Art and Design is an essential part of our curriculum and all children are given the opportunity to think and act as artists, makers and designers, working creatively and critically. Art is an important form of cultural expression and therefore, we believe it has meaning for all of our children.
Our teaching provides children with the chance to work with both traditional and new media to develop skills across a wide range of tools, materials and systems including: painting, printmaking, photography, film, sculpture, bookbinding and textiles. These experiences enable our children to learn how to reflect critically on their own and others work, equipping them with the knowledge and skills to participate, experiment with, invent and create their own works of art, craft and design.
Across the school, children will investigate and evaluate the creative outcomes of Great Masters from past and present. To support a deep understanding of the many disciplines within art, craft and design, Artists are invited in to school to collaborate with our children by giving talks and workshops. We are in the process of working towards Artsmark targets by planning visits to local galleries and participate in national competitions such as the fantastic Arts & Minds. Not only is children’s work exhibited in our school gallery, but we will also support community projects by exhibiting as part of Art for Eyes held by the James Paget Hospital.
Our design and technology lessons encourage children to become creative problem-solvers, both as individuals and as part of a team. As contemporary innovators, children are involved in the designing and making of products to solve real and relevant problems within a variety of contexts. Pupils are given opportunities to investigate and explore their target audiences and develop design briefs, fit for their product.
Children are actively encouraged to think about important issues such as sustainability and enterprise when designing, making and modifying materials, textiles, ingredients, mechanisms and electrical components. By applying knowledge and skills from a wide range of other curriculum areas, our pupils learn to reflect on and evaluate present and past design and technology, its uses and its impacts. It is imperative that our children become discriminating and informed consumers by exploring the designed and made world in which we all live and work. Our teaching enables children to learn how to take risks, becoming resourceful, inventive and pioneering citizens.