What do we want to achieve for our children in art? Art at Culworth is highly valued. We believe that respecting and celebrating children’s creative endeavours, nurtures their self belief, which builds self esteem and leads to many successes both personal and academic. All children will have their work displayed within the school throughout the year and in recent years we have also been lucky enough to end the year with an amazing exhibition at the local coffee shop gallery space for the benefit of the whole community. How will we achieve this? Drawing context from the current topics, our art curriculum is designed to gradually build many skills such as line forming, mark making and colour mixing whilst also building experience of a multitude of techniques and media. All children have a sketchbook in which they practise skills and try out ideas before bringing this learning together in a final piece. Alongside this, children learn about and experience the work and techniques of a wide range of artists so that by “standing on the shoulders of giants” they create their own pieces. What does art teaching look like and how will it support my child now and in the future? Our children are encouraged to be creative and experimental in their artistic approaches. At Culworth we are lucky enough to have knowledgeable and highly skilled art specialists, who inspire our pupils to express themselves creatively. Our children are taught specific techniques and skills throughout their art lessons. At the same time, they are encouraged to explore and develop their own ideas; allowing their imaginations to develop their creations. The school boasts an impressive classroom dedicated to our creative endeavours. Art is often taught in this room, where children are surrounded by inspiration. Our art themes are deliberately selected each term, to fit our topic, which is taught throughout the school.
From our Rainforest topic, Luther King Class have made these amazing Amazonian Lizards and Inca Sun Medallions
An example of a term's project. Lest we forget: poppies
1. Topic introduction: Exploring poppies in tissue paper.
4. Pencil, pen and felt tip tonal shading and texture practice and acrylic colour mixing practice in poppy colours.
2. Warm up poppy sketches in pencil, pen, felt tip and coloured crayon.
5. Finished acrylic poppy paintings.
6. Linear chalk and black paper poppies to consider background movement and spatial awareness. Preparation for a print design.
8. Lino print design in pencil.
9. Black and white lino print
10. Colour lino print.
11. Whole class poppy lino print montage.
12. Working with colour, print extension.
13. Artist focus - Anselm Kiefer
Exploring Anselm Kiefer in pencil and charcoal sketches.
Design and Technology
What do we want to achieve for our children in DT? Inspired through our school vision, ‘do unto others as you would have done unto you’ (Matthew: 7.12), respect firmly underpins all that we do and combined with a belief in themselves and others as well as faith in God, children will be able to successfully fulfil their dreams and ambitions. Within Design Technology teaching there is the intention that children will gain an appreciation of the design processes used within a variety of disciplines such as architecture, cookery and textiles. They will be able to evaluate their work and make suggestions on how they can make improvements. This could be completed in a group or individual basis. At times they will explore mechanical processes, using relevant vocabulary to explain how products might work and be improved. They will be able to gain confidence in using different tools and developing prototypes before producing a final piece of work. Also, they will consider the intended user and how their products may be adapted to suit different people. How will we achieve this? A comprehensive DT programme of study has been developed throughout the key stages, ensuring that children learn a progression of skills, in line with the requirements of the National Curriculum. The units work in line with the creative curriculum topics and will be differentiated to the needs of their particular cohort.
Children are taught to work using the ‘Design, Create, Evaluate’ cycle. Each stage is rooted within technical knowledge, whether this relates to physical mechanisms, cooking methods or the merits and drawbacks of working with particular tools, materials and equipment. While projects generally have a specific ‘end goal’, emphasis is also placed on incorporating children’s own ideas into the design process at any opportunity. Children are offered technical explanations and demonstrations, along with subject-specific vocabulary to enable them to express their thoughts and ideas. Time is taken to ensure that children have an appreciation of the potential risks of working with different tools and materials and are able to manage these risks successfully to create products in a safe, hygienic way. Being an environmentally conscious school, children are encouraged to create products in a responsible fashion, ensuring that finite resources are used considerately. How will this support the children and in the future? Progress within DT is measured through the use of curriculum progression documents for each year group. This allows staff to ensure that children are reaching levels of attainment expected for their age. Our aim is to develop design and technology skills within all children to the best of their ability. We encourage our children at Culworth to be reflective in their thinking, considering the importance of evaluating their work, making changes and shaping their own learning moving forward. This in turn supports their future endeavours, in which they will have the skill set to be resilient and responsive.
Culworth Church of England Primary Academy The Green Culworth Banbury Oxon OX17 2BB