Art and Design within School

We believe that art, craft and design embody some of the highest forms of human creativity. A high-quality art and design education should engage, inspire and challenge pupils, equipping them with the knowledge and skills to experiment, invent and create their own works of art, craft and design. We encourage our children to think critically and develop a more rigorous understanding of art and design. They should also know how art and design both reflect and shape our history, and contribute to the culture, creativity and wealth of our nation.

Extra Opportunities

We use cross curricular teaching to improve art and design experiences across the school. 

Planning and Coverage

Pupils in each key stage cover the aims and subject content as set out in the National Curriculum. We plan using the Key Skills document for Art and Design focusing on the five key skills of:

Generate ideas: Explore, investigate and experiment from a range of stimuli and starting points, roles, techniques, approaches, materials and media.

Investigate, observe and record:  Create, design, devise, compose and choreograph individual and collective work.

Design, make and improve:  Improvise, rehearse and refine in order to improve their capability and the quality of their artworks.

Explain:  Present, display and perform for a range of audiences, to develop and communicate their ideas and evoke responses.

Evaluate:  Use arts-specific vocabulary to respond to, evaluate, explain, analyse, question and critique their own and other people’s artistic works.

Design & Technology within School

D.T. is celebrated across the school within whole school topics and events. As part of our cross-curricular approach to teaching and learning, opportunities for D.T. are explored. Pupils are encouraged to develop and plan ideas for making products, use tools and equipment to make products and to evaluate. Through their process of learning pupils begin to refine skills, techniques and knowledge.

Extra Opportunities

We believe that D.T enriches the lives of people so we wish to involve as many children as possible in D.T opportunities. These may include working alongside parents e.g. cooking, sewing, or making Christmas crafts at an after-school club. 

Planning and Coverage

Pupils in each key stage cover the aims and subject content as set out in the National Curriculum. We plan using the Key Skills document for D.T, focusing on the five key skills of:
Generate ideas: Observe and explore to generate ideas, define problems and pose questions in order to develop investigations and products.

Investigate, observe and record:  Engage safely in practical investigations and experiments and gather and record evidence by observation and measurement

Design, make and improve:  Apply practical skills to design, make and improve products safely, taking account of users and purposes.

Explain:  Communicate and model in order to explain and develop ideas, share findings and conclusions.

Evaluate:  To continually make systematic evaluations when designing and making, to bring about improvements in processes and outcomes.