Lower Foundation

Welcome to Lower Foundation

Open Events Autumn Term 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 (especially if you child is due to start at Easter or in September) you would be very welcome, please contact the school office to arrange a visit.

Mrs Sholi. EYFS Lead.

New Starter/Lower Foundation Parent Information

All our New Starters to LF receive two stay and play sessions where the children can play in our unit with their parent/carer to familiarise them with our setting. They will also receive a home visit and parents are invited to join us for a welcome meeting. We have 3 starting points in the year for LF children; September, January and April. Children can join us the term after they turn 3 and can access either 15/30 hours. We run a playgroup every Thursday morning for 2 year olds and 3 year olds who are waiting for the funded hours. Please see this webpage for more information: Playgroup.

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Lower Foundation Welcome Booklet

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Parent/Carer Information

In Lower Foundation we use Seesaw as our virtual classroom. Please click here for a link to the site. If you have any difficulty logging on please e-mail the office at admin@middlestown.accordmat.org and we will generate a new login code.

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How you can help your child at home…

There are lots of ways you can help you child develop skills at home:

  • Play games that involve taking turns.
  • Painting and drawing, encouraging your child to be creative and give meaning to any marks that they make.
  • Constantly talking to your child and listening to their answers is a really important activity and builds language skills and social skills.
  • Sing Nursery Rhymes and songs that have repetition in them as these will help them to remember new words.
  • Telling or reading stories and poems to your child is an important part of developing an interest in reading. This should be an enjoyable experience for yourself and your child.
  • You should aim to share a story for a short period (e.g. 10 minutes at least) every day. When reading a story,  encourage your child to talk about the pictures and identify characters. Let your child hold the book and turn the pages as you read the story. Ask them to predict what might happen next.
  • Spend time outdoors running, jumping and climbing this all helps to develop good gross motor skills.
  • Complete jigsaws, spending time colouring , threading beads and using playdough; all of these will help develop fine motor skills.
  • Encourage your chid to independently use the toilet.
  • Teach your child how to put on and take off their own coat and do up the zip.
  • Practise sharing toys with other children/family members.

Half Termly Curriculum Overviews

Harvest Festival Celebrations!

Foundation came together to celebrate the Harvest Festival!

Check out their singing!


The Foundation children learned all about Diwali!

They read the story ‘The Best Diwali Ever’ and then explored designing Mehndi hand patterns.

The children also made Coconut Ladoos and then tasted them. Delicious!

Paramedic Visit

Foundation had the pleasure of hosting Matt, a dedicated ‘HART Paramedic’ from the Yorkshire Ambulance Service.

He captivated the children with first-hand insights, demonstrating how he helps people in need.

Thank you, Matt, for taking the time to bring our ‘People Who Help Us’ topic to life.

Visit from PC Firth!

Foundation welcomed PC Firth from West Yorkshire Police, as he came to speak to children about his job and how he helps people in his role as a Police Officer.

The children were fascinated and asked some really insightful questions.

Thank you, PC Firth!

West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service Visit

Foundation learned so much from West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service when they came to visit us.

We learned about how they help people, the special equipment they use and the clothing they wear.

The children loved exploring the fire engine and getting to use the hose!

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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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