Skip to content
Red Kite Learning Trust
Austhorpe - Writing - 2023

Our Curriculum

Our curriculum is thematic 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 our pupils to develop clearly identified key knowledge, contextualised vocabulary and skills in all National Curriculum subjects. This ensures our children are ready for the next stage of their education. The fundamentals of the Austhorpe curriculum are based around the core skills of speaking, listening, reading, writing and arithmetic.

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


After a knowledge harvest Teachers define key knowledge, vocabulary and skills and establish the best learning environment and activities 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 (including using technology through Quick Quizzes) 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 teaching team will assess whether or not the children have retained and understood key knowledge to ascertain that learning has taken place.

We use rigorous monitoring throughout the year to assess the impact of the school’s curriculum design. 

The impact of our curriculum is seen in:

  • Success – children have good academic outcomes
  • Happy and Healthy – in their everyday life, through active habits and a knowledge of healthy choices
  • Inclusive – involving all children throughout school life 
  • Nurturing - harnessing the best in every child
  • Enrichment – children taking part in a wide range of activities

Thematic Curriculum

Early Years and Foundation Stage

Aut 1

Aut 2

Spr 1

Spr 2


Sum 2


Whole Year LTP (EYFS)

What makes us marvellous?

Is there anybody out there?

What makes an author?

Are all beasts mini?

Is life better down where it is wetter? What is a dinosaur?


Key Stage 1

Aut 1

Aut 1

Spr 1

Spr 2

Sum 2

Sum 2

Year 1

Whole Year LTP (Year 1) 

What can we grow in the UK?

Why do we celebrate special events?

Is a bat a bird?

Are there any real-life superheroes?

Is everything always as it seems?

Where shall we go on holiday?

Year 2

Whole Year LTP (Year 2)

Is a castle the same as a palace?

Where should we build a castle?

Can we grow cocoa beans in the garden?

Who invented chocolate?

Does the sea have a side?

What were seaside holidays like in the past?


Key Stage 2


Aut 1                  Aut 2

Spr 1                  Spr 2

Sum 1                Sum 2

Year 3

Whole Year LTP (Year 3)

Are we detectives?

What did the Romans ever do for us?

Could it be magic?

Year 4

Whole Year LTP (Year 4)

Shall we rock?

How long is a journey?

How did WW2 affect us?

Year 5

Whole Year LTP (Year 5)

Is it too late to save the rainforest?

Can we have an eco- friendly Christmas?

Are you an Athenian or a Spartan?

Where in the solar system are we?

What does it mean to be a leader?

Year 6

Whole Year LTP (Year 6)

How extraordinary are we?

Do civilizations always improve?

Does the punishment always fit the crime?



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: Red Kite Office, Pannal Ash Road, Harrogate, HG2 9PH

Austhorpe Primary School uses cookies to ensure that we give you the best experience on our website. For optimal performance please accept cookies. For more information please visit our cookies policy.

Accept and close