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Design and Technology​

Design Technology prepares children to deal with tomorrow’s rapidly changing world. It encourages children to become independent, creative problem-solvers and thinkers as individuals and as part of a team - making positive changes to their quality of life. It enables them to identify needs and opportunities and to respond to them by developing a range of ideas and by making products and systems. Through the study of Design and technology, they combine practical skills with an understanding of aesthetic, social and environmental issues, as well as functions and industrial practices. This allows them to reflect on and evaluate present and past design and technology, its uses and its impacts. Design and Technology helps all children to become astute and informed future consumers and potential innovators.

 

Intent

Our intent is that pupils 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. By doing so, pupils will acquire a broad range of subject knowledge and draw on disciplines such as mathematics, science, engineering, computing and art.

 

 

Implementation

Design Technology is taught throughout school and is heavily embedded into the Early Years framework. Children are delivered a vocabulary rich Design Technology curriculum, which is essential to successful acquisition of knowledge, skills and understanding in the subject. Children are given the opportunity to work collaboratively as well as individually to design, create, test and evaluate their models. Food technology is taught through ‘Grow it’ sessions across the school, in which children are taught the skills of both gardening and cooking. We plan termly visits, visitors and involvement in the community activity to provide first-hand experiences for the children to support and develop their learning.

 

Impact

Through high quality teaching and opportunities to make links to the wider world children will learn how to take risks, becoming resourceful, innovative, enterprising and capable citizens. The evaluation of past and present design and technology will enable children to develop a critical understanding of its impact on daily life and the wider world. As designers children will develop transferable skills and attributes that can be used beyond school and into adulthood and future careers.

 

 

 

Art​

 “Art is a foundation subject of the National Curriculum and an important part of developing our children’s ability to develop their individual creativity, express their ideas and understanding and to work both individually and collaboratively with others. Each year group plans art lessons, which aim to ensure that children are able to develop key skills using specific media. The importance of Art is evident through our yearly Art Day, in which we plan and deliver skills focusing on a particular skills or aspect of Art, throughout the school. Our aim is to ensure that children are confident approaching artwork, feel a strong sense of achievement, value the impact of art within our own lives and are able to reach their full potential.”

 

Intent

At Grove Lea we believe that art is a vital part of children’s education and has a significant and valuable role in the taught curriculum, as well as the enrichment opportunities we offer our pupils. The art curriculum will develop children’s critical abilities and understanding of their own and others’ cultural heritages through studying a diverse range of male and female artists.
Children will develop their understanding of the visual language of art with effective teaching and considered sequences of lessons and experiences. Understanding of the visual elements of art and design (line, tone, texture, colour, pattern, shape, 3D form) will be developed by providing a curriculum which will enable children to reach their full potential.

 

Implementation

The skills and knowledge that children will develop throughout each art topic are mapped across each year group and throughout the school to ensure progression. The emphasis on knowledge ensures that children understand the context of the artwork, as well as the artists that they are learning about and being inspired by. This enables links to other curriculum areas, including humanities, with children developing a considerable knowledge of individual artists as well as individual works and art movements. A similar focus on skills means that children are given opportunities to express their creative imagination, as well as practise and develop mastery in the key processes of art: drawing, painting, printing, textiles and sculpture. The school’s high quality art curriculum is supported through the availability of a wide range of quality resources, which are used to support children’s confidence in the use of different media.

 

Impact

End of year assessments are completed using Target Tracker by class teachers which in line with the expectations outlined in the national curriculum. Classroom displays reflect the children’s sense of pride in their artwork and this is also demonstrated by creative outcomes across the wider curriculum. The school environment also celebrates children’s achievements in art and demonstrates the subject’s high status in the school, with outcomes, including sculptures, enhancing the outdoor as well as indoor environment.
 

 

 

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