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Five Islands Academy Curriculum Intent


The Five Islands Academy brings together children from the archipelago of the Isles of Scilly, 28 miles out into the Atlantic from Land’s End. We take our learning principles from our extraordinary environment, our creative islands community and the far-reaching horizons in every direction that inspire boundless possibilities.



We are working together to design a truly excellent curriculum for our students: one which will nurture curious, collaborative, creative global learners with the rich knowledge and confident oracy that will empower every student to thrive whether they choose to contribute to their local community or to sail away across the wider world.



We believe that every aspect of our children’s learning should have meaning and purpose. We have the privileged opportunity to guide each child’s learning journey from the ages of 3 to 16, allowing us to take a holistic approach to building a coherent curriculum, all parts of which lead to authentic outcomes and powerful preparation for life beyond school.


Curriculum Coherence

Our curriculum design philosophy is underpinned by four key strands of thinking: substantive content, guiding disciplinary concepts, adventurous and ethical connections, and confident communication.

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Primary Phonics and Reading Schemes

From EYFS and Key Stage 1, the school follows the Read Write Inc. phonics programme. This is a highly-structured and effective programme, initially taught in whole-class groups, developing into small group teaching sessions.


Our reading scheme is made up from books from a range of publishers, which help our children to develop a love of reading while selecting within a choice at their appropriate level.


As the children develop in fluency, towards the end of Key Stage 1, they will be ready to join the Accelerated Reader programme.

Secondary Project Weeks

Project Weeks take place at the end of the Autumn, Winter and Spring quadmesters. These provide deep learning opportunities as well as enabling outside agencies to work with us to enhance our curriculum.


Project Weeks for 2019-20 are as follows:


  • Autumn: 18th-22nd November 2018 
  • Winter: 10th-14th February 2019
  • Spring: 11th-15th May 2019

Year 9 Options

Year 9 students choose their optional GCSE subjects during Quadmester 3.


All students are expected to study:


  • English Language
  • English Literature
  • Mathematics
  • Combined or Separate Sciences
  • Global Citizenship
  • PE
  • History or Geography