Art, Design & Technology
Our approach to teaching art, design & technology
The study of art, design and technology is part of the curriculum for KS1 and KS2 pupils. We use a very comprehensive and excellent scheme called Kapow Primary (used in over 2,200 school nationally). The scheme of work enables pupils to meet the end of Key Stage Attainment targets outlined in the National Curriculum.
In art & design we cover the following skills using the Kapow teaching framework and associated resources:
- Making: painting, drawing, printing, creating 2 & 3D art and crafting
- Generating ideas and taking inspiration from a range of artists and crafts people
- Formal elements: colour, form, line, pattern, shape, texture and tone
- Knowledge of artists' work and techniques
- Evaluating: critiquing their own work and that of others
In design & technology we cover the following skills using the Kapow teaching framework and associated resources:
- Cooking and nutrition: Where food comes from, balanced diet, preparation and cooking skills
- Mechanical systems: Mimic natural movements using mechanisms such as cams, followers, levers and sliders
- Textiles: Fastening, sewing and decorative fabric techniques including cross stitch, blanket stitch and appliqué
- Electrical systems: Functional series circuits, individual circuit components, circuit diagrams and electrical products
- Structures: Material functional and aesthetic properties, strength and stability, stiffen and reinforce structures
- Digital world: Program products to monitor and control, develop designs with 2D and 3D CAD software
Our core aim for all pupils
Art & Design
We aim to inspire pupils and develop their confidence to experiment and invent their own works of art. In lessons, pupils are given opportunities to develop their ability, nurture their talent and interests, express their ideas and thoughts about the world, as well as learn about the rich heritage and culture of the British Isles and beyond. We develop pupils knowledge and understanding of key artists and art movements and link to artists through practical work. Pupils learn how to make their own creative choices and decisions, so that their art outcomes, whilst still being knowledge-rich, are unique to the pupil and personal. Lessons are always practical in nature and encourage experimental and exploratory learning.
Design & Technology
We aim to inspire pupils to be innovative and creative thinkers who have an appreciation for the product design cycle through ideation, creation, and evaluation. We want pupils to develop the confidence to take risks, through drafting design concepts, modelling and testing and to be reflective learners who evaluate their work and the work of others. We underpin each stage of the design process with technical knowledge and vocabulary. In cooking and nutrition we focus on specific principles, skills and techniques in food, including where food comes from, diet and seasonality.