Art and Design Technology

The Arts at Broomfield Primary School – Vision and Quality

The arts (art, music, drama, poetry and dance); within the school plays a key role in ensuring that each child develops into a well-formed, responsible, self-reliant and confident person capable of expressing themselves and ready to play a full role in all aspects of society.

We are passionate, well-motivated and committed to delivering the highest quality of diverse and outstanding arts provision to our children.

We believe that every child should be given the chance to perform and provide a wide variety of opportunities for them to experience for example:

  • assemblies
  • productions
  • variety of choirs including the Gospel Choir
  • productions with local schools
  • partnerships with Charnwood Arts and other artists
  • competitions local and national
  • Leicester-shire Music Education Hub

Our children have designed playground markings, the new school website home page and our House Teams shields.  We try and find as many ways of encouraging pupils to engage in the arts as possible either through competitions, trips, visitors or clubs.

Art

Art gives children the opportunity to develop their creativity and imagination through exploration of visual, tactile and sensory experiences across the curriculum.

Children are taught different aspects of art   e.g. colour, line and tone, shape form and space. They experience various processes e.g. collage, papier mache, and printing.

The differences and similarities between the work of artists, craftspeople and designers are explored, inspiring the children in their own work.

Design & Technology

Design and technology is an inspiring, rigorous and practical subject with the following aims – to ensure children:

  • 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

This area of the curriculum involves children in looking at a variety of objects and themes, being creative in coming up with their own designs, making things based on their design and evaluating their success along the way. These projects can lead children in making all kinds of wonderful things! The core process is to design, make and evaluate while learning key skills and technical knowledge.
Design Technology (DT) projects are linked to class learning challenges and learning may be ‘blocked’ so that a particular project may be developed over several consecutive days.

Younger children develop their DT skills through child-initiated activities of cutting, gluing, joining and creating. They are taught to review their own work and consider ways to overcome problems they have met along the way.
Older children will work in groups, or individually, on careful development of their design ideas. They seek to apply these in a range of challenging tasks using a range of materials and processes. A significant time is given to the evaluation of what they create so that the quality of their work can be improved each subsequent time.

Cooking and nutrition is a newer aspect of the curriculum, where children need to use basic principles of nutrition in a healthy and varied diet, and gain a deeper understanding of where food comes from, including an understanding of seasonality. They also need to learn basic cooking skills, with predominantly savoury dishes, using a variety of techniques.

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