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Austhorpe Primary School Copyright 2022 (17)

Our Curriculum

Our curriculum is enquiry based using our unique location to encourage outdoor learning. All learning promotes basic skills to ensure children are ready for the next step in their lives.

We use our well-developed outdoor space, including Wildlife Area, Quad and raised beds, in a wide variety of ways, with all children experiencing Forest School Provision at different stages of their time in school.


To create a broad and ambitious curriculum which provides opportunities for all pupils to develop clearly identified key knowledge, contextualised vocabulary and skills in all National Curriculum subjects which ensures they are ready for the next stage of their education.

We intend to put children’s personal development at the forefront and use a ‘enquiry-based curriculum’ of experiences to engage and enrich their education whilst building knowledge cumulatively throughout the child’s educational journey.

The curriculum will clearly define the knowledge children will be expected to acquire at specific points during their education at Austhorpe, the sequence of learning in each subject and the links in each subject and between subjects over time.

The curriculum is based soundly upon the school's SHINE values: 
Success, Health, Inclusion, Nurture and Enrichment.


Teachers define key knowledge, vocabulary and skills and establish the best learning environment and activity to deliver this.

Teachers are mindful of the knowledge which children need to acquire and retain in order to build on previous learning through a well-planned sequence of lessons.

Each sequence of lessons is geared towards a clearly defined end point which is that the children are ready for the next stage of their learning.

Teachers are clear about prior learning and revisit this with low stakes testing combining a cumulative pedagogical approach with the introduction of new knowledge.

Teachers are constantly assessing whether or not the new knowledge has been retained before moving on in the sequence of planned lessons.


This will focus on how well our intent has been realised.

We will use a variety of monitoring and assessment methods to find out whether children know what they are meant to know at specific points during their education at Austhorpe.

The leadership team will assess whether or not the children have been taught the key knowledge and whether or not they have retained this in order to ascertain that learning has taken place.

This must be in place in order for new knowledge to be introduced and remembered.

Austhorpe Primary School is part of Red Kite Learning Trust, a charitable company limited by guarantee registered in England and Wales with company number 7523507, registered office address: Harrogate Grammar School, Arthurs Avenue, Harrogate, North Yorkshire HG2 0DZ

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