Academies Curriculum

Beacon ACE Academy

We want our children have the strongest start to their school journeys by providing learning experiences and opportunities which will excite and interest them and encourage them to be confident and eager learners both during their time with us and also for their future lives.

Our curriculum encompasses the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum for our EYFS children (F1 and F2) and the National Curriculum for Key Stage 1 (Year 1 and Year 2) but also involves far more, particularly in terms of developing children’s personal, social and emotional skills and their sense of community and citizenship.  

Children’s learning is stronger, deeper and longer-lasting when they are interested and engaged in the opportunities presented. For that reason, the majority of the curriculum topics are derived from children’s particular interests. Specific skills and curriculum content can be readily adapted to fit many different topics. For example, the children can learn all about size and measuring whether the topic is “dinosaurs” or “The Minions”!

Our child-centred curriculum runs through both EYFS and KS1. Throughout both we focus on personal, social and emotional development. Confident, focussed, engaged and motivated children will be much stronger learners.

Much of the children’s learning is through a “topic-based approach”, which is highly effective in enabling children to make meaningful connections across different aspects of their learning.   Providing opportunities for the children to apply their learning is a key part of the learning process. Some areas of the curriculum have focussed teaching time, particularly English, mathematics and PE.

In September 2016 we are introducing Read, Write, Inc, a structured literacy programme for phonics, reading, writing and spellings. We will continue to use the storytelling approach (Talk4writing) to help children develop imaginative writing.

Citizenship: Our children learn to be responsible and caring members of their immediate communities (their classes, our school), as well as learning to look outward to our county, our country and to countries far and wide. Fund-raising support for international charities, most recently “Literacy in a box”, is invaluable in helping our children to become caring global citizens.

Children’s understanding of British Values is embedded in all parts of both the taught and the informal curriculum. Understanding and following school rules, being listened to, treating each other with respect and tolerance are all part of everyday life in school.

We provide many further opportunities to enrich the children’s learning, including :

visitors to school

Trips to local places

Forest school activities

Specialist PE and Sport coaches

Visiting theatres and musicians
Charlestown ACE Academy

Charlestown Primary School plan a curriculum that is based on first-hand experience, which excites the pupils and engages them in learning. The curriculum includes all the planned activities organised in order to promote learning, personal growth and development.  It includes not only the formal curriculum, but also the range of extra-curricular activities that the school organises in order to enrich the experience of the children. 

It also includes what the children learn from the way they are treated and expected to behave. The academy aims to teach children how to grow into positive, responsible citizens, who value and can work and co-operate with others, while developing knowledge and skills, so that they achieve their true potential. 
St Agnes ACE Academy

St Agnes ACE Academy believes that their curriculum should promote sound attitudes to learning and a desire for knowledge and foster a child’s enquiring mind. The curriculum is the totality of St Agnes pupils’ learning experiences and is comprised of the National Curriculum, Religious Education and the wider curriculum. The academy ensures that children have a wide range of learning experiences that challenge, stimulate and promote thinking and learning.

The academy places great emphasis on high quality teaching of the core subjects of English, Maths and Science; employing a mastery approach to ensure understanding at greater depth. They deliver the wider curriculum through a topic-based approach, which promotes links between related areas of study through investigation and exploration. It is also promoted through strong school ethos and gives pupils the skills they need to become active and responsible members of the community.
St Columb Major ACE Academy

The Government set out its definition of British values in the 2011 Prevent Strategy, and these values have been reiterated by the Prime Minister this year.  At St Columb Major Academy these values are reinforced regularly and in the following ways:


The Rule of Law

Individual Liberty

Mutual Respect

Tolerance of those of Different Faiths and Beliefs

The curriculum includes the formal requirements of the National Curriculum and the range of extra-curricular activities that the school organises in order to enrich the experience of the children. It also includes the ‘hidden curriculum’, or what the children learn from the way they are treated and expected to behave. The academy aims to teach children how to grow into positive, responsible people, who can work and co-operate with others while developing knowledge and skills, so that they achieve their true potential.

The academy is in the process of adopting the new National Curriculum for both Literacy & Numeracy. Medium-term planning in Numeracy is based upon assessment and focuses on moving the pupil’s skills and understanding forward. Literacy planning is based on a topic based approach using the Pie Corbett model of storytelling. Both ensure full coverage of the new curriculum.

Throughout, the academy adopts an inter-disciplinary topic approach to curriculum planning. Planning the curriculum carefully, so that there is coherence and full coverage of all aspects of the National Curriculum (KS1 & KS2) and early learning goals (FS), and there is planned progression in all curriculum areas.
St Columb Minor ACE Academy

Is an International Primary School and has worked hard to develop its ethos and curriculum to prepare today’s children for tomorrow’s world. The school believes in children understanding who they are, where they come from and what impact they have on this world. This then leads on to an understanding of what they can do individually and collectively to make this a better world. The schools innovative curriculum sits within and goes beyond the national curriculum that all primary aged children need to study. The IPC has been designed to ensure rigorous learning, but also to help teachers make all learning exciting, active and meaningful for children. Learning with the IPC takes a global approach; helping children to connect their learning to where they are living now as well as looking at the learning from the perspective of other people in other countries. The IPC is used by schools in more than 92 countries around the world. The IPC has been successfully supporting schools to achieve the outcomes of the National Curriculum for over a decade and has been adapted to fulfil the requirements of the new curriculum 2014. 

Upton Cross ACE Academy

As a school, we endeavour to embrace outdoor learning and enrichment as the basis of our curriculum. We educate all of our children from 3 to 11 years of age and believe experiences beyond the classroom have an enormous impact on the character building of our children.


We promote the 6 R’s of learning: Resilience, Responsibility, Readiness, Resourcefulness, Relationships and Reflectiveness. As a team we have identified that these core skills underpin all aspects of learning for each of our individuals and we respect each and every child’s particular needs and ambitions.


As a small school, we celebrate our ability to successfully adapt the 2014 National Curriculum to enable all of our children to have a wholesome approach within mixed aged classes. Outdoor learning underpins all areas of study enabled by our incredible outdoor facilities. These include a Forest School, kitchen garden, African cob house, old walled yard, chicken coup, quiet areas, an extensive sports field and multi-purpose playgrounds. We also enrich our curriculum by welcoming speakers and theatre companies, as well as educational visits for all ages and residential experiences within KS2.


Our curriculum focus enables the inclusion  of all pupils regardless of  ability, special educational/disability or medical needs. We strive to provide opportunities for all of our children in our community to reach their optimum potential and we assess, construct and deliver the curriculum to reach all levels of learning.