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20/05/22

Mr Stirrat was delighted to be the host for today's event awarding our pupils for their hard work. https://t.co/t4Y5yUZLdW

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19/05/22

Today we celebrated the jubilee by having a picnic on the field. The children had a wonderful time. https://t.co/f8sjZN9F13

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16/05/22

Our lovely year 4 students had a great time at the Tri-golf festival on Friday at Church Langley School. The students demonstrated some really good putting and chipping skills whilst competing against other schools in the area. https://t.co/lfXZ52IQdU

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13/05/22

Miss Wade was delighted to be the host for today's event awarding our pupils for their hard work. https://t.co/3cxYm3Jk9g

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13/05/22

Some year 1&2 children had the opportunity to learn and play some fun and challenging activities based around cricket at Harlow Town Cricket Club! https://t.co/0QmFvKuX1s

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13/05/22

Today we're opening our Outdoor Library to give you and your children a great opportunity to explore a range of books from different genres. Your children can choose and borrow new books for two weeks, then they must be returned. Open every Friday from 3-3:30pm. See you there. https://t.co/k9HJcVOPHo

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10/05/22

A delicious ‘fuel’ for year 6 pupils prepared by our amazing kitchen staff to give them energy for their SATs week. Good luck, you’ve got this! https://t.co/6m4BsBRuOP

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06/05/22

Mr Stirrat was delighted to be the host for today's event awarding our pupils for their hard work. https://t.co/mssI6zj1wV

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06/05/22

Our amazing year 6 students created sports activities for the year 1 students, both year 1 students & year 6 students really enjoyed the experience & they both said some lovely comments at the end about each other. https://t.co/8hpg7nwtjC

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06/05/22

Our amazing year 4 Netball teams played to a high standard last Friday and played all the different positions on the pitch. Well done, we are so proud of you! https://t.co/PkTwo7vkZS

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05/05/22

Congratulations to our Readers of the Month. https://t.co/SGIwUOGueh

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05/05/22

Fantastic homework projects from Year One on their topic of The Great Fire of London. A fire safety poster and posters about a visit to the Monument in London. https://t.co/qMHErtcYOR

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29/04/22

Here are our poster competition entries for British Science Week, they each produced superb posters demonstrating growth in nature, animals, plants and stars. https://t.co/VbiU4P6cpA

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29/04/22

Miss Wade was delighted to be the host for today's event awarding our pupils for their hard work. https://t.co/IhW5nhswRd

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26/04/22

On Tues, Yr 5 Reading Champions took part in a meeting with Magic Breakfast Reading Champions volunteer & Mrs Dackombe. They talked about how to choose the best book to read. Book vouchers worth £250, which will be spent on new books for the library and classroom reading corners. https://t.co/rY4Ij87yFA

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26/04/22

Another successful Spinney Speaks assembly presented by year 6 pupils/librarians. Olivija, Ivy, Joe and Blake talked about our school library: how to return books, when to visit and how to treat books. Well done! https://t.co/2fII6NXNeT

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22/04/22

Miss Wade was delighted to be the host for today's event awarding our pupils for their hard work. https://t.co/IvRdOw3NGY

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22/04/22

Yesterday, year 3 pupils took part in Authors Abroad writing workshop with award-winning author & performance poet Neal Zetter at Freshwaters Primary Academy. The aim of the workshop was to develop their literacy self-expression and confidence & unlock their writing potential. https://t.co/KP3l8iipjr

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21/04/22

Congratulations to our March Writing Challenge winners! Keep up the great work! https://t.co/9qB2VK4hf9

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04/04/22

A massive well done to all year 4 pupils for an amazing performance of Alice the Musical on Friday. https://t.co/L2EA5G4Dcu

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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 more 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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