Art contributes to the school curriculum at St Martin & St Mary’s by integrating seeing, feeling, thinking and making in a powerful form of learning. Art educates visual and tactile senses and imagination.
It involves working with different materials, processes and technologies for a range of purposes and develops practical, investigative, creative, and intellectual skills. It promotes the ability to pose and solve complex problems and a willingness to take risks.
Pupils acquire knowledge and understanding of the significant contribution of artists, makers and designers from the past and in the contemporary world. Learning depends upon developing enquiry skills, which enable them to engage confidently with all forms of visual arts. Because of these skills pupils can take an active interest in the natural and built environment and in the visual arts. They are able to evaluate the impact and meaning of works of art, craft and design and appreciate their role and value in public, cultural and working life.
We believe Art and Design Education is entitlement for all pupils and plays an important part in each child's development. Our aims in teaching Art and Design are to offer opportunities to:
The National Curriculum for Art and Design will be developed through the St Martin & St Mary’s cross curricular approach to the curriculum. This provides pupils the opportunity for relevant and engaging art activities to take place throughout the school.
There is a statutory requirement to teach the programme of study at Key Stages 1 and 2. By the end of each key stage, pupils are expected to know, apply and understand the matters, skills and processes specified in the relevant programme of study.
Key Stage 1
Pupils should be taught creativity in art, craft and design by:
Key Stage 2
Pupils should be taught to develop their techniques, including their control and their use of materials, with experimentation and an increasing awareness of different kinds of art, craft and design.
Pupils should be taught:
Design & Technology
St Martin & St Mary’s school follows the National Curriculum for Design and Technology. It is an inspiring, rigorous and practical subject, which encourages the children’s creativity and imagination. Using both cross-curricular links and stand-alone activities, the children design and make products that solve real and relevant problems in a range of contexts. These opportunities help the children to consider their own and others’ needs, wants and values.
In Design and Technology tasks, the children acquire specific technical knowledge and also draw on knowledge and skills from mathematics, science, computing and art. The children are encouraged to evaluate past and present design and technology of their own and others making, so they develop a critical understanding of its impact on daily life and the wider world.
Through this kind of learning our children will be well-placed to make good contributions to the creativity, culture and well-being of the world and industry in the years ahead.
There are four key aims - to ensure that all pupils: