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Art

 

Subject Overview: Art and DT

 

Curriculum aims:

Art

The national curriculum for art and design aims to ensure that all pupils:

  • produce creative work, exploring their ideas and recording their experiences
  • become proficient in drawing, painting, sculpture and other art, craft and design techniques
  • evaluate and analyse creative works using the language of art, craft and design
  • know about great artists, craft makers and designers, and understand the historical and cultural development of their art forms.

 

Key Stage 1

Pupils should be 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
  • about the work of a range of artists, craft makers and designers, describing the differences and similarities between different practices and disciplines, and making links to their own work.

 

Key Stage 2

Pupils should be 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.

Pupils should be taught:

  • to create sketch books to record their observations and use them to review and revisit ideas
  • to improve their mastery of art and design techniques, including drawing, painting and sculpture with a range of materials [for example, pencil, charcoal, paint, clay]
  • about great artists, architects and designers in history.

 

Design and Technology (DT)

 

Aims

  • 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.

 

Key Stage 1

Through a variety of creative and practical activities, pupils should be taught the knowledge, understanding and skills needed to engage in an iterative process of designing and making. They should work in a range of relevant contexts (for example, the home and school, gardens and playgrounds, the local community, industry and the wider environment).

 

When designing and making, pupils should be taught to:

Design

  • design purposeful, functional, appealing products for themselves and other users based on design criteria
  • generate, develop, model and communicate their ideas through talking, drawing, templates, mock-ups and, where appropriate, information and communication technology

Make

  • select from and use a range of tools and equipment to perform practical tasks (for example, cutting, shaping, joining and finishing)
  • select from and use a wide range of materials and components, including construction materials, textiles and ingredients, according to their characteristics

Evaluate

  • explore and evaluate a range of existing products
  • evaluate their ideas and products against design criteria

Technical knowledge

  • build structures, exploring how they can be made stronger, stiffer and more stable
  • explore and use mechanisms (for example, levers, sliders, wheels and axles), in their products.

 

Key Stage 2

Through a variety of creative and practical activities, pupils should be taught the knowledge, understanding and skills needed to engage in an iterative process of designing and making. They should work in a range of relevant contexts (for example, the home, school, leisure, culture, enterprise, industry and the wider environment).

 

When designing and making, pupils should be taught to:

Design

  • use research and develop design criteria to inform the design of innovative, functional, appealing products that are fit for purpose, aimed at individuals or groups
  • generate, develop, model and communicate their ideas through discussion, annotated sketches, cross-sectional and exploded diagrams, prototypes, pattern pieces and computer-aided design

Make

  • select from and use a wider range of tools and equipment to perform practical tasks (for example, cutting, shaping, joining and finishing), accurately
  • select from and use a wider range of materials and components, including construction materials, textiles and ingredients, according to their functional properties and aesthetic qualities

Evaluate

  • investigate and analyse a range of existing products
  • evaluate their ideas and products against their own design criteria and consider the views of others to improve their work
  • understand how key events and individuals in design and technology have helped shape the world

Technical knowledge

  • apply their understanding of how to strengthen, stiffen and reinforce more complex structures
  • understand and use mechanical systems in their products (for example, gears, pulleys, cams, levers and linkages)
  • understand and use electrical systems in their products (for example, series circuits incorporating switches, bulbs, buzzers and motors)
  • apply their understanding of computing to program, monitor and control their products.

 

 

 

Our pedological approach to teaching this subject in the Robert Piggott CE Schools:

 

“Creativity is contagious. Pass it on” Albert Einstein

“Art is a line around your thoughts.” Gustav Klimt

“Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up.” Pablo Picasso

 

 

Robert Piggott Primary Schools understand that high quality Art and Design lessons will inspire children to develop individual creativity. These lessons should engage, challenge and broaden children’s knowledge and skills and enable them to experiment with their own ideas to develop creative understanding.

We believe that Art is a practical and personal exploration of ideas, which allows pupils to develop confidence in expressing their individual interests. Art in our school is about developing children’s ability to explore, reflect on ideas and experiment with their skills. Our Art curriculum is mapped alongside our engaging school topics, where children learn about a variety of artists and craftspeople, as well as developing a range of skills and techniques.

 

Art and design in our school:

  • is enjoyable and exciting
  • challenges our thinking
  • helps us to find out about human creativity
  • helps us to realise our individual creative skills and imagination
  • helps us to develop confidence in ourselves
  • inspires our futures
  • gives us knowledge of creativity that shapes cultures around the world
  • Is a working progress that continually develops
  • links to our other subjects
  • helps us to reflect on our own ideas

 

 

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