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Sopley Primary School

Sopley Primary School


Curriculum Statement

The curriculum at Sopley Primary School comprises all the learning and other development opportunities that pupils experience at the schools. We aim to provide a broad, balanced education that enables pupils to achieve as highly as possible and to become good citizens, conscious of their responsibilities to each other, their family, society and the world of work. British Values underpin our entire ethos and curriculum, which are democracy; the rule of law; individual liberty; mutual respect for and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs.

We believe that education, at home and at school, is a route to moral, social, cultural, spiritual, physical and mental development, and thus the well-being of the individual. Education should also reaffirm a commitment to our federation values of honesty, enthusiasm, ambition, respect and truthfulness.

At Sopley, we also believe that:

  • Each pupil is entitled to receive the best education possible and to achieve the highest standards
  • The curriculum should prepare children for secondary school and beyond 
  • The curriculum should meet pupil’s individual needs
  • Pupils learn best from a broad and challenging curriculum
  • The curriculum should involve first-hand experience and be taught in ways that make sense for pupils
  • Achievement in a range of subjects across the curriculum and beyond improves pupils’ confidence and self-esteem, enabling them to tackle more challenging work and develop a positive attitude to school
  • Our curriculum should take advantage of the benefits and opportunities provided by our location in the New Forest and proximity to the coast.

We aim to teach a broad and balanced curriculum in an engaging, interesting and inspirational way primarily through a skills based, topic approach. These topics include the National Curriculum subjects of science, history, geography, design and technology, art and design, computing, modern foreign languages and music.  The core subjects of English and mathematics and science have their own separate schemes, as do personal, social and health education (PSHE), religious education, modern foreign languages (MFL) and physical education.  Where possible, however, links are made to embed the learning in these subjects. 

Each subject has a detailed plan for what we want pupils to know, understand and be able to do at the end of each year of learning. These plans constitute our curriculum intent and inform the teaching of the subject and topic. We have prepared our intent so that knowledge, skills and understanding build progressively over time and allow opportunities for revisiting learning so that it goes into pupils’ long-term memory.

Our pupils lie at the heart of our thematic learning. We listen to what pupils say they would like to learn as well. This approach provides a rich diversity of exciting themes that appeal to our children while still covering all the separate elements required by our National Curriculum.

We are passionate about providing children with opportunities to apply their knowledge and understanding of the curriculum and we offer a range of trips and visits to complement their learning in school. We plan linked visits that offer children opportunities to develop and explore the local area as well as visiting places of interest further afield. We provide a residential visit every other year for our Year 5 and Year 6 pupils, which provides an ideal opportunity for relationship and character building.  

Children are given opportunities to participate in before and after school and lunch time clubs linked to the curriculum areas.

For further information please see our curriculum maps and refer to the National Curriculum, accessed from