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22/03/19

Year 3 took part today in The Great British Spring Clean organised through and collected rubbish from just outside the school. The children were amazed at the amount of rubbish that they collected in such a small area. https://t.co/C20gsH7jON

22/03/19

Year two’s best Wow Day ever https://t.co/RTpSsh1diY

22/03/19

Spinney pupils twisting and shouting! https://t.co/27ZRfxIBCC

22/03/19

Beatlemania hits Spinney! https://t.co/zZ5ZsvriVB

22/03/19

Spinney pupils rocking along with their very special guests today https://t.co/QPfqRaX3fm

22/03/19

An excited buzz around school this morning. Not long now.......#CooksSpinney https://t.co/oJuSYXL9Om

22/03/19

Some excited mini rockstars waiting for their concert to begin https://t.co/zlf1CY8p0r

21/03/19

Odd sock day today to raise awareness of Down Syndrome https://t.co/84IT23Z7KI

20/03/19

The Book Fair has arrived at Cooks Spinney today and will be here until 26th March. It is set up in the dining hall so please come and have a browse. https://t.co/aP79Unc9du

20/03/19

Last Friday, our tag rugby teams were given coaching at Harlow Rugby Grounds at the being of the session and then played against other schools in the area. The students really enjoyed it even though it was cold and windy https://t.co/euhDNVqGpQ

20/03/19

The pirates have arrived at Cooks Spinney searching for treasure https://t.co/PaGT2JRF8M

19/03/19

Cooks Spinney Primary Academy & Nursery Retweeted
Sandringham School

We really enjoyed visiting today. The Junior Leadership Team were a pleasure to talk to.

19/03/19

We were treated today to two Spinney Speak assemblies. Lexi & Grace spoke about two of their favourite artists & then Joe assisted Riley who told us all about his cute pet hamster. Fantastic to see the children speaking so confidently in front of the school https://t.co/agnPkrVFBo

18/03/19

Demi and Jasmine kicked off the Spinney Speak round of assemblies for this week. They chose to talk to the school about self-esteem and believing in yourself. Good job girls https://t.co/esAZiWzz9k

15/03/19

Year 4’s acting out a compression wave in science https://t.co/E8A1N0gYnN

15/03/19

A special treat at lunchtime today for Red Nose Day. Delicious! https://t.co/7hsv93Hsdm

15/03/19

Red Nose Day at Cooks Spinney. The children have made a huge effort to dress brightly to raise awareness for Comic Relief https://t.co/GfoKyhuBzz

14/03/19

Today’s assembly topics were dogs and sharks. Well done Olivia, Dawson and Eloise for doing all of their research and being the brave pupils this morning https://t.co/q7YzzRSMlP

14/03/19

To celebrate Science week, we had two scientists who helped the children investigate acids and alkalines https://t.co/420fagevsP

14/03/19

Thank you to our parents and carers for their generous donations to Save the Children. We raised £257 for this very worthy cause https://t.co/KUZl4PubOL

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EYFS

The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) is the statutory framework that all early years settings must meet to ensure that children learn and develop well.  In school this refers to both the Nursery (Pixie class) and Reception (Gala and Pippin class).  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 revised framework for the EYFS has been implemented from 1 September 2012.

The framework can be found here Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) - Schools.  We teach this framework through topics that excite the children; we gather their ideas through mind-mapping and plan according to their needs and interests. 

Cooks Spinney Primary offers a curriculum which is broad and balanced and which promotes the spiritual, moral, cultural, mental and physical development of pupils at the school and of society. Our curriculum prepares pupils for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of life in the 21st century. Our curriculum comprises all learning and other experiences that we plan for our pupils. The national curriculum forms one part of the school curriculum. In addition to the national curriculum, we make provision for a daily act of collective worship and teach religious education, personal, social, health and economic education (PSHE) and sex and relationships education (SRE) to pupils at every key stage.

THE EARLY YEARS CURRICULUM

The Early Years curriculum comprises seven areas of learning covering each Early Learning Goal (ELG). To reach a Good Level of Development (GLD), pupils must achieve at least expected levels in the prime areas and in literacy and mathematics by the end of the Reception year.

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

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Assessments are 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 each ELG, teachers and EYFS co-educators judge whether a pupil is meeting the level of development expected at the end of the Reception year (expected), exceeding this level (exceeding), or not yet reaching this level (emerging).

 

INCLUSION

At Cooks Spinney, we set high expectations for every pupil. We plan challenging work for pupils whose attainment is significantly above the expected standard. We carefully plan lessons for pupils who have low levels of prior attainment or come from disadvantaged backgrounds. We use a range of assessments to set targets which are deliberately ambitious.

All pupils are valued and are entitled to equality of educational opportunity. We take account of our duties under equal opportunities legislation that covers race, disability, sex, religion or belief, sexual orientation, pregnancy and maternity, and gender reassignment.

We work with families and specialists to identify pupils who may have special educational needs, some of whom also have disabilities. Lessons are planned to ensure that there are no barriers to every pupil achieving. The SEN Code of Practice includes advice on approaches to identification of need and outlines what needs to be done for them.

With the right teaching that recognises their individual needs, many disabled pupils may have little need for additional resources beyond the aids which they use as part of their daily life. We plan lessons so that these pupils can study every national curriculum subject.

We take account of the needs of pupils whose first language is not English. Monitoring of progress takes account of the pupil’s age, length of time in this country, previous educational experience and ability in other languages.

 

For more information about the Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum please make an appointment with our Head of Early Years - Francesca Harris on 01279 437590

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