Art and Design Technology
Art: Purpose of Study
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.
What Does Art Look Like in our School?
First, we follow the National Curriculum for all our subjects, including Art. The aims of the National Curriculum ensure that pupils develop key skills, which are set out below, and these are incorporated into our long term plans:
- 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
Design Technology: Purpose of Study
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.
We follow the National Curriculum for the teaching of Design Technology, which sets out the following skills for pupils to be able to achieve:
- to develop the creative, technical and practical expertise needed to perform everyday tasks confidently and to participate successfully in an increasingly technological world
- to 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
- to critique, evaluate and test their ideas and products and the work of others
- to understand and apply the principles of nutrition and learn how to cook.
There are 5 areas of skills for our children to develop: design, make, evaluate, technical knowledge, cooking and nutrition.
See document above for coverage of Design Technology skills by year group.
What our children tell us about Art and Design Technology:
"I like designing things."
"I like using my imagination."
"I like learning different techniques to do things."
What I’d like to learn next:
"I'd like to create a piece of art that’s to do with climate change that uses recycled materials."
Our Art in the Community
In July 2021, we were able to work with the local council to have picture frames installed in the underpass at the top pf the high street in Markyate Village. In total, there are 18 frames in the underpass and so far there have been two celebrations of the children's artwork; the first was a set of art produced by the children that showed their views on climate change. In October 2021, the art was replaced with artwork that celebrated harvest and the autumn season, as shown below. New art pieces will be installed in June / July 2022.
Artist in Residence