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.
Where do eggs come from?
To get the spring time feeling we are learning all about hens, chickens and life cycles this half term. Our core story is “Chicken Licken”. We are very excited to have booked the Happy Chick Company to supply us with eggs and an incubator for hatching chicks in the classrooms of Balderton and Fernwood site this half term. This is such a fantastic opportunity for the children to observe the birth of chicks first hand and the experience is usually the source of some fantastic non fiction writing and other follow up work on life cycles.
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.