Foundation

Welcome to Foundation Chestnut Class!

Thank you for visiting our class page.

Foundation teacher Mr Poote is supported by learning assistants Mrs Wallace and Mrs Batson and together they provide a welcoming and nurturing environment for your child’s so important first year at school.

As well as the stimulating classroom, there is a wonderful secure outdoor area for the children to use for imaginative play and social activity, and which also enhances the children’s learning experiences in conjunction with the curriculum. In addition, we have developed a ‘wild area’ which further supports outdoor learning opportunities and includes the following – Mud kitchen and workshop, water pulley systems, ‘trim-trail’ obstacle course, bird hide, den making resources, ‘mini-beast hotels’ campfire area, planting and digging areas and a range of wild flowers and plants to explore.

Please feel free to come and visit us and see how we learn in Foundation at Long Crendon!

Chestnut Class have settled well and are busy learning  the new routines. They have met up with their buddies from Beech Class (Year 6) and are beginning to get to know each other.

Useful links

Please follow the links below for more information…

Planning:

We have mapped out specific skills from the Development Matters Document over the course of a year in Foundation. The following documents show each Term’s Medium Term Skills for you to look at. Please note that these are not necessarily taught discreetly, but are aimed at providing a starting point for some activities and small projects.

Autumn Term 1 MTP

Autumn Term 2 MTP

Spring Term 1 MTP

Spring Term 2 MTP

Summer Term 1 MTP

Summer Term 2 MTP

Information about the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum:

The following links give information about how the EYFS links between home and school and how important it is to have regular input from parents and carers.

EYFS Parents Guide

What to Expect When

Shared Communication:

Information from parents and carers is crucial in order to create a better picture of your child and how well they learn, what interests they have and any questions or concerns you may have. We have produced a sheet called a ‘Wow moment’ which is designed to share any learning opportunities you have observed at home. We then follow this up with your child at school to further praise/promote their achievements with the class. Please follow the link below and print off and fill out as many ‘wow moments’ as you like!

Wow Moment Front Page

Wow moment back page

Information about our phonics scheme, reading and writing support materials:

Jolly Phonics

Phonic Lessons Introduction

Jolly Phonics Actions

Early Reading and Writing Guidance

Ideas for shared reading

Pencil Grip and Letter formation

Outdoor Learning:

We feel that outdoor learning is a very important element to the children’s experience in and out of school. The following document highlights the main reasons for providing opportunities for children to learn outside the classroom.

Effective Practice Outdoor Learning

Additional Information:

Mr Poote has won a national teaching award for his innovative approach to Outdoor Learning. Follow the links below to find out more…

Simon Poote awarded Best LOtC Innovator (1) (3)

Mix 96 – News – ‘Innovative’ Teacher Wins Award For Outdoor Lessons (1) (1)

Click below to hear Mr Poote on the radio!