Hide Search Bar

Twitter Wall

@CooksSpinneyclose
Twitter Image

19/01/23

Cooks Spinney Primary Academy & Nursery Retweeted
BMAT

‼️TENDER OPPORTUNITY‼️ BMAT Education are inviting tenders for out of school hours hire of (Harlow) swimming pool 🏊 April '23 - Aug '26. For full details and tender pack please visit https://t.co/Qw7TwEWwjQ https://t.co/Bo3ZNoHrbp

Twitter Image

12/01/23

Cooks Spinney Primary Academy & Nursery Retweeted
BMAT

🕑 The deadline to apply for a primary school place in Essex is Sunday 15th January. 💻You can apply online at https://t.co/mSPxT0TdTV 🌟 Harlow 🌐 Harlow 🌳 Harlow 🏰 Stansted Mountfitchet 🌳 Roydon https://t.co/TkDxQXa1Ue

Twitter Image

10/01/23

Dear parents/carers, This half term we are running an exciting competition that we hope all the children in the school will get involved in. Please see the attached poster for full details. We look forward to seeing your photos! Good luck! https://t.co/bXwsasRdAk

Twitter Image

05/01/23

Cooks Spinney Primary Academy & Nursery Retweeted
BMAT

Happy New Year 🎉 and welcome back to our students across Essex and Newham! Starting 2023 with big smiles 😀 https://t.co/zqoPaQsRbe

Twitter Image

04/01/23

Cooks Spinney Primary Academy & Nursery Retweeted
BMAT

Happy New Year 🎉 This morning we welcomed back our teaching and support staff to our schools. 😀 Smiles all round as they prepare in anticipation of our students returning tomorrow. https://t.co/UbV199lNn9

Twitter Image

16/12/22

Cooks Spinney Primary Academy & Nursery Retweeted
BMAT

Merry Christmas to all our students, staff and families. We hope you enjoy the festive break. 🎅🎄❄️☃️ https://t.co/9nrG8Eb1dN

16/12/22

Children’s knowledge of famous works of art was commended during a gallery tour, as Year 3 pupils visited the National Gallery. https://t.co/zuMGJHMdjr

Twitter Image

30/11/22

Cooks Spinney Primary Academy & Nursery Retweeted
BMAT

Our friends at are hosting a Santa's Grotto 🎅 at the GPCA in Harlow on 10th December. Full info and booking on https://t.co/RAbXDxVPwx https://t.co/RgZ6IsZ1CO

24/11/22

Year 3 artists had an amazing time at the National Gallery seeing Van Gogh's Sunflowers, Rousseau (the tiger painting) Stubb's horse and much more. Their behaviour was exemplary and were a credit to the school. Please click on the link for a short video. https://t.co/xWAyTEoSKe

Twitter Image

17/11/22

England Rocks at Cooks Spinney! https://t.co/WqyMn4JwEV

Twitter Image

04/11/22

Year 5 enjoyed a visit from Science Horizon today. They had great fun learning about the Space race, meteorites, exploring the Solar System and astronaut training. https://t.co/mDwjSOAwJo

01/11/22

Cooks Spinney Primary Academy & Nursery Retweeted
BMAT

📢 We're Hiring! (Harlow) have a vacancy for an SEMH Manager 📄 For application details, please visit our website https://t.co/kWD1Wh2hYq

21/10/22

Cooks Spinney Primary Academy & Nursery Retweeted
BMAT

📢 We're Hiring! (Harlow) have a vacancy for a Class Teacher 📄 For application details, please visit our website https://t.co/zLlOvy9g62

Twitter Image

21/10/22

Today we are celebrating the hard work that Squirrels Class have put into their first half term of Year 1. Here are some pictures of their fantastic homework projects. Well done Squirrels! https://t.co/eY2CBP3vgG

Twitter Image

20/10/22

In Science Year 1s are learning all about the 5 senses. Last Friday they investigated taste. They tried a selection of different foods and decided whether they thought they were sweet, salty, umami or sour. https://t.co/Vc1PK8GDJL

Twitter Image

19/10/22

Year 4 had a fantastic time at Colchester Castle on Friday, building a Roman villa and roundhouse. More pictures are on the school website - Image Galleries - Cooks Spinney Primary Academy & Nursery (https://t.co/QQNuaAKICX) https://t.co/aq4Q44ODcH

Twitter Image

14/10/22

Cooks Spinney Primary Academy & Nursery Retweeted
BMAT

👋 Are you ready for BMAT? ✅ View our current vacancies on our website - https://t.co/GJjumrvddf https://t.co/CoBUsn4lkF

Twitter Image

14/10/22

📢 Sign up now to the Multi-Activity Holiday Camp held at this half-term to be entered into a prize draw! 🥇 Family Trip to Legoland Windsor 🥈Family adventure to Go Ape 🥉Family tickets to Vue Cinema Book here: https://t.co/VBjNvaSiqU https://t.co/exEHSZTtJQ

Twitter Image

30/09/22

Hello all, Futsal one of the teams came 3rd and our other team got through to the finals & played amazingly. Table tennis students learnt to play a new competitive sport. One team came in 4th place and received certificates. Our other team came 3rd and receive bronze medals. https://t.co/pnQnlqpCIF

30/09/22

Cooks Spinney Primary Academy & Nursery Retweeted
BMAT

"This is about us, as a Trust, making provision for children with SEND as simple and as impactful as possible." BMAT is overhauling its curriculum focus to ensure children with SEND are at the forefront of education. https://t.co/hPqM7iPloq

BMAT Logoclose

Outstanding Education

Supporting primary and secondary schools across Essex and North & East London, BMAT is a growing multi-academy trust with a singular vision: schools, teachers and pupils freed to succeed.

Visit BMAT

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.  

EARLY YEARS PRINCIPLES

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; 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. 

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 Early Years curriculum 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

DSCF6599

The specific areas of learning are:

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

DSCF6564

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

Pupils in Nursery and Reception learn 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 document below for a list of books we share with our Nursery and Reception pupils. 

 

School website by Cleverbox