At St Richard Reynolds Art forms an important part of the curriculum. We believe Art education stimulates creativity and imagination whilst giving the child unique opportunities to develop intellectually, emotionally, physically and socially. Therefore, we believe that it should be taught as an individual subject as well as incorporated into other curriculum lessons. Pupils will learn to use a range of different materials creatively to design and make products. They will draw, paint, print and sculpture materials such as clay to develop techniques in using colour, pattern, texture, line, shape, form and space. They will also learn about the work of a range of artists, craft makers and designers. They will record their observations and ideas and use them to review and evaluate improvements.
During the year we enjoy a focused Arts Week. A theme is chosen as a focal point for Art, Dance, Music and Drama. We celebrate the pupils’ achievements in an Arts Week Celebration evening with classrooms transformed into Art galleries as well as music and dance performances.
Design and Technology
Our aim is to prepare pupils to take part in the development of tomorrow's rapidly changing world. Creative thinking encourages pupils to make positive changes to their quality of life. The subject encourages pupils to become independent and creative problem-solvers.
The 2014 National Curriculum for DT is in two strands – designing and making, and cooking and nutrition.
The national curriculum for Design and Technology aims to ensure that all pupils:
- develop the creative, technical and practical expertise needed to perform everyday tasks confidently and to participate successfully in an increasingly technological world
- 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
- critique, evaluate and test their ideas and products and the work of others
- understand and apply the principles of nutrition and learn how to cook.
One main change in the 2014 Design and Technology curriculum, across all key stages, is the emphasis on cooking and nutrition. As part of their work with food, pupils will be taught how to cook and apply the principles of nutrition and healthy eating.