Art and Design

The aim of Art at Bradley Green is to engage, inspire and challenge pupils in order to equip them with the knowledge and skills to experiment, invent and create their own works of art, craft and design. Pupils should be able to think critically and develop a rigorous understanding of art and design. They should also know how art and design reflects our history and culture and to be able to make links to other areas of the curriculum.

Planning

Our school uses the National Curriculum in England 2014 Framework for Art & Design as the basis for its curriculum planning. We develop our Medium Term Plans drawing on artistic themes in the termly topic. While there are opportunities for children of all abilities to develop their skills and knowledge in each teaching unit, the planned progression built into the art curriculum means that the children are increasingly challenged as they move through the school. Links are made to termly themes and other curriculum subjects where appropriate and these are identified on the termly theme Curriculum Maps and individual Medium Term Plans.

EYFS

In Nursery and Reception classes, art is an integral part of the topic work covered during the year. We follow the objectives set out in the Early Years Foundation Stage Framework, which underpin the curriculum planning for children aged three to five. Expressive arts and design contributes to a child’s personal and social development, and allows the child to express themselves in creative ways and develop their understanding further of other subjects.

KS1 and KS2

Learning objectives

Learning objectives need to be clear on teachers planning and should be shared with the children. At the start of each topic, a cover sheet needs to be stuck in sketchbooks outlining the skills and knowledge to be covered in the topic.

In Art lessons

Below are the expected elements to be seen within Art teaching across the school:

All children should have the opportunity to engage with work of a variety of artists, world famous and local to Bradley Green.

Children should be provided with opportunities to learn techniques of different media and be given regular opportunities to develop these skills.

Design Technology

The aim of Design and Technology at Bradley Green is for pupils to use their creativity and imagination to design and make products that solve real life problems within a variety of contexts. They acquire a broad range of subject knowledge and use mathematics, science, computing and art skills.

 

EYFS

In Nursery and Reception classes design and technology is an integral part of the topic work covered during the year. We follow the objectives set out in the Early Years Foundation Stage Framework, which underpin the curriculum planning for children aged three to five. Expressive arts and design contributes to a child’s personal and social development, and allows the child to express themselves in creative ways and develop their understanding further of other subjects.

KS1 and KS2

Our school uses the National Curriculum in England 2014 Framework for Design and Technology as the basis for its curriculum planning. We develop our Medium Term Plans drawing on design themes in the termly topic. While there are opportunities for children of all abilities to develop their skills and knowledge in each teaching unit, the planned progression built into the curriculum means that the children are increasingly challenged as they move through the school. Links are made to termly themes and other curriculum subjects where appropriate and these are identified on the termly theme Curriculum Maps and individual Medium Term Plans.

Children undertake a Design & Technology project at least three times a year, but not necessarily as a weekly lesson. Sometimes a whole day or two days are devoted to Design & Technology as part of a cross-curricula topic. The school uses a variety of teaching and learning styles in Design & Technology lessons. The principal aim is to develop children’s knowledge, skills and understanding in this area. Teachers ensure that the children apply their knowledge and understanding when developing ideas, planning and making products and then evaluating them. We do this through a mixture of whole-class teaching and individual/group activities. Within lessons, we give children the opportunity both to work on their own and to collaborate with others, listening to other children’s ideas and treating these with respect. Children critically evaluate existing products, their own work and that of others. They have the opportunity to use a wide range of materials and resources, including ICT. The learning opportunities can be divided into three main areas.