Our Foundation Stage Team

Foundation 1:   Miss Purdie

Foundation 2:  Mrs Jones

Our Teaching Assistants are:

Mrs Giles, Miss Bennett and Mrs Buckley,

The Foundation Stage makes a crucial contribution to children’s early development and learning. We provide children with a rich variety of teaching and learning experiences that are appropriate to their needs. The Foundation Stage is about developing characteristics of effective learning which include -

PLAYING AND EXPLORING - ENGAGEMENT

Finding out and exploring

Playing with what they know

Being willing to 'have a go'

 

ACTIVE LEARNING - MOTIVATION

Being involved and concentrating

Keeping trying

Enjoying and achieving what they set out to do

 

CREATING AND THINKING CRITICALLY - THINKING

Having their own ideas

Making links

Choosing ways to do things

The EYFS curriculum identifies three PRIME AREAS. These are fundamental, work together, and move through to support development in all other areas.

{C}·     Personal, Social and Emotional Development

{C}·      Communication and Language

{C}·      Physical Development

SPECIFIC AREAS include essential skills and knowledge for children to participate successfully in society.

{C}·       Literacy

{C}·       Mathematics

{C}·       Understanding of the World

{C}·       Expressive Arts and Design

The outdoor environment is a very special part of the Foundation Stage curriculum. As such it is carefully planned for and available each day. Foundation 1 and 2 have their own specially equipped outdoor areas which are planned for and in constant use.

The teachers and teaching assistants will keep records/observations on children’s experiences and attainments. Assessments of development and learning needs will be ongoing throughout the school year. During the first half of the autumn term the teacher will carry out a baseline assessment for every child. This will establish where they are in aspects of their learning and development and help future planning. By the end of the year the teacher will have built up an accurate profile of each child’s development.

 Reading is taught through a structured reading scheme and is supplemented with a wide range of other books. Books are organised in a structured, graded way to allow children many opportunities for consolidation of key vocabulary. We encourage parents to work with their child at home by hearing them read on a daily basis, and are always pleased to discuss ways in which they can help their child at each stage of their reading development.