In Foundation 2 we have two classes, the Green Grasshoppers (Class 1) and the Blue Whales (Class 2). Both classes work closely together to form our Foundation 2 unit.
We have an excellent child to staff ratio meaning that we can support each and every child on their individual journey through Foundation 2. In our unit we currently have 60 children (30 in each class). Each class has a full-time teacher, a full-time Higher Level Teaching Assistant (HLTA) and an additional teaching assistant (TA).
Mrs Newbery is our new Green Grasshopper teacher and she is supported by Mrs Thelma Sturdy, HLTA.
Miss Steph Kelly is the Blue Whale teacher and she is supported by Miss Sharlene Greenstreet, HLTA.
We also have an additional TA working across both classes, Miss Sargeant.
Miss Katie Bartlett, our EYFS Coordinator, oversees the Foundation 2 unit.
Our classrooms open up to make a large, vibrant learning environment with lots of opportunities to develop our learning through play and exploration.
The learning environments in Foundation 2 are fantastic! Inside they have been described as “Aladdin’s caves” (Ofsted 2011) and outside there is plenty of space for physical, creative, imaginative and social development.
Foundation 2 children follow the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) curriculum. (Development Matters)
The EYFS Development Matters is made up of 17 aspects of learning under 7 different headings: Personal, Social and Emotional Development, Communication and Language, Physical Development, Literacy, Mathematics, Understanding The World and Expressive Arts and Design.
The children plan their own learning through Talking and Thinking Floorbook discussions. Their ideas are then translated into learning opportunities for the children to develop in all 17 aspects of learning and development.
Alongside the areas of learning, we support the children in developing 3 key Characteristics of Effective Learning. These are: Playing and Exploring (having a go), Active Learning (keep on trying) and Creating and Thinking Critically (finding ways to do things).
Links to related documents:
The Beacon Infant & Nursery Curriculum (whole school overview)*
Full details of the Early years (under 5s) foundation stage framework (EYFS) are available from www.gov.uk by clicking this link