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13/07/20

Join us on a Summer Reading Adventure! Looking for a fun-filled celebration of reading that takes young readers on a journey that promises to broaden their reading horizons? Then look no further... https://t.co/zNw1tG1RxL

13/07/20

We couldn't end the school year without holding a virtual sports day! All of the activities are explained and demonstrated in the video. Have a go and let us know how you get on! https://t.co/iSfztj88vH

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13/07/20

These boys were set a challenge by Ms Harris and they exceeded it by running 18 miles over last week. Well done! We are super proud! Their holiday challenge is to run 70 miles. https://t.co/RmIMRkiQGB

13/07/20

If you're feeling brave click the play button. WARNING: this video is very emotional. Please make sure that you are sitting comfortably and have tissues ready. Here is 'Goodbye from Year 6' https://t.co/VDbubpjbrl

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10/07/20

Messy hands at work today creating beautiful clay hedgehogs. Hoping that these clever little artists put in as much effort and concentration into cleaning up! https://t.co/b2l1dVWrXI

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09/07/20

Year 6 have been busy making dream catchers today. Something for them to take away and keep to make all their future dreams come true! Step by step video instructions are available on the school website at https://t.co/lBGpXp9NH3 https://t.co/0Q6gnpchPa

07/07/20

Hello year 5! Soon, you will be in year 6 and the leaders of our school. To get you excited for returning to school in September, the year 6 teachers have recorded the first two chapters of your year 6 English text, Skellig. You can find them at https://t.co/95flXxDxMX.

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06/07/20

Please use the link below to find out your child’s new class teacher for September 2020 via a video message! You will be able to watch the videos from 8am on Wednesday 8th July. https://t.co/I50LhI810l https://t.co/rAyOtT6asX

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06/07/20

The wonderful Ms Clausen has made a video on how to make your very own dream catcher. In case you missed it, there is also a video explaining how to draw this dragon. These videos and more are ready to view on the school website. https://t.co/lBGpXp9NH3 https://t.co/HgUYXo0qVs

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06/07/20

Great to see that pupils are having fun and keeping fit at home. Amazing effort from these two in these wonderful pictures! https://t.co/7rYDWCPZyS

02/07/20

500 Words, the world’s largest story-writing comp for kids is back! We want to bring YOUR voice onto the issues emerging from the Black Lives Matter movement. Submissions close tomorrow at 23:59. For more info and online entry form, please visit: https://t.co/75bDJgaFOX

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01/07/20

pupils having fun and keeping fit whilst taking part in fitness tests at home. We are hugely impressed by their effort and results. https://t.co/jKTv9u69ly

26/06/20

They've saved the best till last on the final day of challenges for National School Sports Week. Who will win the parents vs kids 30 second challenges? Come on kids you can do it! https://t.co/H6MyzjuitE

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25/06/20

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Out Now! The new issue of Latitude - The magazine for BMAT Schools, Parents and Communities. Read it online here - https://t.co/aqc2Xy6VVz https://t.co/vQykuMBGEI

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25/06/20

Thanks to our super-talented pupils and wonderful PE Team we have something to celebrate. We have achieved the School Sports Gold Award in Autumn and Winter along with the Gold award for the PE Virtual learning during Covid-19. Excellent news! https://t.co/XhdrcUJBrs

24/06/20

Year 6, don't forget to order your leavers hoody by Friday 26th June.

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19/06/20

It's National School Sport Week at Home 2020 next week! The UK-wide campaign will challenge people to take on their families, friends and neighbours in virtual sporting challenges. Click on the link https://t.co/B8BUPOd68K to be directed to a week of fun resources and challenges https://t.co/a0CBz09kf1

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17/06/20

Would any Cooks Spinney Year 6 parents like to order a leavers hoody? https://t.co/UWBeatJwc9

08/06/20

Remember that you can find your home learning English texts read by your teachers at https://t.co/95flXxDxMX.

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Early Years (Nursery and Reception)

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 sets out Early Years Principles.

1. Settling In

Children are 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 affects 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.

For more information about Cooks Spinney's EYFS Principles - please see the downloads section at the bottom of this page.  

THE EARLY YEARS CURRICULUM

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

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

Assessment

This is 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 more information about the Early Years Foundation Stage please make an appointment on 01279 437590

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