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11/10/21

Year 2 enjoyed the 10 minute drop everything and read on Friday alongside some of the pupils from reception. https://t.co/dmym948CYd

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11/10/21

Well done to all the pupils who took part in the 'Come and Try' sports tournament! They had an excellent time and came back very excited indeed! https://t.co/iFZWb9Y1gN

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08/10/21

Year 4 Rabbits taking part in take 10 reading today and also with Kimba. https://t.co/RQ8pPisGzS

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08/10/21

More photographs from today's visit from Kimba, Authors Abroad poet, along with year 4 and 5 pupils participating in the Take 10 Challenge. They watched a virtual event with Tom Percival and then read for 10 minutes. https://t.co/VjbcMB1trP

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08/10/21

Cooks Spinney supporting YoungMinds' Day! Donations can still be made at https://t.co/9dXI66xMGq https://t.co/cndK8kP2Lz

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08/10/21

Kimba, the Authors Abroad poet, performing with years 5 and 6. https://t.co/9xSThjQkEp

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08/10/21

To celebrate National Poetry Day, our pupils took part in a poetry workshop with a poet Kimba. They had a chance to read their poems, talk about poetry, listen to Kimba's poems and enjoy his freestyle performance. https://t.co/eqT2Vnaonv

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08/10/21

On Thursday 7th October, pupils at Cooks Spinney celebrated National Poetry Day. They took part in various activities and had a chance to write their own poems. https://t.co/TILFR6Zo8A

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08/10/21

Year 4 supporting YoungMinds' Day! Donate Here - https://t.co/9dXI66xMGq https://t.co/cY5mtluFnO

08/10/21

PHONE LINE UPDATE - Our phone system is now back up and running. Apologies for the inconvenience

08/10/21

Dear Parents and Families, our phone lines are currently down. We are working quickly to resolve this issue. In the meantime, if you need to contact the school please email admin.org.uk

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07/10/21

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Today we took delivery of our brand new Harlow based mini bus. 🚐 Keep an eye out for it as it transports our students to sports fixtures, trips, visits and more! https://t.co/AVpMlJJzfp

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06/10/21

On Friday 8th Oct, we will be taking part in 'Take 10 Challenge' when schools & families will be encouraged to read together for 10 minutes. Pupils will be treated to a virtual event with author & illustrator Tom Percival before taking part in the Take 10 moment. https://t.co/R7X2PSaOqj

01/10/21

It's World Mental Health Day on 10th Oct. have organised fund raising day to show young people that they're not alone with their mental health. Pupils can wear something yellow on 8th Oct & donations can be made on the link below! https://t.co/9dXI66xMGq

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01/10/21

Taste buds are tingling in Year 1! During lessons this week Year 1 have been investigating how good their tongues are at tasting the 5 basic tastes. There were some interesting expressions when we tasted the lemons! 🍋 https://t.co/hfoq65Wlz6

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30/09/21

On 7 October 2021, we will be celebrating National Poetry Day. And on 12 October 2021, we will be hosting a Poetry Slam Competition - our pupils will have a chance to read/perform their own or favourite poems. https://t.co/6oXxzXlWwJ

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30/09/21

Skittles enjoying his time with Wolves. https://t.co/x4Ly96YrFN

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24/09/21

Here are our fabulous Futsal finalists and amazing runners up. Good luck today in the final, the whole of Cooks Spinney is behind you! https://t.co/3n6GJXwvYi

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24/09/21

Reading Buddies - Year 6 pupils paired up with year 3 pupils (Ducks) and enjoyed the lovely weather while listening to some amazing stories. https://t.co/yUhqsQuA4b

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22/09/21

Last Friday we took 24 students to the Change4life event. The students had an amazing time taking part in a variety of activities with all participants receiving a medal. A quote from one pupil was, “This is the best event ever!” https://t.co/qAMcMwIay1

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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 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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