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Pixies have been busy today making gingerbread men https://t.co/xHMtmnxeBM


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James Shone

Was ⁦⁩ yesterday. A great primary school: lovely head, delightful staff and charming kids. https://t.co/WQpfwBg4PA


Foxes taking over Math lessons! https://t.co/D3jphiow1H


⁩ inspiring confidence in our Year 5 and Year 6 children today https://t.co/G1hsRYjEtk


Year 6 have had fun learning about how chromosomes are inherited https://t.co/uz9K3eCaSa


Look we've found Nemo! https://t.co/fCGxvpzIMT


Year 2 on their Sealife trip today. https://t.co/OQhEpmRaYI


Student Council in full swing this morning discussing the topics that matter to them https://t.co/FGmtDUZYg5


Maddi and Layla taking assembly this morning in the first Spinney Speaks. Well done girls https://t.co/0cbBoJO1O7


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Robert Halfon MP #WorkingHard4Harlow

Incredible newspaper from some wonderful and extraordinary pupils . Congratulations and thank you for all you are doing to https://t.co/YbLdsiXCBX


Our newspaper group went to Chelmsford County Council today to hand deliver a petition with over 400 signatures in an effort to save our local library! ⁦ https://t.co/i4Ck8hi3JR


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BBC Essex

May, aged 10, says she and her friends would be very upset if Mark Hall library closed and explains why she prefers books to smart phones, TV and films 📖 📚 https://t.co/dj9HfrFchf


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BBC Essex

Meanwhile, a student newspaper team from in Harlow have launched a petition - to save their local library - which they’ll present to with . https://t.co/ZK6aX9HS4S


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Michael Rosen

This evening I saw at Cooks Spinney School a fantastic school newspaper entirely written by the children. I thought, yes! That's just what we mean when we say schools can spend a %ge of their time being publishing and performing houses.


Please come and help yourselves to a free dictionary from our school reception. First come, first served. https://t.co/R4xKBrzYef


A fascinating interactive assembly delivered by ⁦⁩ covering 100,000 years of the history of Harlow https://t.co/IWBHcxgg9i


Year 6 at Academy looking at fragments of the moon. https://t.co/GVvvA3nnUK


On Tuesday evening at the BMAT under-11s & under-9s both won their respective finals of the LZ evening super-league. What a fabulous way to end the year https://t.co/kLNWJOJ1jc


Squirrels class are ready for their Christmas class party https://t.co/oPVFwzgROl


Year 5 Adders class have enjoyed making fairy angels this morning https://t.co/2y48J8QDNS


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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 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


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


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).



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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