Art and Design Technology
At St John's Church of England Infant School, we paint, draw, sculpt, sketch, illustrate and create! Art provides a means of exploring a variety of materials, tools and techniques, experimenting with colour, design, texture, line and form to produce pieces of art, influenced by the works of famous artists.
In the Foundation Stage, our youngest artists embark on a creative journey of Expressive Arts and Design through topics which are defined by the interests and experiences of the children. They will be encouraged to use their imagination by dismantling, combining and discarding ideas and materials, experimenting and imitating, to develop their own ideas and produce their own unique pieces of work, both indoors and out, the messier, the better! They will talk about what they have produced, what they like and how they can make it better. They also begin to learn about the ways in which paintings and drawings can capture feelings.
In Key Stage 1, in Year 1, the children start their Art journey by investigating Colour – colour naming, matching, mixing, shades and tints, drawing inspiration from famous artists. They then explore techniques for making marks, lines, shapes and forms and learn about Portraits, examining work by a variety of artists. We then study and create some sculptures. In Year 2, the children revisit skills and techniques previously introduced in Year 1 by studying and creating art in the style of four famous European artists. At our school we are all artists!
Design and Technology
The teaching of Design and Technology at St John's Church of England Infant aims to inspire pupils to design and make purposeful products that solve real and relevant problems in a variety of contexts. The Design and Technology curriculum provides pupils with the necessary skills, knowledge and technical vocabulary to successfully complete their learning objectives. Design and Technology fosters an entrepreneurial spirit offering pupils practical knowledge and skills that can be applied in real life contexts throughout their school life and beyond.
In the Foundation Stage children access Design and Technology through the Early Learning Goals of Expressive Arts and Design and Understanding the World (Technology). Planning ensures that children are encouraged to think imaginatively and use what they have learnt about media and materials in original ways, thinking about their uses and purposes. They safely use and explore a variety of materials, tools and techniques to experiment with design, texture, form and function.
These skills are built upon in Key Stage 1 where children enjoy designing and making products for a specific purpose. In Year 1 children begin to understand and use mechanical systems to create moving pictures. They apply the principles of nutrition and healthy eating to design and prepare simple, delicious dishes for their peers, including lots of fruit and vegetables.
In Year 2 children further develop their knowledge and application of nutrition and healthy eating is built upon by designing and making healthy pizzas using combinations of ingredients. They also develop their cutting and sewing skills by designing and making their own delightful Christmas decorations using textiles. As part of the overall process children in Key Stage 1 evaluate their finished products at the end of each unit to reflect upon what went well and what could be improved. These considerations are then applied to help them improve their next project.