Darrick Wood Junior School enriches the 2014 Primary Curriculum by constantly developing the D.T. curriculum that we provide for our children. They learn how products and structures are designed and manufactured, how to be innovative and to make creative use of a variety of resources including digital technologies, to improve the world around them.
Our main aim is to provide exciting, stimulating opportunities which the children become fully absorbed in using a cross-curricular approach. We use a number of different approaches to explore and deliver the projects to ensure we enable our children to develop all the D.T. skills they need to be confident and successful learners. All our children are involved in the planning stage of new projects as we value their ideas and contributions; we believe that children learn best when they are able to steer and direct their own learning. Throughout the project the children will follow the design, make and evaluate model whilst applying their technical subject knowledge. Additionally, each year group takes part in a food and nutrition unit which involves learning about seasonality, cooking, food hygiene and safety.
We want our children to be inquisitive and passionate about their learning and spark a desire for life long learning.
We are committed to providing all children with learning opportunities to engage in art and design.
Art and design provides pupils with the skills, concepts and knowledge necessary for them to express their responses to ideas and experiences in a visual or tactile form. It fires their imagination and is a fundamental means of personal expression.
While it is essentially a practical subject, art should provide opportunities for reflection and, with increasing sensitivity, pupils should acquire the ability to make informed, critical responses to their own work and that of others. There is great pleasure to be derived from this subject and, through deeper understanding; pupils can gain access to cultural richness and diversity.
We aim to ensure that all pupils:
produce creative work, exploring their ideas and recording their experiences and observations. (It is worth emphasising that a sketchbook is not simply a book for sketching, rather a process through which ideas are collected, developed, researched and reviewed)
become proficient in drawing, painting, sculpture and other art, craft and design techniques, through links with the local and wider multicultural community
evaluate and analyse creative works using the language of art, craft and design
know about great architects, artists, craft makers and designers, and understand the historical and cultural development of their art forms.
Recently we have taken an innovative approach to our Artwork by banding the children into ‘family’ groups, i.e. the children work in mixed-age groups towards a collaborative display. Such divergence contributes substantially toward the fulfilment of Government initiatives to inject more creativity and enjoyment into the primary curriculum.
We maintain an element of flexibility within the planned Design & Technology/Art & Design curriculum in order to respond to opportunities that occasionally present themselves, e.g. a heavy fall of snow or a visit from an artist.