Art & Design Technology
Design and Technology at Ark Blacklands provides children with the opportunity to use creativity, problem solving and critical thinking to design, create and evaluate products for a variety of purposes.
Children’s discovery of world of Design begins in the Early Years where they are provided with regular opportunities to safely use and explore a variety of materials, tools and techniques, experimenting with colour, design, texture, form and function. Children are encouraged to be imaginative and use what they have learnt about media and materials to represent their own ideas, thoughts and feelings in original ways through design and technology.
Throughout Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2, Design and Technology education helps develop children’s skills through collaborative working and problem-solving, and knowledge in design, materials, structures, mechanisms and electrical control. They are encouraged to be creative and innovative and are actively encouraged to think about important issues such as sustainability and enterprise.
There are three core activities children engage with in Design and Technology:
Activities which involve investigating and evaluating existing products;
Focused tasks in which children develop particular aspects of knowledge and skills;
Designing and making activities in which children design and make 'something' for 'somebody' for 'some purpose'
Teachers ensure these three activities are combined in sequence when planning a Design and Technology project. Design and Technology lessons are taught with a mixture of short, focussed tasks and a longer block of time to allow children to become immersed in the making and evaluation of their products.
Key skills and key knowledge for Design and Technology have been mapped across the school to ensure progression between year groups. This also ensures that there is a context for the children’s work in Design and Technology; that they learn about real life structures and the purpose of specific examples, as well as developing their skills throughout the programme of study.
At Ark Blacklands we aim to give all children a broad set of artistic skills and to empower them with knowledge about artists who have had an impact on our world. We aim to inspire children to explore their creativity and express themselves using art. The skills which they learn will enable them to turn their artistic ideas into reality and enrich their cultural knowledge.
Throughout Key stages 1 and 2, children will learn to use art to observe, imitate, sculpt, express themselves and to make a statement.
Our art curriculum ensures that children are able to develop not only their art skills, but also their knowledge of artists across the world beginning in EYFS, all the way to Key stage 2. The Subject Curriculum Map for art outlines a carefully crafted sequence of learning to ensure that children are developing their skills and knowledge consistently throughout their time at Blacklands.
Art is an essential part of life. It is a subject that is worth homing in on, not just purely on a skills basis, but for a holistic basis too. Teaching children about how art is an avenue for expression allows them to increase their empathy, and it strengthens their ability to associate their emotions with other people and the world around them. This is the very reason why we feel it is important to insist on allowing at least one hour a week for it.
We have adhered to the National Curriculum requirements for art so that we can ensure that all of our children are receiving the statutory education they need. As well as this, we have insisted that more women artists are focused on, and artists from outside of Europe. This is to widen the children’s exposure to the art the whole world has to offer.
Each art endeavour for each term corresponds with a purposeful part of the terms’ learning. This creates a strong cross-curricular climate within the classroom; enriching learning and inspiring children.
A very powerful quote encapsulates our rationale ‘And medicine, law, business, engineering, these are noble pursuits and necessary to sustain life. But poetry, art, beauty, romance, love, these are what we stay alive for.
Each unit intends to either introduce a new art skill (clay sculpture) or develop an existing one (drawing). Throughout all years, children will develop each skill to a good extent. Finally, in Year 6, they will produce an art piece which combines all the art skills they have developed in their time at Blacklands.