Button Lane Primary School

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Our Curriculum

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.


School Awards and Ethos

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Cornerstones Curriculum

The Cornerstones Curriculum is based on a four-stage philosophy:

  1. Engage
  2. Develop
  3. Innovate
  4. Express.

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!