At Westwood and Grove Primary schools we value Art and Design and the opportunities that it provides for our children to be creative and to express themselves. This is a key part of the children’s entitlement to a broad and balanced curriculum. We have carefully designed and structured our art curriculum to ensure children develop the knowledge and skills needed to be successful artists.
Children will be given a range of experiences including; drawing, painting, printmaking, collage, textiles and 3D. The art curriculum has been structured to support children to be able to think critically and develop a more rigorous understanding of art and design. As children progress through the school, the art curriculum allows them to build upon prior knowledge and skills, giving them opportunities to apply them to a new context. In order to prepare them for their future art teaching will also support the children to develop key learning behaviours: resilience, risk taking, resourcefulness, relationships and reflection.
Through hands on experiences we aim to create a love of art in which children as artists are inspired by famous artists, have opportunities to develop techniques using a range of mediums and can talk about their work. At Westwood and Grove Primary schools we aim for children to leave Year 6 with the knowledge, skills and a love of art which will enable them to creative individuals as they grow.
The National Curriculum for Design and Technology aims to ensure that all pupils:
At Grove Primary School the Design and Technology curriculum is delivered through both the Topic curriculum and discretely. Projects are linked to topics where possible.
Each year lessons cover both the ‘Cooking and Nutrition’ and ‘Processes’ aspects of the curriculum and pupils are taught to design, make and evaluate their products and increase in technical knowledge. For each project pupils are taught to consider the five Design and Technology principles:
Children in the Early Years are assessed using EExAT monthly milestones for Expressive Art and Design. During the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) pupils explore and use a variety of media and materials through a combination of child initiated and adult directed activities. They have opportunities to learn to:
At Westwood and Grove, Design Technology is a fundamental part of teaching and learning and is taught from EYFS to Year 6.
Children in the Early Years are encouraged to explore and use a range of media and materials whilst also developing their creativity, imagination and critical thinking. This the foundation on which learning is developed throughout the school.
We use a combination of schemes of work to support our planning and teaching of Design Technology in years 1-6. The DT Associations Projects on a Page and Plan Bee alongside the National Curriculum ensures a well-structured progression of DT knowledge and skills throughout the school.
Design Technology is taught on a half termly basis which alternates with Art. In addition to Design Technology lessons, children are also given the opportunity to develop and apply their Design Technology knowledge and skills during Woodland sessions.
Our vision is for children to have a love of Design Technology and develop their creative, design and making skills. Pupil voice is an important part of our assessment allowing us to continually reflect upon our Design Technology curriculum and our offer of extra-curricular activities.
Formative assessment is used to move children’s learning forward in Design Technology and to inform next steps. Summative assessments take place on a termly basis and attainment is tracked against National Curriculum expectations. This allows us to inform and address any trends or gaps in attainment.
Design Technology at Home
Design Technology can be found all around you. Look at food, mechanisms, structures and textiles.
Activities at home…