Art and Design
Creativity is woven throughout the entire curriculum, and children have opportunities to create, discuss and reflect on art and design in their topic work.
Children begin by having practical opportunities on a daily basis in Foundation Stage. They practise the skills needed to combine materials, to experiment with different media, and to use art as a form of expression. These skills are then built upon and refined across subsequent year groups.
Children have opportunities to work both individually and collaboratively. They are taught to appreciate different forms of Art and Design by studying various artists and designers, and make use of their theoretical knowledge to influence their own work.
Children’s work is celebrated as a whole school – children are encouraged to feel proud of both their own work and each others, as work is displayed prominently around the school building for both children, staff and visitors to see.
Our Art Co-ordinator is Mrs Corcoran.
Design and Technology
Design and technology gives children the opportunity to think creatively and become confident problem solvers. Our children will be taught that the design process is just as important as the product itself and they will be encouraged to evaluate and improve upon their design. They will work alone and with others on design projects.
Within the Foundation Stage, children are encouraged to develop their cutting, joining and model making skills. They have access to different tools, materials and construction kits to help them learn and practise new skills. Our children enjoy cooking and we value the importance of them learning simple cooking skills and techniques, as well as the importance of eating healthily.
In Key Stage One children will experience different aspects of Design and Technology including textiles, food preparation, construction kits and model making. In addition to developing their practical skills, children are also expected to design and evaluate their own work. Children are encouraged to use design and technology skills in other areas of the curriculum; for example using their writing skills as part of the planning and design process or applying their maths skills when measuring materials.
Children are immersed in a wide range of daily music, including within their classes and in larger, collective music opportunities in daily assemblies and weekly singing assemblies.
With many cross curricular opportunities, music is weaved into the curriculum including in computing, geography, child-led play and British values.
From Foundation to Year 2, children are encouraged to learn through song, using instruments and their own bodies. Additionally, children are given opportunities to discover, experiment and explore sounds to create independent compositions.
Giving the children opportunities to perform their work, in class and to families and other children in the school, helps them to take pride in their creations.