Art and Design
Art and design is fundamental to cultural engagement and personal development. The subject fosters creativity, imagination and develops confidence skills that are transferable to other subjects; promotes diversity and respect, shows that making mistakes can be liberating and opens up new opportunities. This in turn, encourages our children to look at details, evaluate and form interesting creative journeys.
At our school, we would like children to create, enjoy and value different forms of art. We teach art in a holistic and cross-curricular way through our ‘Knowledge Rich Learning Projects’. Each half-term, we take part in immersive art weeks, focusing on one of the following areas of art: drawing, painting, printing, 3D/Sculpture, textiles and collage. Our curriculum allows children to explore a range of skills, artists, styles and mediums. We use working artists for projects in school and are regularly involved in community art projects. Our aim is for children to understand that art is made by all sorts of people, in a variety of ways. The natural environment is one of our biggest stimuli at our school. The children are encouraged to use and explore our amazing grounds to observe, explore and inspire their art. We use journals and sketchbooks from year 1-6 to record our art journey within each topic and art folders for EYFS.
We are proud that we have been recognised by Artsmark and awarded our first Artsmark Silver Award. We will be aiming for our Gold in the near future.
‘SMCPS have clearly demonstrated that you are promoting arts and culture values; that children and young people can develop their skills over a longer period; that a senior leader drives and develops provision across all phases, and that art is showcased and displayed effectively and clearly evidences the whole setting’s planning for arts and culture.’
Design and Technology
Design and technology gives children the skills to engage positively with the world around them by designing, making and harnessing the benefits of technology. They learn how products are designed and manufactured, how to be innovative and how to creatively use of a variety of resources, to help improve the world around them.
At our school, we encourage children to use their creativity and imagination to design and make products that solve real life problems within a variety of contexts. We teach design and technology in a cross-curricular way through our engaging ‘Knowledge Rich Learning Projects’. We aim to, wherever possible, link work to other disciplines such as mathematics, science, engineering, computing, outdoor learning and art. Children are taught the knowledge and skills required to investigate, explore, design, make and evaluate products. Their finished products are linked to the class topics and are proudly shared with other classes, parents and family members.