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24/02/20

Owls have been testing materials to discover which were either soluble or insoluble. This was done after careful planning and working collaboratively on the investigation. https://t.co/zSdxUKy3kX

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24/02/20

An interactive assembly this morning by Phoenix Theatre Company encouraged our children to be Active, Brave and Creative. What a fantastic way to start this half term. https://t.co/E3CLmH2KaS

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14/02/20

Foxes have been showcasing their projects for their topic about Asia. Today was volcanoes https://t.co/fcZ5NT2gtp

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14/02/20

Impeccable behaviour was rewarded on the last day of half term with an invitation to hot chocolate and biscuits by the Headteacher, Mr Stirrat. https://t.co/WDz1k3roj5

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13/02/20

Some photos from the Spinney Party this evening. A jolly good time was had by all. Thank you to the PTA for their hard work in putting this event together. https://t.co/Jf5AerRlJ5

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13/02/20

Pixie class have been learning Row Your Boat this week and made some boats of their own. They were then tested on the water in a very exciting boat race. https://t.co/0Dhs27xJPr

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12/02/20

Volunteers from held an assembly and then ran workshops explaining the life-saving work provided by Helicopter Emergency Medical Service (HEMS) for the critically ill and injured of Essex, Hertfordshire and surrounding areas. https://t.co/4zE3QJ8sua

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11/02/20

Pupils were encouraged during assembly today to keep their environment clean and tidy by two inspirational speakers. A very thought provoking assembly including a wonderful Question and Answer session at the end https://t.co/vYzRPMBDQR

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11/02/20

Young scientists proudly modelling the new lab coats bought with money raised by our wonderful PTA. Don't they look amazing? https://t.co/RQVJWP1SNf

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10/02/20

Our school hall was turned into a theatre when a travelling show came to visit. brought their Jack and the Beanstalk show to Cooks Spinney Primary Academy. https://t.co/yJ2uXBAc4F https://t.co/nYy71zxTiZ

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07/02/20

It must be Friday again! Time for Mr Stirrat to reward some more impeccably behaved pupils with hot chocolate and biscuits. https://t.co/RbUb8rOZg9

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06/02/20

This afternoon Butterflies class had a wonderful time investigating habitats and exploring the school's nature area. https://t.co/QvowIfbfvj

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06/02/20

Thank you to for hosting a fantastic morning full of fun-filled events. All children participated in archery, scooting, kurling and boccia. They will all be receiving a well-deserved certificate in tomorrow's assembly. https://t.co/afrJZI7LD3

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06/02/20

Today's Spinney Speaks Assembly kicked off on the subject of football. It was confidently delivered with lots of audience participation. https://t.co/84FusEgXcn

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05/02/20

It's decision time again for the Pen Factor Judges. Who will get their pen licence this week? https://t.co/5lnxSaykJa

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05/02/20

Fabulous hats made by these creative year 4 pupils for their homework projects. It’s wonderful to see all the effort being put in https://t.co/omCWecOFHp

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05/02/20

Ahoy, me hearties! Year one crew members have been busy today designing pirate hats, singing sea shanties and hunting for hidden treasure. Fortunately no students were made to walk the plank! https://t.co/VzrNt3yH6G

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04/02/20

Sprites class planted an Amaryllis at Christmas and they have enjoyed watching it grow on our window sill. Yesterday they were excited to see that a big beautiful red flower had emerged. Lots of the children had a go at painting it, producing some lovely artwork https://t.co/Iu2uYtDtpy

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04/02/20

In class today the children made houses for the three little pigs. Unfortunately while they were in the playground we had a visit from the big bad wolf who blew them to pieces! https://t.co/27xczo74nl

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04/02/20

Assemblies are back! Pupils have the opportunity to deliver an assembly of their choice. Today was all about the current Australian bushfires. The girls had clearly done their research and confidently shared their knowledge with the rest of the school https://t.co/ePeY70NfyU

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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.     

Parental Relationships 

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 thier 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 managing 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:

  • communication and language     
  • physical development
  • personal, social and emotional development

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The specific areas of learning:

  • literacy
  • mathematics
  • understanding the world
  • expressive arts and design

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Characteristics of effective learning:       

  • playing and exploring
  • active learning
  • creating and thinking critically

Assessment

This is based primarily on observation of daily activities and events. Teachers and EYFS co-educators note in particular the learning which a pupil demonstrates spontaneously, 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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