Our Curriculum Design
Our school motto: Nurture, Inspire, Achieve is at the heart of our curriculum and all that we do at Butterstile.
We aim to provide a literacy-rich curriculum that is broad and balanced and meets the needs of all of the children in our community.
We aim to:
Nurture: By providing a calm, caring inclusive environment where children’s well-being is paramount, we develop the whole child and provide support to meet the needs of all children and enable all to access the curriculum fully.
Inspire: By providing a curriculum that engages and challenges all children; provides opportunities and experiences to broaden their horizons, raise aspirations and develop active global citizens
Achieve: By deepening knowledge and skills, with literacy at the heart, ensuring effective progression within each subject and across all year groups. We will celebrate achievements and successes both academically and in other areas such as ‘The arts’ and sport.
Our curriculum is underpinned by a core set of values that we teach alongside developing our children’s understanding of the British values.
At Butterstile Primary School, we implement an inclusive curriculum that meets the statutory requirements of the National Curriculum. Our curriculum is well-planned and provides literacy-rich, cross-curricular opportunities.
Each half term, all year groups follow the same global theme, where our wider curriculum is linked to global issues as well as making links to our local community. For each theme, teachers plan an inspiring stimulus, an exciting homework project and a celebratory event, to hook and engage children and parents and make learning purposeful and relevant.
Parents are provided with knowledge mats at the start of all History, Geography and Science units, to encourage discussion with their child and deepen their knowledge and breadth of vocabulary.
Teachers use carefully selected, high-quality texts to deliver elements of the English curriculum.
Within the wider curriculum, teachers ensure that there are opportunities planned for children to further develop their literacy skills, including regular cross-curricular writing, ensuring that standards are consistent across the curriculum.
Knowledge and vocabulary are fundamental within our literacy-rich curriculum. Lessons are well-planned to develop and increase children’s knowledge, building on prior experiences and making connections in their learning. Children are immersed in and exposed to a diet of vocabulary, which is high-level and subject-specific, to extend their breadth of language.
Our curriculum is delivered through highly effective quality first teaching. Enrichment opportunities, including outdoor learning, inspirational visitors and exciting educational visits, provide our children with rich experiences and enhance teaching, learning and knowledge.
Our curriculum promotes children’s Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural development, ensuring that they become reflective, independent and responsible global citizens. Fundamental British Values are actively promoted in order to prepare the children for life in Modern Britain.
Our curriculum is continually shaped and further developed to meet children’s interests and needs.
Our literacy-rich curriculum ensures that children are knowledgeable and skilled, achieve well and make excellent progress at each stage of their education. Through the breadth and depth that our curriculum offers, children develop character, are rounded and grounded, confident and resilient, and well-equipped for the future. Our curriculum enables children to become articulate and enthusiastic learners, creative and physically competent, with high aspirations and ambition.