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Our Curriculum

Early Years (Reception)

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At Austhorpe Primary School our ambitious curriculum provides a secure foundation for our children to become inquisitive life-long learners. 

“Most of what children need to learn in their early childhood years cannot be taught: it’s discovered through play.”

Mary Wilson


The intent is that by the time the children leave Reception, they are; independent, confident learners who are resilient and ready for the next stage of their learning.  

We believe that every child has the ability to SHINE.

Throughout the year they will take part in an ambitious, exciting curriculum which is planned to enable the children to progress towards the end of year goals.  

Our curriculum is shaped around 7 areas of learning and incorporates all of the things we want the children to learn, experience and do but also allows the flexibility of following the interest of the children and enables us to respond quickly to child led learning.  

We believe that it is crucial for children to develop a life long love of reading and thrive on developing confident, fluent and independent readers. Reading underpins our curriculum at Austhorpe, as we understand that it is a life skill which unlocks opportunities for children to thrive in all areas of the curriculum. We teach daily systematic phonics on a scheme called Read Write Inc, this starts in the first two weeks of Reception. Alongside this we believe that reading frequently to children, and engaging them actively in stories, non-fiction, rhymes and poems and providing them with opportunities to use and embed new words in a range of contexts, will give our children the opportunity to thrive. 

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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