At Button Lane we teach English (including phonics), Mathematics, Religious Education, Physical Education, PSHE, Music and Spanish as discrete subjects. The remainder of the curriculum is taught through a thematic approach using the Cornerstones Curriculum.
We are busy developing our curriculum across school - The Cornerstones Curriculum is based on a four-stage philosophy: Engage, Develop, Innovate, 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.
This document explains more about Our Creative Curriculum
The Cornerstones Curriculum features more than 70 Imaginative Learning Projects. Each project is split into sections, which see children progress through four stages of learning: Engage, Develop, Innovate, Express.
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!