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03/03/21

- Wednesday 3rd March To celebrate this week's , we have a mystery reader sharing the story of 'Grumpycorn' . But do you recognise the voice of that super talented teacher behind the mask? https://t.co/6WZOdibhZJ

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02/03/21

It's monthly challenge time again! Which one do you want to have a go at or do you want to enter all three? Huge congrats to Ailie (writing) and Rosie & Joe (maths) for winning last month's challenges. All challenges available for download from https://t.co/KP0QYbrT2k. https://t.co/FmP4ng1k6w

02/03/21

Tune in to for a free digital live event to celebrate . Hear your favourite authors & illustrators answer questions from children at 10:30am on Wednesday, Thursday & Friday this week! Each event will last approx. 30 minutes. https://t.co/tbO74kFyMZ

02/03/21

- Tuesday 2nd March To celebrate , Mr. Stirrat takes a look at the life and work of Nikola Tesla. All lockdown assemblies can be viewed at https://t.co/N639eOhlJT https://t.co/JO0WpzoPtv

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01/03/21

Keeping active, eating well and taking care of mental health was the focus of a special week for children. Cooks Spinney Primary Academy held Healthy Schools Week to remind pupils to look after themselves in lockdown. https://t.co/D0I6mCUCEV https://t.co/8t5HhXDh0q

01/03/21

Assembly - Monday 1st March Ms. Dackombe kicks off the week by sharing the story of 'The First Hippo on the Moon' with a little help from her friends. You can draw your own Sheila Hippo by following the tutorial at https://t.co/lBGpXp9NH3. https://t.co/aD5nGrmYmU

26/02/21

- Friday 26th February Join us today to watch this delightful short film starring the little bird who faces her fears to show us all that perseverance pays off in the end! All lockdown assemblies can be viewed at https://t.co/plBmwGKo4A https://t.co/dhCubvy3g3

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25/02/21

Today the sibling bubble enjoyed multi-skills outside on the playground for over an hour. The activities were completed in a circuit which included skills to improve agility, speed, co-ordination & power. It was great to see the children outside enjoying themselves https://t.co/Or7NU5Jobq

25/02/21

- Thursday 25th February Today's assembly is all about and Miss Wade explains why it is so important. All lockdown assemblies can be viewed at https://t.co/N639eOhlJT https://t.co/PXG8H0kJm8

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24/02/21

Our ICT room’s Grand Makeover – A ‘Wall of Code’ With huge thanks to for creating the design in his spare time & to for turning our design into reality. With the new décor and fab pink chairs, we can’t wait for the children to start bringing it to life! https://t.co/j5MF2RsdT5

24/02/21

Assembly - Wednesday 24th February Ms Pearce shares Peep’s story of how he learnt to find his true self. All lockdown assemblies can be viewed at https://t.co/spbwlepnXh https://t.co/YPJFCEPC1q

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23/02/21

Read all about it! The Book Fair is coming our way. if you want to get ahead, please click on the link where you will be able to scroll through all of the amazing books that are available to order. https://t.co/0NH8ZMZpWQ https://t.co/fWQ4r6pXCc

23/02/21

This week’s art video guides you on how to draw Peep, the little nightingale from the story ‘Dawn Chorus’. Look out for Ms. Pearce’s virtual assembly tomorrow, to hear little Peep’s story of how he learnt to find his true self. https://t.co/lBGpXp9NH3 https://t.co/tQgwppxavP

23/02/21

- Tuesday 23rd February Mr. Stirrat shares some very happy news this morning! On Monday 8th March Cooks Spinney can reopen! All assemblies can be viewed at https://t.co/N639eOhlJT https://t.co/WoosTjI7hj

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22/02/21

Following Mr Beaumont's assembly today, children are invited to enter a BMAT competition to come up with an exciting invention to celebrate . Please see video below for full details. There will be prizes for the overall ! Come on Spinney we've got this! https://t.co/dhULEERmJh

22/02/21

New & exciting physical activities for each individual year group have been added to our website: https://t.co/9c0QsIizbN. These games can be enjoyed daily by the whole family. Have a look at the activities for your year group and give it a go!

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22/02/21

On the last day before half term, the children didn’t lose their focus learning about our Moon and her phases and the Apollo 11 Moon landing. They showed some great engineering and design skills when designing and building rovers for the next moon or Mars missions. https://t.co/u7HvJCBSoM

22/02/21

- Monday 22nd February Celebrate amazing inventions and the upcoming British Science Week with Mr Beaumont. All assemblies can be viewed on our website at https://t.co/plBmwGKo4A https://t.co/M4tVkRkvig

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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 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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Assessment

This 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.

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

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