Art and DT
Our Curriculum is designed with the intent to maximise the potential of all of our pupils; intellectually, socially, morally, emotionally and culturally. We take every opportunity to encourage a love for learning within all of our pupils. Most importantly we allow our children to learn in a safe and stimulating environment, where their views are valued. We value the teaching of art and design technology and are committed to providing a rich curriculum and believe skills in this area can be transferred across to other subjects.
Art is delivered by teaching specific skills and also through opportunities for purposeful cross curricular links. Examples of cross curricular art work is very strong throughout the school; with EYFS producing work on Lowry, KS1 and KS2 producing Roman chariots and catapults. KS2 have also produced some fantastic work based around Remembrance Day.
On occasion we use specialist artists to immerse the children into a topic. For example we had an artist join us during our whole school topic of World War 1.
We have extra-curricular clubs focused on art and design, for example ‘Christmas club’ in which KS2 children designed and made their own Christmas stockings.
As a school we aim to ensure that all pupils:
- Produce creative work, exploring their ideas and recording their experiences.
- Become proficient in drawing, painting, sculpting, crafting and all art and design techniques.
- Evaluate their work using appropriate vocabulary
- Know about great artists and designers and understand the historical and cultural development of art.
Children are given the opportunity to revisit skills throughout the school year. The children’s art and design technology is often cross curricular which helps them show their knowledge and understanding in history, geography and science.
Design and Technology
The Design and Technology subject leader is Mrs Wyke.
We aim to make DT exciting, interesting and purposeful, where the children can extend their learning in other subjects through a different medium.
All pupils investigate objects around them, exploring how things are made and how things work. They are taught a range of cutting and joining skills, using a variety of tools and materials. They also learn how to design and construct things safely, selecting and using appropriate tools and techniques.
There is now an increased focus on developing our pupils’ cookery skills, both within curriculum time and when possible, as an extra-curricular activity and this will become more apparent across the school as time goes on. As part of their work, across a wide range of subjects including PE and science, our pupils will be taught how to cook and apply the principles of nutrition and healthy eating. We wish to instil a love of cooking in our pupils allowing them to be creative. We believe that learning how to cook is a crucial life skill that enables pupils to feed themselves and others affordably and well, now and in later life.
We aim to ensure that all pupils:
- develop the creative, technical and practical expertise needed to perform everyday tasks confidently and to participate successfully in an increasingly technological world
- build and apply a repertoire of knowledge, understanding and skills in order to design and make high-quality prototypes and products for a wide range of users
- critique, evaluate and test their ideas and products and the work of others
- understand and apply the principles of nutrition and learn how to cook.