Art and Design Technology

At Broadway Infant School, we value Art and Design as an important part of the children’s entitlement to a broad and balanced curriculum. Art and Design provides the children with the opportunities to develop and extend skills and an opportunity to express their individual interests, thoughts and ideas.

Art, craft and design embody some of the highest forms of human creativity. A high-quality art and design education should engage, inspire and challenge pupils, equipping them with the knowledge and skills to experiment, invent and create their own works of art, craft and design. As pupils progress, they should begin to think critically and develop the skills necessary to create their own pieces of work with confidence and competency. They should also begin to understand how art and design both reflect and shape our history, and contribute to the culture, creativity of our nation.

Design and Technology nurtures pupil’s imaginations and creativity combined with real world problem solving skills. Throughout the teaching of design and technology we hope to inspire the children’s ability to communicate their own ideas, their own solutions and their likes and dislikes.

We hope to allow children the opportunity to select appropriate materials, tools and techniques. for creating their “product”, whilst following health and safety guidelines (goggles on kids!).

Furthermore, we also hope to nurture enjoyment, satisfaction and purpose when designing and making ‘solutions’ for the ‘problems’.

The teaching and implementation of the Art and Design and Design Technology Curriculum at Broadway Infant School is based on the National Curriculum and supported by our curriculum maps, ensuring a well-structured and consistent approach to this creative subject that builds on skills and knowledge from year to year.

The children are taught Art and DT as part of their termly topic work. The work of famous local, national and international artists are explored to enhance the children’s learning.

The children’s learning is further enhanced with a whole school arts week in the summer term where the children have the opportunity for collaborative working and exploring the different styles and techniques of a range of artists.

Each child is given an Arts and Design portfolio book which includes a yearly example of children’s work. Each year, teachers put in work in these areas; drawing, painting, printing, collage/multimedia, form/sculpture, other Art and Design techniques, evidence of work leading up to unit of work including a self-evaluation. This gives a view of their child’s progression through the 3 years at our school.

Information is gathered through pupil voice questionnaires, allowing children to have their say on our Arts and Design Technology curriculum as well as time for them to self- reflect on their own capabilities and areas for improvement.

Parents are given time to enjoy creating with their children during whole school arts and design and days and their comments and ideas can be used to enhance our planning and teaching.