At Walton-on-Trent Primary school Art and Dt is fully inclusive to every child following the National Curriculum, being broad and balanced. This instils an appreciation and enjoyment of the visual arts. This will stimulate the imagination and creativity, by allowing children to have a range of experiences. Art and design will promote careful observation and the ability to explore the work of other artists and designers. The curriculum is progressive and will encourage the children to take risks, experiment, innovate, and develop a critical understanding.
The Art, Design and DT curriculum at Walton-on-Trent Primary School is based upon the Primary National Curriculum in England, which provides a broad framework and outlines the knowledge and skills and taught in each Key Stage. Teachers plan lessons for their class using our progression of knowledge and skills document alongside the topic guidance on Curriculum Maestro. Teachers can use this document to plan their art and design lessons suitable to their class’s interests, topic and what they want to learn. The progression document ensures the curriculum is covered and the skills/knowledge taught is progressive from year group to year group. The teachers use creative and cross-curricular approaches as well as teaching the subjects independently. As we have mixed classes, we provide suitable learning.
We give children the opportunity to work by themselves and in collaboration with others, on projects in two and three dimensions, and at different scales. We ensure that children are given the opportunities to investigate, explore and develop ideas as well as evaluate, revisit and improve their work. Children also have the opportunity to use a wide range of materials and resources, including computer technology.
Within Design and Technology, we strive to prepare children to take part in the development of tomorrow’s rapidly changing world. We aim to encourage children to become creative problem-solvers, both as individuals and as part of a team. Through the study of design and technology, children combine practical skills with an understanding of aesthetic, social and environmental issues, as well as of functions and industrial practices. This allows them to reflect on and evaluate present and past design and technology, its uses, and its impact. Our Design and Technology curriculum is high quality and is planned to demonstrate progression. We focus on progression of knowledge and skills and discreet vocabulary progression also form part of the units of work.