School Curriculum

At St. Agnes ACE Academy we believe that our curriculum should promote great attitudes to learning, a desire for knowledge and develop a child’s enquiring mind.

The curriculum is the totality of our pupils’ learning experiences and is comprised of the National Curriculum, Religious Education and the wider curriculum. We ensure that children have a wide range of learning experiences that challenge, stimulate and promote thinking and learning.

The wider curriculum is promoted through our strong school ethos and gives our pupils the skills they need to become active and responsible members of the community.  Our school is in a beautiful natural setting and we teach our children the importance of protecting the environment through Forest School, outside learning, Gardening Club, Science Club and assemblies.  Working with Surfers Against Sewage, we are part of the Plastic Free Schools programme and are using their 'power to the pupils' motto to encourage the community to boycott all single use plastics.

Our school is in the heart of the community and we have strong links with the Church, library, museum and the Surf Lifesaving Club who teach our children about beach safety each summer.      

Subjects in the curriculum include Maths, English, Science, ICT, History, Geography, Music,Design & Technology (DT), RE, PE, Art, Modern Foreign Language (MFL) and PSHE.

 You can find out more about the curriculum in each class by clicking on the relevant year group tab or by contacting the school office.

Homework Policy January 2017

You’ll find a revised Homework Policy below and on the school website under the ‘Parents’ heading on the ‘Policies’ page. The exciting reading, writing and maths initiatives we’re working on this year have made this a good time to review our Homework policy, and we’ve also tried to take into account parents’ comments and suggestions.


The main changes we’ve made are:

  •          We have modified the recommended amounts of time for the essential activity of reading. Activities to support your child’s reading skills can also be found in the front of their Reading Journals, which are being distributed this week to children in Y2 to Y6.
  •          We have provided guidance on recommended time for additional longer, marked homework tasks related to Literacy, Numeracy or other curriculum areas.
  •          Lists of times tables and spellings will no longer be sent home for learning in preparation for a weekly test. Instead, you will be given information about the times tables and spellings that your child will be focussing on over the half term, along with suggested activities that could be used to support your child’s learning at home in these areas.


Research suggests that a child’s success in spelling tests is not often applied in their writing.  This is because it is the teaching of spelling patterns and rules and how to apply them that makes the difference to children's spelling. Therefore each year group will be taught either daily phonics or spelling through games and investigations. However, the teacher will send home a list of the weekly spelling patterns that will be covered each half term, so that you can support your child home should you wish to do so.

Times table practice will also form part of our daily teaching so that the children can both understand and recall multiplication facts. The teacher will let you know what times tables your child will be focusing on each half-term.