“Creativity is inventing, experimenting, growing, taking risks, breaking rules, making mistakes, and having fun.” Mary Lou Cook
The teaching of Art & Design and Design Technology at St Gerard’s Catholic Primary & Nursery School is designed to instil in children a love of learning through highly engaging projects.
As a school, we ensure that learning is cross-curricular to promote and impliment highly engaging projects. Reading and writing are embedded through Art & Design by the appropriate use of sketchbooks and by working through a series of lessons.
This ensures that children are making expected and accelerated proress in the subjedct area. Attainment of all groups will be raised across each cohort with a focus on Art & Design skills being learnt.
Art and design stimulates creativity and imagination. It provides visual, tactile and sensory experiences and a special way of understanding and responding to the world. It enables children to communicate what they see, feel and think through the use of colour, texture, form, pattern and different materials and processes. Children become involved in shaping their environments through art and design activities. They learn to make informed judgements and aesthetic and practical decisions. They explore ideas and meanings through the work of artists and designers. Through learning about the roles and functions of art, they can explore the impact it has had on contemporary life and that of different times and cultures. The appreciation and enjoyment of the visual arts enriches all our lives. Although direct reference to British Values is not continuously made, the policy has been written with full awareness of our responsibility and commitment to this purpose.
The aims of art and design are:
to develop creativity and imagination through a range of complex activities;
to improve the children’s ability to control materials, tools and techniques;
to increase their critical awareness of the roles and purposes of art and design in different times and cultures;
to develop increasing confidence in the use of visual and tactile elements and materials;
to foster an enjoyment and appreciation of the visual arts and a knowledge of artists, craftspeople and designers.
to enable children to record from first-hand experience and from imagination, and to select their own ideas to use in their work;
Technology is the process of designing, making and evaluation products fit for a purpose or improving, refining and extending the use of existing products. It involves the creative application of the principles of science to solve practical problems. Design and Technology is a subject where children’s capability in designing and making is developed through combining their designing and making skills with knowledge and understanding. At St Gerard’s Catholic Primary & Nusery we view Design and Technology as a subject which allows children to apply their knowledge and understanding in a creative way to design and make products.
The aims of design & technology are:
Develop the creative, technical and practical expertise needed to perform everyday tasks confidently and to participate successfully in an increasingly technological world
Build and apply a repertoire of knowledge, understanding and skills in order to design and make high-quality prototypes and products for a wide range of users
Critique, evaluate and test their ideas and products and the work of others
Understand and apply the principles of nutrition and learn how to cook.
Remembrance Display at Runcorn Shopping City
Well done to all classes for creating poppies for the remembrance display at Runcorn Shopping City. We used a range of skills from sculpting to weaving. Y6 even wrote their own poems based on In Flanders Fields. We learnt a lot about why we have Remembrance Day. The poppies look wonderful and we are pleased to take part in the event.
HPAN Project- Tokyo 2020
This year, the whole school got involved in the Halton Primart Arts Newtwork (HPAN) project. We created a display using a range of techniques from photography to ceramic sculpture. Our art work was displayed in Runcorn Shopping City, along with other schools, for three weeks.
We took inspiration from the upcoming Tokyo 2020 Olympics. We focused on the core Olympic values (friendship, respect and excellence).
Our Y5 children worked with a photography student to take photographs based on these values. They also incorporated our school values and those they thought were important to achievement of goals e.g. resilience. Th children used a graphics package to edit their photographs.
Our Y3 children created ceramic pieces based on the Olympic values. They used clay to sculpt shapes and finished them by adding texture and printing.
Our Y4 children made origami boats and birds. They also used their painting skills to use water colour pencils. They added shade on their pieces.
Our Y1 and Y2 children used their textiles skills to create pom poms for the Japanese blossom tree. They also made blossom out of tissue paper and plastic bottles.