Art and Design and Technology Aims:
At St Catherine’s we believe that Art and Design plays an important part in enriching the education for all children in our school. We aim to provide an Art and DT curriculum that will provide our children with knowledge about a range of artists, understanding about different techniques and the opportunity to develop their own artistic skills.
Making art is a way to communicate and respond to experience. Every child’s response is unique and activities in art are planned which 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 will have an entitlement to all aspects of the art 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 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 art. Pupils need to be shown how to use tools safely to construct with wood to make sculptures. This should be with adult supervision and in line with the Schools Health and Safety Policy.
At St Catherine’s, children are assessed using the school’s system Flic, which has been adapted from the National Curriculum. Age-related expectations are met when a child has achieved the statements from their year group. Development Matters is used as a tool to assess the attainment of children in EYFS in the areas of Expressive Arts and Design and Physical Development.