Art and Design Subject Statement
At North Walsall Primary Academy, we feel it is important to develop creativity, set challenges, engage and inspire children. Giving them the knowledge and skills to experiment, explore and create their own works of art, craft and design. We believe that art gives our pupils the skills, concepts and knowledge necessary for them to express responses to ideas and experiences. It is an important part of the children’s entitlement to a broad and balanced curriculum.
In Early Years, Art and Design comes under the curriculum area of ‘Expressive arts and design,’ providing links with Music and Technology. As the children move through the school, we aim for them to experience an engaging, coherently planned Art and Design Curriculum including; exploration, response and use of the different textures, movement and feel of a multitude of media and materials; development of skills in a wide range of art and design techniques as well as developing an understanding of art throughout history and how it has changed the world around us.
At North Walsall, we use the ‘Cornerstones’ programme to support the delivery of our teaching and learning. In Key Stage 1 we begin to look in more detail at using a range of materials creatively to design and make products; using drawing, painting and sculpting to develop ideas, experiences and imagination; learning about the work of different artists, craft makers and designers, in order to make links between their own work and the work of different artists.
In Key Stage 2 we begin to study, mastery of the techniques learnt in Key Stage 1, creating sketchbooks to record their observations and use them to review and revisit ideas. They will also learn about great artists, architects and designers in history
Our engaging, coherently planned art and design curriculum aims to ensure children leave our school with the appropriate subject knowledge, skills and understanding. As well as become critical thinkers with 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.
Design and Technology Subject Statement
At North Walsall Primary Academy, our aim in Design and Technology is to provide all children with a broad and balanced curriculum which prepares them for life beyond primary education. We encourage children to use their creativity and imagination, to design and make products that solve real and relevant problems within a variety of contexts, considering their own and others’ needs, wants and values. Skills are taught progressively to ensure that all children are able to learn and practice in order to develop as they move through the school. Evaluation is an integral part of the design process and allows children to adapt and improve their product, this is a key skill which they need throughout their life. D&T allows children to apply the knowledge and skills learned in other subjects, particularly Maths, Engineering, Computing, Science and Art.
In Early Years, Design and Technology comes under the curriculum area of ‘Expressive arts and design,’ providing links with Music and Art. As the children move through the school, we aim for them to experience an engaging, coherently planned Design and Technology Curriculum building on prior knowledge, skills and understanding.
At North Walsall, we use the ‘Cornerstones’ programme as a foundation for their wider curriculum learning, alongside the National Curriculum. Enabling children’s interests to be captured through thematic learning, ensuring that links are made in a cross-curricular way, whilst allowing children to gain the appropriate subject knowledge, skills and understanding to explore and investigate, create and evaluate designs.
Throughout Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2, children will be given Design and Technology projects with a clear structure following the design process of: research, design, make and evaluate. They will learn a range of skills to ensure that they are aware of health and safety issues related to the tasks they undertake. Clear and appropriate cross curricular links to underpin learning in multi areas across the curriculum will give the children opportunities to learn life skills and apply them to ‘hands on’ situations in a purposeful context.
Our engaging, coherently planned Design and Technology curriculum aims to ensure children will have clear enjoyment and confidence in Design and Technology that they will apply to other areas of the curriculum. Subsequently, enabling them leave our school as designers who have developed skills and attributes they can use beyond school and into adulthood.