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Art and DT

Art & Design Intent

At St Gregory’s, we value art and design as an important part of the children’s entitlement to a broad and balanced curriculum. Our art and design curriculum engages, inspires and challenges pupils, equipping them with the knowledge and skills to experiment, invent and create their own works of art. We see art and design as a means to support learning in a range of ways. The skills that are developed in these subjects can be transferred across the curriculum and thus aid learning.

Our aim is to provide a curriculum that will allow the children to be:

  • Creative, reflective artists with a positive attitude to their own work.
  • Confident in applying a range of practical skills in the areas of drawing, sculpture and painting.
  • Experienced in a range of art styles and the work of local, British and global artists throughout history.

Implementation

As a school within Bishop Hogarth Catholic Education Trust, we teach Art and Design from a curriculum progression designed by a transition team of our primary school staff working with subject specialists from our secondary schools. This means our curriculum has been designed to ensure clear progression, in the acquisition of knowledge and for key skills, building on pupil’s prior learning. We teach our Art on a half-termly schedule, linking to our work in Science, History or Geography to give children the opportunity to make meaningful links and expand their understanding.

We model techniques and skills across all key stages; explicitly teaching vocabulary, analysis and evaluation which the children apply to their work in art and across the wider curriculum. The children have their own sketchbook and a class portfolio, which they continue to add to as they move through the school. A key part of our art teaching introduces children to a range of artists and styles; utilising virtual tours of museums and galleries as well as making use of local resources. We set homework projects throughout the school year and encourage children to continue to develop their creative skills and confidence outside of the classroom.

Design Technology Intent

At St Gregory’s, we want children to be inspired by engineers, designers, chefs and architects across the world. Design technology provides opportunities for creative expression and problem-solving which are an important part in the personal development of an individual. Design Technology reflects our culture and society and so the teaching and learning of DT enables children to better understand the rapidly changing world they live in.

Our aim is to provide a curriculum that will allow the children to be:

  • Creative, technical designers with a positive attitude to their own work.
  • Able to develop skills in order to critic and evaluate their own ideas or products.
  • Confident in applying a range of practical skills in the areas of textiles, construction and food.
  • Experienced in a range of design areas and explore the work of local, British and global designers throughout history.

Implementation

Design Technology lessons are well resourced and based on clearly mapped out progression across all year groups. A bespoke programme of study has been designed by the subject leader in order to reflect our unique location and the interests of our children. We model techniques and skills across all key stages; explicitly teaching vocabulary, analysis and evaluation which the children apply in DT and the wider curriculum. The children have their own sketchbook and a class portfolio, which they continue to add to as they move through the school. A key part of our DT teaching introduces children to a range of designers, utilising virtual tours of museums and galleries as well as making use of local resources. We set homework projects throughout the school year and encourage children to continue to develop their skills and knowledge outside of the classroom.