00pm pic.twitter.com/oqL4bHi02N


🥁🎹🎤🎸 More rockin' and rollin' with the crew. ⭐️ Stars of the future! pic.twitter.com/VS0zglVdTq

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Early Years

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.  


To ensure all pupils have the best start in their education, Cooks Spinney has six Early Years Principles:

1. Settling In

Children are more 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 and class teachers; 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 important for 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. We use the Tapestry App to ensure parents and carers so are kept in the loop at all times.  

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.

Reception Curriculum Overview

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

The prime areas of learning are:

  • - Communication and language     
  • - Physical development
  • - Personal, social and emotional development


The specific areas of learning are:

  • - Literacy (Reading and Writing)
  • - Mathematics
  • - Understanding the world
  • - Expressive arts and design


For full details of our Early Years curriculum, please download the overview at the bottom of this page.

Tapestry App - Keeping Parents and Carers in the Loop!

At Cooks Spinney, we use the Tapestry App in Nursery and Reception to keep parents updated on daily acheivements, important news, school events and home learning activites. Access to the Tapestry App is free of charge to all parents. Once your child is enrolled, you will be sent an activation letter. 


Assessment of your child's learning is based primarily on observation of daily activities and events. Teachers and EYFS co-educators note (often using the Tapestry App) the learning a pupil demonstrates 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.


How to use Tapestry - a guide for our parents - Little Explorers |  Childrens Nursery in Suffolk

EYFS English Curriculum

From their first day, pupils in Nursery and Reception begin learning to read and write at Cooks Spinney using the Read, Write Inc programme. For more information regarding this programme please click HERE


We also prepare pupils for later life by encouraging a love of reading. We do this by reading to our pupils - lots and lots! We share excellent books during our fun and engaging 'Spinney Stories' sessions.  


Please see the English curriculum document below to see how we promote a love of reading and a full list of books we share with our Nursery and Reception pupils. 



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