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Art and Design

 

Art and Design work at St. George’s is primarily a practical subject and the children are encouraged to experiment and explore a wide range of materials and skills.

 

As their art and design skills increase the children are encouraged to plan which materials, skills and techniques they will need to complete each task, and then to review and evaluate their finished product and discuss any changes or improvements that could be made to further improve and develop their work. Wherever possible we plan Art and Design tasks as part of the Creative Curriculum topics so that we can make cross-curricular links between a range of subjects. Recently there has been an increased emphasis on researching and exploring the work of famous artists and designers, and using the work of such artists to inspire and influence the children’s own work.

 

 

At St George's the intent of our Design and Technology curriculum is to provide many opportunities for the children to learn, apply and strengthen essential skills required in the designing, making and evaluating of an effective product for a given purpose.

 

We aim for children to leave St George's with the acquired essential characteristics of designers and engineers:

  •  Significant levels of originality and the willingness to take creative risks to produce innovative ideas and prototypes. 
  • An excellent attitude to learning and independent working.
  • The ability to use time efficiently and work constructively and productively with others. 
  • The ability to carry out thorough research, show initiative and ask questions to develop an exceptionally detailed knowledge of users' needs.
  • The ability to act as responsible designers and makers, working ethically, using finite materials carefully and working safely. 
  • A thorough knowledge of which tools, equipment and materials to use to make their products. 
  • The ability to apply mathematical knowledge. 
  • The ability to manage risks exceptionally well to manufacture products safely and hygienically.
  • A passion for the subject and knowledge of up to date technological innovations in materials, products and systems.   
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