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 Mrs Mitchell and Mrs Briggs-Price teach the Green apples and Miss Mackinder has the Red apples, both supported by Jess, Kate, Laura and Louise.
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.
Winter and Dinosaurs
As you may know we like to follow the children's fascinations as much as possible and one keen interest of many children again this year is Dinosaurs. We will be reading lots of Dinosaur books and stories and writing our own about everything we have learnt.
As it is also winter time we will be doing some work on the seasonal changes at this time of year, as well as looking at some other cold places in the world and the people and animals that live there.
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.