Welcome to the Early Years Foundation Stage 2. At Huntingdon Academy we understand the importance of high-quality provision and teaching within the EYFS. We believe that the Early Years Foundation stage is crucial in building solid foundations that pupils can continue to build upon throughout their education. It is our intent that pupils are given the best opportunities to grow in all areas of their development whilst embedding a positive attitude to school and learning.
In Foundation 2 we have two parallel classes with a capacity of 30 children in each. Our provision consists of an environment which meets the needs of our children’s innate desire to learn through play alongside areas for focussed direct teacher led input. The ‘Nest’ is an area of our provision where children are encouraged to develop their skills in the prime and specific areas through carefully planned and delivered lessons. The ‘Forest’ is an area of our provision which is carefully planned with exciting and high-quality purposeful play opportunities for children to develop in the prime and specific areas. In addition to this, the children have access to an outdoor playground which provides further opportunities for learning and developing.
Our Foundation 2 team comprises of teachers Miss Lindsey and Miss Andrew and teaching assistants Miss Beardsley, Mrs Rowbottom, Miss Sanderson, Miss Campbell and Mrs Murphy.
Our class timetable
Our curriculum and provision is guided by the prime and specific areas of development:
Communication and Language
Personal, Social and Emotional Development
Expressive Arts and Design
Understanding the World
Each of these areas are reflected in our learning environments. Children receive both direct teaching through adult interactions as well as opportunities for independent exploration. Through accessing the environment, children have the opportunity to develop their knowledge and skills in each of these areas.
We have carefully selected the topics and themes to ensure children make progress against the EYFS framework. Our themes include: Family and Friends, Senses and Celebrations, Once Upon a Time, Animals, Gardens and Growing and People Who Help Us.
Trips and WOW Moments
The curriculum in the Early Years Foundation Stage is not only designed to ensure children make progress in the prime and specific areas, but also focuses on enriching the lives of the ‘whole child.’ We ensure that children have opportunities to learn to value their own identity and their place within school and the wider community, this is achieved through trips, visitors and our careers curriculum which focuses on children’s aspirations.
Some of our ‘wow’ moments include speaking with firefighters, paramedics, police officers, doctors, gardeners and more.
In Spring, during our animals topic we take a school trip to Stonebridge City Farm.
Each half term we send out a newsletter which describes our topic, special books and curriculum coverage for the term. It also includes important dates and information. For our latest class newsletter see below…
Additionally, we use TALK newsletters during each half term to describe the content we are covering in our F2 unit. We hope that this allows parents/guardians to support with their child’s learning at home, as well as introduce the key thematic vocabulary we will use in our teaching/provision. You will find an example of a TALK newsletter below…