At Button Lane Primary School we are committed to providing and developing a broad and balanced curriculum.
English (including phonics), Mathematics, Religious Education, Physical Education, PSHE, Music and Spanish are taught as discrete subjects however, cross-curricular links are made where possible. The remainder of the curriculum is taught through a thematic approach using the Cornerstones Curriculum.
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The Cornerstones Curriculum is based on a four-stage philosophy:
A successful curriculum is built on inspirational learning activities, high-quality teaching and a classroom environment that allows children to learn in a way that motivates and interests them.
You can read more about our creative curriculum here: Our Creative Curriculum
The Cornerstones Four-Stage Philosophy
At the ‘Engage’ stage, children:
- gain memorable first-hand experiences, such as going on a visit or inviting a special visitor into school
- enjoy ‘WOW’ experiences
- get an exciting introduction to a topic or theme
- begin researching and setting enquiry questions
- get lots of opportunities to make observations
- develop spoken language skills
- take part in sensory activities
- have lots of fun to fully 'engage' with their new topic.
At the ‘Develop’ stage, children:
- improve their knowledge and understanding of the topic
- develop and practice their new skills
- compose, make, do, build, investigate, explore, write for different purposes and read across the curriculum
- research their own questions and those set by others
- follow new pathways of enquiry based on their interests
- complete homework activities that support their learning.
At the ‘Innovate’ stage, children:
- apply skills, knowledge and understanding in real-life contexts
- solve real or imagined problems using everything they’ve learnt
- get inspired by imaginative and creative opportunities
- revisit anything not fully grasped at the ‘Develop’ stage.
At the ‘Express’ stage, children:
- become the performers, experts and informers
- share their achievements with parents, classmates and the community
- evaluate finished products and processes
- link what they have learnt to where they started
- celebrate their achievements!