Art & Design / D & T


Curriculum statement for Art and Design

The importance of Art and Design to the curriculum

 Art and Design stimulates pupils’ imagination and creativity. It provides visual, tactile and sensory experiences and a way of understanding and responding to the world. Through studying the work of other artists and crafts people, pupils learn about the role of art and design in their environment. They develop a critical awareness of the purpose of art and design in different times and cultures. The making of art pieces should be a place where children are free to express their own ideas and make individual choices.  They should develop skills across a range of mediums that enable them to record, communicate and express ideas in many different ways. Through discussion they learn how to evaluate their work and make aesthetic judgements. Appreciating the visual arts can enrich their personal and spiritual responses to their lives

 How children learn it best

Children are taught basic skills in order to give them the means to express their ideas and imagination freely. They need to look closely at, compare and discuss the work of other artists. Drawing from observation is a way of seeing and understanding the world around us and the work of other artists. They need to experience a wide variety of mediums for 2D and 3D work. They need to be encouraged to use colour, pattern, texture, line, tone, shape, form, space and different materials and processes to communicate what they see, feel and think. Working with ICT through photography and computer generated art programmes is another way to enrich their experiences.

 How we achieve this at Trent

Children at Trent continually respond imaginatively and intuitively to stories, poems and the world around them through the links we make with our literacy curriculum. They develop imaginative visual responses to Old and New Testament stories. The work of artists and crafts people from other cultures and periods in history linked to our topic work are discussed and used as inspiration for work. Where possible we visit museums, art galleries and places of worship to gain first hand experience of original art work. For example year 4 visited the V& A and studied different patterns. They then used their drawings for designing their own tiles through printmaking, painting and collage. Year 2 developed work on sculpture by working from original work at the V&A .We ensure that specific skills are taught and children are given plenty of time for experimentation and for making aesthetic judgements about their own work. Every child has a sketchbook to record ideas. Specific units are also taught from the QCA schemes of work. 

Curriculum Map for Design and Technology

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