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More than 6,000 pieces of much-needed personal protection equipment (PPE) have been donated to the by the BMAT family of schools in Harlow, Epping and Stansted in Essex and Newham in London. https://t.co/2kuQZH6YbV https://t.co/N3GTShyrVC


The winner of the lucky draw from yesterday's competition is the Hemes family!👏 Today's challenge: can you identify who is joyfully sharing "Tiny Turtle" on https://t.co/95flXxDxMX? Post your answers to win.

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Lucia Glynn

We’ve emptied our stocks across our schools and this morning ⁦⁩ has delivered over 3000 pieces of PPE equipment to the ⁦⁩ to protect those on the front line treating . https://t.co/A6v7BKLzeB


Can you guess the reader? Go to https://t.co/95flXxDxMX Listen to the poem, “The Particular Way of the Odd Ms McKay” to identify our special guest reader and you could win a book prize! Post your answer and all entries will go into a lucky draw for the prize.


Hi everyone! Take a look at our new online story website at https://t.co/95flXxDxMX There are lots of stories, poems and rhymes for you to enjoy. You can even add your own book reviews in the book club area. Have fun and enjoy the stories. 😊


You can't visit the theatre right now but the theatre can visit you! With West End Shows closing their doors to the public 'The Wind In The Willows' is now streaming online for free. They are just asking for a small donation to charity. https://t.co/82QGGX7KP0

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Incredible illusions and the magic of chromatography made for an exciting . Pupils at Cooks Spinney Primary Academy got hands-on during the week dedicated to science. https://t.co/Zziu0Icx94 https://t.co/9ATtW4wY7H


Boost your English, maths and general knowledge skills while helping to end world hunger! Visit https://t.co/XOJMUU2Rry and for every question you get correct, the website will donate 10 grains of rice to people in need around the world!


Please can we remind you to visit https://t.co/imGkZdJio7 where you can find lots of links to free learning resources.

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We have set up a community bookswap outside the school gates. If you need to stock up on books for your home please come and help yourselves. All we ask is that you follow the Government’s advice on social distancing when using it. Thank you https://t.co/jRCuLtoWjs


https://t.co/OUs6e761pC are offering free audiobooks to all children during the enforced school closures - please visit https://t.co/pMFAjHXLj5 to start listening!

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Some of our year 6s sent some cheer to the residents of Ashlyn Care Home today. Pupils made some cards as they are no longer allowed to have visitors. https://t.co/8GfD6xRMeg

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Cooks Spinney pupils pulled up their odd socks today to raise awareness of World Down Syndrome Day that falls on 21st March. https://t.co/hDSog2yyLv


PE lessons with - a great way to keep active while we are closed! https://t.co/wqyyoTWKRQ

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Ladybirds put their maths skills to the test to solve the Easter Egg Hunt! https://t.co/VZnsJLEzFx

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Young people learnt the importance of fundraising to keep the county’s air ambulance operating. Essex & Herts Air Ambulance held workshops to explain to pupils at Cooks Spinney what the medical service does and how it can be supported. https://t.co/RDXDZAp06E https://t.co/vWzGyBOcu7

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Year 6 joining forces in the hall to create coronavirus posters. ! https://t.co/T8dFqA5Xgw

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Instead of building dens in Hatfield Forest today, Ladybirds made dens for Winnie-the-Pooh and friends in our nature area! https://t.co/fUGOGT1ykG

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Cooks Spinney Primary Academy & Nursery Retweeted
Lucia Glynn

Today at and we’d like to give a big shout-out to who made up 200 of these fantastic lunch boxes in less than 2 hours , ensuring our children had a healthy meal, when staff shortages got the better of us! https://t.co/VAqLvwVP9n

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They've arrived!Two bags full of PE equipment have been received from in exchange for the two posters that we managed to fill with stickers brought in by our children. Thank you to everyone that helped to fill the posters. https://t.co/aA3sFDcl6D

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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.  



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 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


The specific areas of learning:

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


Characteristics of effective learning:       

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


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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