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Art and Design

Art Curriculum

 

Intent, Implementation and Impact

Intent:

At Abbey we aim to provide a curriculum for art with the intent that our children will develop; a sense of creativity, self-expression and high attainment, from Early Years through to Key Stage 1. It allows for cumulative progression of art knowledge and skills, allowing children to build on prior learning to ensure that theoretical, practical and disciplinary understanding is achieved. Our curriculum exposes all children to art, giving them a chance to participate and experience a range of creative activities. Allowing children to experiment in a ‘safe’ environment where there is no ‘right way’ of achieving, develops growth mindset and enhances self-esteem. Through encouraging art discussions and evaluating their own and others’ work, children are encouraged to develop their visual language, ideas and feelings. Being able to experience a variety of materials, tools and techniques, enables children have the opportunity to record creatively the world around them.

 

“Art, craft and design embody some of the highest forms of human creativity.   A high quality art and design education should engage, inspire and challenge pupils, equipping them with the knowledge and skills to experiment invent and create their own works of art, craft and design. As pupils progress they should be able to think critically and develop a more rigorous understanding of art and design.  They should also know how art and design both reflect and shape our history, and contribute to the culture, creativity and wealth of our nation.”

National Curriculum 2014

 

Our intent allows children to develop an appreciation of art that will last a lifetime.

 

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.

 

Implementation:

Within Early Years there is continuous provision of art and design opportunities: these activities make important contributions to children’s development in the areas of Expressive Arts and Design and Communication and Language. They are also important in children’s Personal, Social and Emotional development. Skills in the Foundation Stage are planned through the objectives within the EYFS curriculum. Pupils explore and use a variety of media and materials through a combination of child initiated and adult directed activities. They have opportunities to learn to:

  • Explore the textures, movement, feel and look of different media and materials
  • Respond to a range of media and materials, develop their understanding of them in order to manipulate and create different effects.
  • Use different media and materials to express their own ideas
  • Explore colour and use for a particular purpose
  • Develop skills to use simple tools and techniques competently and appropriately
  • Select appropriate media and techniques and adapt their work where necessary

Key Stage 1 teachers use the National Curriculum as a basis for planning, with a long term overview and bespoke medium terms plans to support. Pupils are taught art as part of their topic work, where cross curriculum links can be achieved, allowing pupils to develop substantive practical knowledge of: drawing, painting, sculpture and craft.

Teachers from the Foundation Stage to Year 2 will plan to ensure full coverage of theoretical, practical and disciplinary skills relating to the Art and Design curriculum for their year group. Teachers in each year group will meet on a weekly basis to plan lessons connected to each particular unit. Teachers make references to prior learning to enable pupils to build on existing understanding, supporting SEND pupils and challenging more abled.

 

Impact:

Children at Abbey demonstrate curiosity and enjoyment for art. They ask questions, experiment with media and they can make links between artists and their own work. The children not only develop skills within art lesson but begin to make links in other areas of the curriculum, such as history, geography and maths. The high quality of pupil’s work is represented in their art sketchbooks as experimentations and final pieces, photographs and displays around school. Utilising summative and formative assessment, engaging in pupil discussions and having photographs of the children’s learning, enables us to measure the impact of our curriculum.

EYFS art work

KS1 art work

Design Technology Curriculum

 

Intent, Implementation and Impact

Intent:

At Abbey design and technology should be fully inclusive to every child, from Early Years through to Key Stage 1. Our intent is to fulfil the requirements of the National Curriculum for design and technology, ensure there is a progressive development of knowledge and skills, to teach children how to take risks and develop their innovation. Design and Technology encourages children to think creatively and develop resourcefulness in order to solve ‘everyday’ problems both as individuals and as members of a team. They are taught to analyse existing products, design a range of ideas, make a range of products and given opportunities to reflect upon and evaluate their own work. Our curriculum enables children to develop designing and making skills and develop skills for using a range of tools and materials safely and effectively.

Design and technology is an inspiring, rigorous and practical subject. Using creativity and imagination, pupils design and make products that solve real and relevant problems within a variety of contexts, considering their own and others’ needs, wants and values. They acquire a broad range of subject knowledge and draw on disciplines such as mathematics, science, engineering, computing and art. Pupils learn how to take risks, becoming resourceful, innovative, enterprising and capable citizens. Through the evaluation of past and present design and technology, they develop a critical understanding of its impact on daily life and the wider world. High-quality design and technology education makes an essential contribution to the creativity, culture, wealth and well-being of the nation.

National Curriculum 2014

 

 

The national curriculum for art and design 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.

 

Implementation:

During the EYFS pupils explore and use a variety of media and materials through a combination of child initiated and adult directed activities. They have the opportunities to learn to:

  • Use different media and materials to express their own ideas
  • Use what they have learnt about media and materials in original ways, thinking about form, function and purpose
  • Make plans and construct with a purpose in mind using a variety of resources
  • Develop skills to use simple tools and techniques appropriately, effectively and safely
  • Select appropriate resources for a product and adapt their work where necessary
  • Cook and prepare food adhering to good health and hygiene routines

 

Key Stage 1 teachers use the National Curriculum as a basis for planning, with a long term overview, bespoke medium terms plans and our progression of knowledge and skills documents to support them. Pupils are taught design technology as part of their topic work, where cross curriculum links can be achieved such as: history, geography, maths and science. To ensure high standards of teaching and learning, we implement a curriculum that is progressive throughout the whole school and encourage design technology be taught in sequential lessons. At Abbey, we ensure that design and technology is given the same importance as the core subjects, as we feel this is important in enabling all children to gain ‘real-life’ experiences.

Teachers from the Foundation Stage to Year 2 will plan to ensure full coverage of skills relating to the Design Technology curriculum for their year group. Teachers in each year group will meet on a weekly basis to plan lessons connected to each particular unit. Teachers make references to prior learning to enable pupils to build on existing understanding, supporting SEND pupils and challenging more abled.

 

Impact:

Children at Abbey demonstrate an interest and enjoyment for design technology. They ask questions and have a love of the design and creating process. The high quality of pupil’s work is represented in children’s topic books, final products are both photographed and displayed around the school.

Utilising summative and formative assessment, engaging in pupil discussions about their learning and having photographs of the children’s practical learning, enables us to measure the impact of our curriculum.

Design Technology Long Term Plan

Design Technology Policy

Year 2 Great Fire of London bread making

Year 1 brick making

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