Art and D&T

Art and Design Curriculum Intent

At Shoreditch Park Primary, we offer a creative curriculum which embraces the arts and broadens children’s horizons. Through art and design, we inspire and challenge all children to think innovatively and develop creative understanding. Children are encouraged to express their individual interests, thoughts and ideas alongside building resilience, confidence and critical-thinking skills. We equip our children with the knowledge and skills needed to experiment, invent and create their own works of cross-curricular art.

Art and Design Curriculum Implementation

The art and design curriculum is taught through the progression of art and design techniques using a range of media and materials. Children experience 3 alternate half-terms of art each year, this allows them to build upon knowledge and skills, whilst develop recall skills which will ensure that learning is embedded in their long term memory.

Children learn the skills of textiles, sketching and painting, collage, digital media and printing. The foundation of each unit is creative ideas for our art work linked to other curriculum areas such as science, history or geography. In each unit, children are given opportunities to explore and evaluate ideas. The study of great artists is developed over time and children gain knowledge and appreciation for a wide range of British and global artists.

The art and design curriculum provides contextual opportunities for the development of SMSC learning objectives. In addition, the subject actively promotes the fundamental British values through knowledge that art and design both reflect and shape our history, and contribute to the culture, creativity and wealth of our nation. We nurture creativity, imagination and a mindset within pupils which has benefits across the school curriculum. Children apply PSHE learning objectives whilst reflecting and evaluating their work and works of others. They are encouraged to take risks, experiment and incorporate Oracy skills to reflect on why some ideas and techniques are successful or not. Children at Shoreditch Park Primary School experience making and learning from ‘mistakes’ which fosters a growth mindset.

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Design and Technology Curriculum Intent

At Shoreditch Park Primary,  ‘Knowledge and Understanding of the World’ is the foundation of the design and technology curriculum. We nurture creativity, imagination and a mindset within pupils which has benefits across the school curriculum. Children apply PSHE learning objectives whilst reflecting and evaluating their work and works of others. They are encouraged to take risks, experiment and incorporate Oracy skills to reflect on why some ideas and techniques are successful or not. Our children experience making and learning from ‘mistakes’ which fosters a growth mindset.They develop crucial knowledge, skills and understanding, which helps them make sense of the world through activities based on first hand experiences:

  • exploration,
  • observation,
  • problem solving,
  • prediction,
  • critical thinking,
  • decision making;
  • and discussion.

Through design and technology, we inspire and challenge all children to develop creative understanding, think crictcally and think innovatively whilst designing and making functional products. Children design and make for a particular user and purpose.

Design and Technology Curriculum Implementation

The design and technology curriculum is taught through the progression of techniques using a range of media and materials. Children experience 3 alternate half-terms of design and technology projects each year, this allows them to build upon knowledge and skills, whilst develop recall skills which ensures that learning is embedded in their long term memory.                                                                              

Functional skills underpin the design and technology curriculum. Core elements of English, mathematics, science and ICT are developed through the design process as children are encouraged to think about important issues such as sustainability and enterprise. Children apply these skills in clay, free-standing structures, food, electrical systems and mechanisms design projects. The outcome of each project is a creative design linked to other curriculum areas such as science, history or geography.

The design and technology curriculum provides contextual opportunities for the development of SMSC learning objectives. In addition, the subject actively promotes the fundamental British values through knowledge that design and technology reflects and shapes our history, and contributes to the culture, creativity and wealth of our nation. All of which is embedded through the study of great artists: over time, children gain knowledge and appreciation for a wide range of British and global artists.

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