Art & Design Technology

We aim to enable the children to develop:

  • the capacity to observe and learn about the world in which they live, by engaging in first-hand observation of both the natural and the man-made environment.

  • the ability to communicate ideas and feelings in visual form.

In order to achieve this we encourage the children:

  • to develop the capacity for imaginative and original thought and experimentation.

  • to study and evaluate their own work and that of their peers, the work of other artists, craftspeople and designers and a variety of art forms from a range of cultures. To respond thoughtfully, critically and imaginatively to these by communicating their ideas and feelings.

Art will be taught as part of topic work but certain elements may be taught as discrete units of work.

The children will be given opportunities:

  • to work with a variety of materials and media to develop their skills of drawing, painting, print-making, sculpture, collage and clay.

  • to learn to use a range of tools and techniques sensibly and safely.

Design and Technology is a really popular subject across the school from Year R through to Year 6. It helps the children develop problem solving skills, allows them to be creative, teaches them to evaluate their work and learn new skills with a range of equipment. Our Design and Technology curriculum gives the children the opportunity to design and make products using a range of materials including food, textiles, wood and card.

The children begin each unit by studying existing models or products and evaluating why they are successful. They then choose suitable ideas to use in their designs. They are taught the skills and techniques necessary to work safely with the tools. The children are encouraged to plan their models by drawing designs or making simple prototypes. Throughout the process they are encouraged to evaluate their work and suggest changes or improvements they can make.