Curriculum Design and Intent

‘Be the Best you can Be’


The Acorns Primary and Nursery school defines the curriculum as what our children need to learn; therefore, we include all aspects of the school day: lessons, clubs, visits and visitors, performances and sporting activities. Teaching and learning is designed to inspire, motivate and engage. Rich and varied experiences ensure that learning is memorable and positive, and will therefore serve our children in later life.


We are committed to delivering a broad and balanced curriculum. We provide time for children to practise, learning in multiple contexts  so that they thoroughly understand it. The Education Act (2002) states it must:

  • promote the spiritual, moral, cultural, mental and physical development of pupils at the school and of society;
  • prepare pupils at the schools for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of later life.

We are completely committed to these statements and to every one of our children as unique individuals.


The National Curriculum sets out knowledge and expectations for all children. In designing The Acorns’ curriculum, we have ensured that the National Curriculum is covered progressively and fully. To ensure our children have the very best life-chances, we ensure that every opportunity is provided for children to enhance, develop and refine key skills in English and Maths.


Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening are central to the curriculum at The Acorns. English is taught both discreetly and across the curriculum, using the exceptional pedagogy promoted through 'Talk for Writing'. Developing communication skills is of the highest priority and teaching is designed to provide multiple opportunities for this. Furthermore, teachers promote a love of reading; it is imperative all our children are confident readers irrelevant of their background.


Our approach to the teaching of mathematics is equally passionate. We follow a Mathematics Mastery curriculum which has been developed to ensure every child can achieve. It provides pupils with a deep understanding of the subject through a concrete, pictorial and finally abstract approach. We want our children to reach their mathematical potential so that they have the very best chance to access Key Stage 3 and for everyday life.


To widen children’s understanding of society and deepen learning, the curriculum considers a termly ‘Big Question’. Our questions encompass important issues around British Values and Social Moral Spiritual and Cultural aspects of learning. Through this, children are motivated and inspired to learn more.


Subjects defined in the National Curriculum are made clear to children so that they understand what they are learning. Lessons are blocked together so that a child has time over the course of a day, week or longer to thoroughly understand key knowledge and to develop skills needed. This allows children to deepen their understanding because they return to the subject whilst the knowledge is fresh in their mind. Subject leaders monitor learning to quality assure it and offer ways to further enhance lessons. Children are challenged to apply their learning from English and Maths into other curriculum areas. Giving children a true purpose for learning is motivational and enjoyable.


We provide rich experiences to bring learning alive and to inspire our children. We therefore offer many visits and visitors to our children. Additionally, we recognise that learning goes well beyond the National Curriculum. We want our children to be resilient, determined learners. We want them to be kind, well-rounded and respectful. We therefore structure learning in lessons to facilitate this. We also want our children to lead healthy lives, so we act as role models and tailor the curriculum and welfare support to address this. We provide lots of opportunities for physical activity both within the school day and after school hours.

We want our children to be the best they can be. 


If you require any further information, please contact School or talk to your child's class teacher. Additionally, we have a full page on English which provides further details on phonics, reading and writing. You can also find our PE Yearly Overview, which provides information on the range of physical activities and sporting opportunities we proivde at The Acorns.

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The Acorns Primary and Nursery School

Pooltown Road
Ellesmere Port
CH65 7ED

Main Contact: Mrs H. Broom, Executive Head Teacher

Tel: 0151 355 1546

SEN Contact: Mrs K Bentley

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