Welcome to Foundation!
In Foundation we have 3 classes of 30 children. The Red and Green apples are based on our Balderton site and the Oranges are based on the Fernwood site. At Fernwood the children are taught by Miss Whiles along with Mrs Bentley. At the Balderton site Miss Woodcock is teaching the Green apples, while Mrs Mitchell is on maternity leave, and Miss Mackinder has the Red apples, both supported by Jess, Kate, Mrs Edkins and Shannon.
Teaching and learning in the Early Years Foundation Stage at Chuter Ede begins with each and every child and what they already know and can do by themselves. We pay a great deal of attention to their interests and personalities, incorporating these in our planning.
What's magic about beans?
This half term we are leaning about how plants grow and the ways in which our environment is changing during the season of Spring. Our core story is “Jack and the Beanstalk". We will be growing our own beanstalks and learning about the different parts of a plant and what job they do. We will also be making a visit to Balderton Lake to explore the changing season and talk about the world around us. Alongside 'Jack and the Beanstalk' we will also be looking at other fairy-tale stories and building our own castles.
Curriculum and assessment
In Foundation we follow the Early Years Foundation Stage statutory framework as set out in the documents "Early Outcomes" and "The Foundation Stage Profile Handbook". This covers the 3 prime and 4 specific areas of learning: Personal Social and Emotional Development, Communication and Language, Physical Development, Literacy, Maths, Understanding the World and Expressive Arts and Design.
All children learn at different rates and in different ways. Much assessment of what children can do in the Early Years Foundation Stage is done through observation and as part of this attention is paid to each child's "Characteristics of learning", e.g.their creativity, persistence, etc.
A really useful parents guide called "what to expect, when?" outlines children's developmental milestones, i.e. what a typical child will be able to do before starting school and the sorts of things they will be doing before they move into year one.
Please follow this link if you would like to look at this document.