Foundation Unit at Christ Church
Here at Christ Church our central aim is the education of the whole child. This includes their spiritual, emotional, social, physical and academic development. We will strive to cater for each pupil’s needs and actively encourage them to develop their own abilities and so achieve their personal goals.
The team work alongside other agencies and partnerships to promote a fully inclusive foundation unit where all children are valued and respected as individuals and are well supported, enabling them to reach their full potential.
Teaching and Learning
At Christ Church we ensure learning is accessible to all children in many ways, ensuring all learners achieve well.
The school offers a teaching practice of 50% child initiated continuous provision and 30% direct teaching time alongside highly qualified early year’s specialists. The 50% direct teaching time runs off a timetable that includes all 17 areas of the EYFS curriculum, phonics, hand writing and reading, writing and maths groups.
The children are meticulously assessed and observed allowing staff to identify children who are not meeting their targets. If children are identified, additional support will be given to ensure they make the required progress. This may include additional group work or 1:1 work with a member of the EYFS staff.
All objectives we work towards in the foundation unit are taken directly from the EYFS curriculum. The objectives are chosen and bases are enhanced using appropriate resources and activities that match the given objectives.
Phonics and Handwriting
Phonics and hand writing are undertaken daily. Each of the members of staff is responsible for a group of children. Foundation unit follow the whole school handwriting scheme penpals. Children follow the Letters and sounds curriculum for phonics.
Phonics assessments for F2 are completed in September as a baseline and then half termly throughout the academic year to ensure good progress is being made.
The impact of the teaching of phonics is evident in the data. The cohort for 2014-15 data shows 6% of children were considered on track for reading and 6% on track for writing. By the end of the academic year 70% of the children were at least on track for reading and 64% for writing.
Partnership with Parents
We offer an Open Door policy to all of our parents within the Foundation Stage, allowing parent’s access to the unit daily to settle their child if necessary and catch up with the teachers and staff if required.
Regular ‘stay and play’ events are planned. These focus around the Curriculum where the unit is set up with reading, writing and maths based activities for parents and carers to share with their child.
We use star moments in the unit, where a star moments sheet is sent home and parents can write something on it which their child has done which they think is great!
We send out home school learning packs, reading books and homework on a weekly basis with a home school record book so parents can allow us to ascertain how the children are getting on at home. Target work is also shared with parents in the record book.
Parents are also invited on school trips and into the unit during parents meetings.
Speech and Language
Staff members work with the foundation unit to identify, assess, and implement 1:1 speech and language provision with parental consent. They support children within the unit each week and is able to liaise with staff and parents/carers to give strategies to continue this support. All children entering the Foundation Unit are screened using the Wellcom screening programme. Any children who do not achieve age related expectation have additional 1:1 sessions to ensure they make good progress in relation to their communication skills.
The School Day
The school day within the Foundation runs along side the main school day. Foundation 2 start at 9.a.m, although gates are opened from 8.50am, and finish their day at 3.30.p.m. The children go for lunch at 12.p.m until 1.15.p.m.
In Foundation 1 we currently offer an afternoon nursery. Nursery starts at 12.30 p.m. and finishes at 3.30.p.m.
The Foundation Unit hold their own assemblies and join the main school for special Collective Worship. In the Summer Term Foundation 2 join in with Celebration Assembly on a Friday.