Skip to content ↓
Chesswood Junior School

Chesswood Junior School

ACRO and Solar School

ACRO -  Learning Skills

The ACRO skills model used at Chesswood has been adapted from the Welsh Assembly model which was introduced to 'focus on the attitudes, skills and behaviours needed to enable young people to meet the needs of business in the 21st Century' (Business Wales). They form a core part of our 'Life opportunities' curriculum driver (see curriculum). 

The types of skills covered can be referred to as 'entrepreneurial' 'employability' or 'learning' skills and underpin all learning at Chesswood, developing in children an understanding of the personal skills required to be successful in many areas of life, relating well to the school's curriculum driver ' Life Opportunities'.  

Use the menu on the right to access how ACRO is developed at Chesswood.

The core skills covered are -




Beneath these core skills are 'families of skills' which children focus throughout their time at Chesswood. 













To engage children with the skills, 'Solar School' has been developed at Chesswood. Solar School is a ficticious school set in space and has been created to introduce pupils to learning skills, utilising and expanding the ACRO framework. Pupils from Chesswood school worked with Andy Bartlett (designer) to develop the ideas behind Solar School - leading the Solar School model to be launched at Chesswood - The Home of Solar School. Children at Chesswood are familiar with the 'Solar School Scenario'.



Skills Presentation


Year 3

Year 4

Year 5

Year 6