Early Years Foundation Stage

Welcome to our Foundation Unit

In our well resourced Foundation Stage Unit children have the opportunity to learn through play and practical activities, with free-flow access to indoors and outdoors.

We follow the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum which covers seven areas of learning. It is a play-based curriculum, following a child-initiated structure, where the children learn through direct experience, investigation and exploration.  We also teach early reading and writing through our systematic approach to phonics (using the Essential Letters and Sounds phonics scheme) ensuring that early reading and writing skills are developed sequentially and with robust and consistent teaching.

The unit provides an attractive, stimulating, well organised and interactive environment for children aged 3-5. Our outdoor area has varied and open ended resources offering the children the opportunity to initiate and take part in games and activities that encourage them to engage in personal interactions, conversations and negotiation.

Early Years Foundation Stage Long-Term Curriculum Map

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It is our aim in the unit to foster independence and confidence in our children, who are happy in their play and learning.  All children are encouraged to develop emotionally, physically and intellectually through a variety of well-structured provision and adult-led focused activity sessions.

As part of the journey through Foundation, children learn through our exciting and engaging topics that link to the children’s interests including ‘Marvellous Me, Winter, Christmas, Construction, People who Help Us, Traditional Tales, Down at the Bottom of the Garden and All around the World’. All our activities are differentiated and careful consideration is given to provide challenge to achieve the next step in the children’s learning and development.

As a unit we know that the children’s learning begins at home and we strive to work with parents to continue the learning journey, working together to consolidate their child’s learning through play. We encourage parents to share the children’s learning achievements at home via on our online platform ‘Seesaw’. Parents are invited into the unit every half term for ‘Breakfast with Books’ and for assemblies and the annual Nativity. Parents are regularly invited to speak to staff about their child’s progress. We feel this open-door policy to parents is important to keep strong ties between school and home.

The Unit consists of both Upper and Lower Foundation children.  Lower Foundation children begin in the term after their third birthday, we offer flexible sessions for both the 15 and 30 hours options.

For more information on Lower Foundation please visit this page on our website.

For more information on Upper Foundation please visit this page on our website.

Open Events Autumn 2024

We would love to welcome you to meet our staff and have a look around our Foundation Stage Unit so you can see for yourself the wonderful provision we have on offer.

We will upload the dates of our open events in the Summer Term of 2024. If you wish to come and have a look around in the meantime you would be very welcome, please contact the school office.

Mrs Sholi


Chinese New Year!

The Upper Foundation children have really enjoyed learning about Chinese New Year!

We read the book, ‘Dragons in the City’, wrote about the story, decorated the home corner and tried different Chinese foods.


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The Accord Multi Academy Trust is an educational charity established in September 2016 that is currently made up of four academies who were the founding members of the Trust. In September 2016 Horbury Academy and Ossett Academy & Sixth Form College came together, moving away from their stand-alone Trust status and were joined in December 2016 by Horbury Primary Academy and Middlestown Primary Academy.

The overarching vision for the Trust is to work in one ‘Accord – celebrating the differences of each academy through strong collaboration in order to inspire all members of our learning community to be the best that they can be.

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