Guided with the National Curriculum, Cogenhoe’s Art and Design curriculum sets out ‘Inspire, Aspire and Achieve’ to our pupils. Children are taught the knowledge, skills and techniques that enable them to experiment, invent and create their own works of art, craft and design. Our class topic learning is enhanced through linking the art curriculum and this allows children to make meaningful connections across the curriculum areas. Children of Cogenhoe are exposed to a range of Art and Design, genres, styles and culturally and ethnically diverse art and artists.
Progression in skills and techniques are in-built and all children are given opportunities to develop at their own pace whilst they gain a knowledge of skills in which they can express their ideas and experiences.
The children have allocated art lesson time and specific ‘art topic half terms’ in which they are taught different skills, styles and which is based on one key artist that the children discuss and learn about. The key artwork inspires the children’s practical work too, through the concept, medium, subject matter.
Progression is built in across all year groups and skills and media are often revised as the children move up the school.
Each child has a sketch book that moves up through the year groups with them; an excellent way to see the child’s art journey from Year 1- Year 6. In these sketch books, the children produce work where they can explore and experiment with skills and techniques, develop and plan their ideas and respond to other art work or other artists. Children produce final pieces of art work/outcomes that are displayed around the school/on display boards or kept in sketch books. The teacher does no ‘mark’ the sketchbook but assessment is carried out formatively and there is an emphasis on self and peer assessment methods.
Design Technology intention
Our intention is to provide to all children learning opportunities to engage in design technology. Our planning and practice are based on the National Curriculum for Design Technology. We believe design and technology is about designing and making products for a specific user and purpose. It involves children in learning about the world we live in and developing a wide range of knowledge and skills through designing and making. It helps children to think through problems creatively, about how to organise themselves and how to use knowledge and skills to bring about change and to shape the environment
Design Technology implementation
Children will have clear enjoyment and confidence in Design and Technology that they will then apply to other areas of the curriculum. Through carefully planned and implemented learning activities the pupils develop the creative, technical and practical expertise needed to perform everyday tasks confidently and to participate successfully in an increasingly technological world. They gain a firm foundation of knowledge and skills to see them equipped to take on further learning in Secondary School. Pupil’s skills and knowledge are assessed ongoing by the class teacher, throughout lessons and a summative assessment is completed termly.