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Our Curriculum Approach

Curriculum Statement

At St Columb Minor Academy we adopt the International Primary Curriculum (IPC).

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. ‚Äč

As a Trust, we believe that learning is like overlapping waves: A gradual ebbing and flowing of the frequencies of alternative ways of thinking, with new approaches being added and old ones being eliminated as well. New rules / strategies / theories and ways of thinking wash through our minds like waves sometimes obliterating what was there before, sometimes pushing suddenly forward in great surges.



Eco Warriors

At St Columb Minor Academy, we are very proud that one of our USP's is 'Embrace our Eco Status'. We believe that our children have the power to make a difference today and tomorrow by their actions and their words. Our Eco-council translate our commitment to protecting our environment into action at school (changes to school policy), local (involvement in community events and representation at county level through the 'Big Conversation') and national level (eco school and green flag status). 

Our eco council engage with each other, the senior leadership team and the LAB as well as local councilors to make changes to policy and practice that are important to them in their daily lives, both now and for the future. 

The eco council have:

  • Promoted a single use plastic free school
  • Joined with our local secondary school to carry out community litter picks
  • Carried out beach cleans
  • Made representations to our local MP on eco matters 

We instill in the children that little voices joined with big actions can really make a big difference to the world in which they live. It is important that we listen to what our children have to say!

Our Eco Council developed their own Eco-code that they have shared with the whole school. Their code outlines their commitment to our USP of 'Embrace Our Eco Status'. The code guides their work across the year and is built on their eco action plan. It helps them to make the contribution to our local environment that they believe will make a difference both today and tomorrow.


Display boards around our school promote the importance of our environment for all of our pupils and builds on the things they learn in their science and geography curriculum. 



We hosted our very own Kernow Learning environmental summit with all our trust schools attending.

Contributing to a discussion about how to improve the local community and on a more national basis; they even grilled a local MP with some tricky questions.

School council

We are very proud of our School Council. They are the representatives of every child in the school and their role is to be 'the voice of the pupils'. In class the children discuss matters that are important to further improving the daily experience of our children. Their representatives then take these ideas to the main meetings where children from every year group in the school have a say about the matters that are important to them.The Purpose of the School Council

  • To act as a voice for all children in the school
  • To benefit the school
  • To benefit all pupils
  • To contribute to decisions within the school
  • To organise social events and fundraisers
  • To promote democracy



Please click here to view the Equalities Statement, Accessibility Plan, Racial Equality Policy and the Equality and Diversity Policy.  Please also refer to the Everyone's Included pages of the website where you can find an information report detailing how our school identifies, assesses, and makes provision for children with Special Educational Needs and disabilities.

If you would like more information on the curriculum please email - or ask at school reception.