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06/05/21

Here we have the very talented winners of the April writing competition with their well-deserved prizes & one of the winning entries! Don't forget that you can find all of our monthly challenges on the school's website at: https://t.co/KP0QYbrT2k https://t.co/gM5nzarQv1

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06/05/21

Ducks class have been designing their own “Reading is a Superpower” bookmarks this morning. Don't they look fantastic? https://t.co/G6J6WC14pi

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06/05/21

Wolves class celebrating Children's Book Week. https://t.co/UrJpwYiA0w

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06/05/21

Great effort by Year 3 and Year 5 pupils last week as they celebrated Daily Mile Day! Good to see that it wasn't just the pupils taking part! 👍🏃‍♀️🏃🏃‍♂️ https://t.co/zRfZEtFWDx

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04/05/21

It's Children's Book Week! Why not commemorate this event by entering this month's reading challenge? Please see below for this challenge along with the Writing & Maths challenges for May. These are optional & your child can enter one or all three for a chance to win a prize! https://t.co/kDVCw8DhhG

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30/04/21

Brilliant effort in the Daily Mile from our students this morning as always! Here we have our Year 4 pupils showing you how it's done! https://t.co/vhxSrncKjz

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28/04/21

We were immensely impressed with the creativity and effort that our pupils put into the recent 'Dragons Den' style Science competition. Well done to all who entered and congratulations to our three trophy winners! https://t.co/VmzB84JVSS

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28/04/21

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Our SEND director is on twitter so please follow for SEND specific content. You can read more about the role here: https://t.co/jWIcjKLtxl https://t.co/slQON8gLZw

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23/04/21

Year 3 pupils were adventurous today as they participated in netball for a either a full morning or full afternoon session. Well done year 3 we are very impressed with your focus and dedication! https://t.co/yYkLsinPii

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21/04/21

The Year 2 scientists created their own rocket balloons last week and this week explored the state of matter of SLIME! What will they be enquiring next week? https://t.co/xAqq4M5h4e

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19/04/21

Year 4 enjoyed a sunny internal netball tournament on Friday participating in a variety of netball skills and working as a team. https://t.co/1LtJeM2WcK

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13/04/21

Congratulations to the winners of the March Maths Challenge-Lewis in Owls & Lainey in Eagles. Here are the April challenges that can also be viewed at: https://t.co/KP0QYbrT2k Children can enter 1 or all 3 of these optional challenges to be in with a chance of winning a prize! https://t.co/dnmMbmhkKo

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06/04/21

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BMAT have a vacancy for an Estates & Facilities Assistant working across our Primary and Secondary Schools in Harlow, Essex. For more information visit https://t.co/MNldj0Ml52 https://t.co/ifinsNm5Gg

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26/03/21

Here we have the very first winners of the new ‘Mathematicians of the Month’ award proudly showing off their new badges. Well done to you both! https://t.co/ru6Q4pfqys

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26/03/21

Some fantastic Easter baking going on in the school kitchen today. We think that the children will be looking forward to their lunch today and a little excited to maybe win an Easter egg or bunny! https://t.co/04dM4mclpF

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25/03/21

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BMAT has appointed a director to ensure children with special educational needs and disabilities achieve their full potential. Marios Solomonides takes up post of Director of SEND with a mission to remove all barriers faced by children within BMAT schools. https://t.co/jWIcjKLtxl https://t.co/hsWxgX4m7z

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23/03/21

Spring is sprung, Easter is nearly here and pupils have been busy bringing these beautiful daffodils to life with Ms Clausen. https://t.co/TzSu4euwU6

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22/03/21

Would any year 6 pupils be interested in free taster netball sessions at Mark Hall Sports Centre? Please see details below for how to pre-register. https://t.co/GUULZWzimo

18/03/21

A reminder that tomorrow is Red Nose Day and non-uniform for pupils! Let's have some fun and raise money to support people living incredibly tough lives. https://t.co/GL2a6KY0Sf

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17/03/21

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We are looking forward to reopening Mark Hall Sports Centre in line with the lifting of lockdown restrictions. For our full announcement and information on an online public meeting chaired by please visit: https://t.co/SJXzvhi9ci https://t.co/uKAStczrEh

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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.

How to use Tapestry - a guide for our parents - Little Explorers |  Childrens Nursery in Suffolk

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

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. 

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