Cornerstones curriculum


Sprites Primary Academy follows the Cornerstones Curriculum. This curriculum encompasses the National Curriculum's Programmes of Study. It is project-based and is broken into 4 stages:


1) Engage (Immersing the children in their new topic through interesting activities, speakers or visits)

2) Develop (Developing skills in many areas of curriculum related to the project)

3) Innovate (Using and Applying the skills taught via a series or missions or challenges)

4) Express (Celebrating learnt knowledge)


To see our curriculum statement, please click here


To see specific year group plans, please go to your child's class page. 


Reading at Sprites

Our aim at Sprites Primary Academy is for all children to become fluent readers and develop a passion for reading. We use engaging texts with the whole class across the school, from Reception to Year 6 so the children become enthusiastic about reading, enhance and develop their vocabulary, and to inspire their writing. We aim to teach reading to children through phonics, using pictorial clues and through their understanding of the text they are reading.  Children read on a one to one basis and in small groups. In years 3-6, the children read alongside the whole class. 

Writing at Sprites

The use of engaging, relevant and high quality texts is central to our writing curriculum. These act as stimuli for children to develop and explore their writing skills. Children write for purpose wherever possible, on a theme linked to the half termly topic. Teacher-led activities show children how to plan, draft, rehearse and edit texts preparing them to write ambitiously. Children learn how to debate and present: to reason and justify their answers. Grammar is integrated into our English curriculum and is taught discretely and in context.



We follow the Read, Write, Inc. phonics scheme. 

We strive to ensure all children become fluent and enthusiastic readers by the end of Key Stage One.  Phonics is the beginning of children’s body of knowledge, skills and understanding that are an essential part of learning to read and write.

The development of skills, knowledge and understanding in phonics throughout the school is done alongside other aspects of Literacy, such as Handwriting and Spelling.



From Reception, children are encouraged to use their knowledge of the sounds (phonics) to spell (encode) and read (decode) regular words.

Children will be given words to learn each week. These will often be linked to certain letter patterns or spelling rules.


We follow the National Curriculum (Click here to see Appendix 1) to teach specific spelling patterns. 

When teaching children to spell they will need to use a number of clues:


1) Break the word into sound (phoneme) chunks

2) Use their phonetic knowledge to spell those sounds to create the word


e.g. Sprouted   =   s p r ou t ed 


However, some words do not always follow conventional patterns so children will need to use a range of skills. These are known as morphology, orthography, etymology. For more information about these, click here.



At Sprites, joined up handwriting is taught with a sequential and progressive approach. We believe that children’s self-esteem and pride in their work can be raised by good quality presentation.


We use Nelson handwriting scheme throughout the school, thus ensuring there is a continuity and progression across classes. During lessons we ensure that children sit, position their paper / book and hold their pen/pencil correctly using their other hand to hold their work firmly. Chair height is checked to ensure it is correct. Handwriting is taught on a daily basis up to year 4 and teachers and learning support staff model the handwriting style.

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