Art and Design and Technology Aims:
At St Catherine’s we believe that Art and Design and Technology (DT) play an important part in enriching the lives of our children so that they may live their lives in its fullness. Through our teaching of Art and DT topics we open our children's eyes to the beauty of the world, inspire awe and wonder and develop an appreciation of diversity. Children are encouraged to express themselves creatively and spiritually by reflecting and responding through different media.
Key Objectives in Art:
Key Objectives in Design and Technology:
At St Catherine’s:
Making art is a way to communicate and respond to experience. Activities in Art and DT are planned to allow pupils to respond according to their abilities, with appropriate differentiation by support, resources and outcome. Teachers will provide instruction and guidance on technical processes to take account of individual needs. In line with the school’s equal opportunities policy, all children have an entitlement to all aspects of the Art and DT curriculum.
Health and Safety:
All pupils will be taught to use materials, tools and techniques for practical work safely and in accordance with health and safety requirements. All adults working with pupils in Art and DT will be made aware of the health and issues. The school may decide that it will make its own specific ruling on the use of certain tools or processes.
The school will make a risk assessment of using saws and advise on the way they may be used to make products e.g. sculptures. This should be with adult supervision and in line with the Schools Health and Safety Policy.
At St Catherine’s, children are assessed in Art and DT against National Curriculum objectives for the relevant Key Stage. Assessments linked to age related expectations are recorded by class teachers using the school’s system Flic. This information can then be used to monitor pupil progress and achievement and identify gaps in learning. Development Matters is used as guidance to assess the attainment of children in EYFS in the areas of Expressive Arts and Design and Physical Development.