Art & DT
Approaches to Learning: Art and Design
Art, craft and design at The Hayes is of a high-quality and this creative part of our curriculum engages, inspires and challenges our pupils, equipping them with the knowledge and skills to experiment, invent and create their own works of art, craft and design. As our pupils progress, they think critically and develop a more rigorous understanding of art and design. They also develop a knowledge of how art and design both reflect and shape our history, and contribute to the culture, creativity and wealth of our nation. The quality of artwork and the talents of our pupils can be seen as you walk around our school. Artwork adorns the school walls and through displays, and we are very proud of the creative abilities of our amazing children.
In EYFS and KS1 (KS1: through the IPC) our children are taught to: use a range of materials creatively to design and make products, to use drawing, painting and sculpture to develop and share their ideas, experiences and imagination, to develop a wide range of art and design techniques in using colour, pattern, texture, line, shape, form and space, to learn about the work of a range of artists, craft makers and designers, describing the differences and similarities between their different practices and disciplines, and making links to their own work.
At KS2 (through the IPC) our children are taught to: develop their techniques, including their control and their use of materials, with creativity, experimentation and an increasing awareness of different kinds of art, craft and design create sketch books to record their observations and use them to review and revisit idea improve their mastery of art and design techniques, including drawing, painting and sculpture with a range of materials [for example, pencil, charcoal, paint, clay, understand great artists, architects and designers in history.
Approaches to Learning: Design Technology
Design Technology requires pupils to apply knowledge and skills to solve practical problems. It involves identifying needs, generating design ideas, planning, making and appraising. It spans the curriculum and supports work in other subjects. Through well planned tasks, which allow the children to achieve the targets within familiar contexts, pupils learn how to take risks and become resourceful, innovative, enterprising and capable citizens. These are essential skills for our pupils to develop as they prepare to take their place as adults in society. This is taught throughout the IPC in KS1 and KS2.
The National Curriculum for design and technology aims 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.