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20/01/22

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📢 We're Hiring! BMAT have a number of vacancies for Catering Assistants working in our schools in Harlow, Essex 📄 For full information and application details, please visit our website https://t.co/GJjumrMOBP

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07/01/22

Hot chocolate Friday for these amazing pupils. Well done everyone, we hope that you enjoyed your very well-deserved hot drink and biscuits! https://t.co/aujFqK8ofz

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06/01/22

January Writing Challenge Pens and pencils at the ready as the writing challenge for the month of January is attached. Please hand all completed stories to the class teacher by the due date of Monday 31st January 2022. Good luck! https://t.co/VE2U3DWbya

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17/12/21

Day 12 of reading for wellbeing https://t.co/Otm4N58igs

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16/12/21

Day 11 of the wellbeing reading challenge https://t.co/plLn4xZYLN

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16/12/21

Cooks Spinney Primary Academy & Nursery Retweeted
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🎄A massive THANK YOU to all the staff and students who helped make yesterday a truly magical day across BMAT 🎅 https://t.co/v13D7YDYXY

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16/12/21

Join Jane Considine live to read a Christmas story. The perfect way to finish the last term of the year as well as spreading Christmas cheer. The video will be available to watch from Friday 17th December at 10:30. Jane Considine Education - YouTube https://t.co/IcfBneIqss

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15/12/21

Day 10 of the wellbeing reading challenge. https://t.co/l6Do2n9bYz

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14/12/21

Day 9 of the wellbeing reading challenge. https://t.co/JTcuNqrsfr

14/12/21

Reading for pleasure in KS2: Christmas Reading Advent Calendar. Please find attached a link to an interactive reading calendar including Christmas books and poetry recommendations: https://t.co/Ds6AV4Yobe

14/12/21

Reading for pleasure in EYFS and KS1: Christmas Reading Advent Calendar. Please find attached a link to an interactive reading calendar including Christmas books and poetry recommendations: https://t.co/V4Do21UOoL

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14/12/21

Reading for Wellbeing Challenge - Day 7 and 8. https://t.co/kX7z5BME7o

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09/12/21

Day 6 challenge of The Twelve Days of Reading for Wellbeing https://t.co/r2go5ySrt5

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08/12/21

Year 1 got into the festive spirit with a Winter WOW morning! They went on a winter walk, smelt some Christmas scents and even tried mince pies! https://t.co/W50K1j0OoC

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08/12/21

Day 4 and 5 of Reading For Wellbeing Please see attached day 4 and day 5 of the twelve days of Reading for Wellbeing https://t.co/JzbkGBGYrL

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08/12/21

To benefit from the wonder of books throughout the holiday period, book lovers in all year groups are encouraged to complete various reading challenges, from reading a book aloud to the tune of their favourite winter song, to building a pillow fort & reading a book inside it. https://t.co/9Mok2SBnbY

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06/12/21

Day 3 challenge of The Twelve Days of Reading for Wellbeing https://t.co/bxi7jx2Mv8

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06/12/21

Well done to Genna, Remi, Livvy, Layla and Calleigh for winning the challenge and to the rest of our adventurous pupils who participated in the writing challenge. Keep up the good work! https://t.co/oZunJKz5nY

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03/12/21

Hot Chocolate Friday. A very well-deserved hot chocolate and biscuit for these pupils with Ms Wade https://t.co/ACEa90hHsJ

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03/12/21

Day 2 challenge of The Twelve Days of Reading for Wellbeing https://t.co/oxEUN3Uol2

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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 has six 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 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

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The specific areas of learning are:

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

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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

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