Here at Sopley Primary School we provide a creative curriculum based around the Cornerstones Curriculum.
What is the Cornerstones Curriculum?
The Cornerstones Curriculum is a coherent, skills and knowledge-based primary curriculum with a creative edge. It’s rooted in a proven pedagogy based on how children learn best. At its heart is the principle that every child deserves a rich, fun, engaging and broad learning experience. The curriculum nurtures engagement, curiosity and innovation, brings learning to life in meaningful ways, and really makes an impact.
Imaginative Learning Projects
The Cornerstones Curriculum is based on Imaginative Learning Projects. Each ILP has an overarching theme linked to a national curriculum subject. In addition to the main subject focus, each ILP makes meaningful links across a range of subjects and covers multiple aspects of the national curriculum. Lessons link national curriculum programmes of study (the knowledge bit) and age-related skills (the skills bit).
Subject depth and progression
Each project is closely linked to the knowledge and skills outlined in the national curriculum. Key concepts are learnt and built upon across year groups, ensuring subject depth, coherence and progression. Due to the structure of the Cornerstones Curriculum, children are given ample opportunities to embed knowledge and master new skills in a range of contexts.
Computer skills are an integral part of the curriculum and are taught/applied in all subjects.
In our Early Years Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1 the children develop their phonetic understanding through the Letters and Sounds programme.
Throughout the school a creative and active approach to learning is pursued wherever possible, enhanced by opportunities to learn through real and first hand experiences. We pride ourselves on offering many opportunities to learn outside of the classroom. We take the opportunity to add to the curriculum by inviting visitors into school and by arranging trips to a variety of venues.
Our pupils participate in different sporting events where they compete against other schools. We have trained coaches who teach a variety of sports to our children and run a selection of clubs for both Key Stage One and Key Stage Two children. A variety of other clubs run during and after school during the year which vary term to term. All of our Key Stage 2 children participate in residential trips.