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Curriculum Framework and Progression

William Austin Infant School are committed to ensuring that children develop the skills and acquire the knowledge to meet and surpass curriculum requirements. We set high expectations and standards and we are focused in our efforts to help children meet those standards. Our motto and vision is ‘Where All Individuals Shine’ and we have created a culture of learning for all. We recognise and understand the needs and learning patterns of different children and we inspire them to recognise their own potential and work towards achieving it.


Since the implementation of the Primary National Curriculum we have enhanced and updated all our topic-based units with new themes, resources and learning outcomes. We have been busy making as many natural links to subjects as possible and teaching cross-curricular skills. Our creative curriculum is exciting, enjoyable and engaging which provides challenging and stimulating learning opportunities for all our children.


To bring these topics to life and capture our pupils' imagination we use memorable ‘Wow Moments’ and ‘Wow Days’ which enable children to be excited, passionate and empowered to learn. In addition to this we use outdoor learning opportunities, inspirational educational visits, theatre trips, in-house theatre productions, themed dressing-up days, real life experiences, hands-on practical lessons, 'expert into school' days, and parent involvement with curriculum workshops and celebration days.

This approach allows us to provide our children with a more meaningful, rich and exciting array of classroom experiences that relate, inspire and enthuse our children’s imagination. We encourage children to ask questions to promote their thinking skills and ‘Talking Time’ is essential. The children participate in learning through exploration, investigations, creativity, discovery and problem solving.


We offer a richly balanced, rounded curriculum to equip children with life-long learning skills. In a nutshell our curriculum enables our children to be more active, creative, curious, imaginative independent and reflective learners.


Please take a look at the links below, which details our curriculum overviews, planning for each year group as well as more information for Maths and English. If you would like anymore information about our curriculum then please contact the school directly. 

Below are a list of the topics that will be covered throughout the year.


Year R Topics

  • Autumn 1- Myself & Elmer
  • Autumn 2- Traditional Tales & Celebrations
  • Spring 1-  People Who Help Us & Instructions
  • Spring 2- Past & Present
  • Summer 1- Countries & Environments
  • Summer 2- Animals


    Year 1 Topics

    • Autumn 1 – My World and School
    • Autumn 2 – Patterns and Changes
    • Spring 1 – Travel and Transport
    • Spring 2 – United Kingdom
    • Summer 1 – Animals
    • Summer 2 – Growth


    Year 2 Topics

    • Autumn 1 – People who made a difference- Nurses
    • Autumn 2 – People who make a difference- The recycling women of the Gambia
    • Spring 1 – The Great Fire of London
    • Spring 2 – Awesome Authors
    • Summer 1 – Window (Local environment)
    • Summer 2 – Seaside

    The Curriculum programmes of study can be found by clicking the link below.