Darrick Wood Junior School


Art and Design at DWJS: Vision and Intent

At Darrick Wood Junior School, we believe that artistic expression plays can play an invaluable role in pupils lives and learning as they explore their own ideas and feelings through art and learn to appreciate artwork that other people have produced.

We are committed to providing all of our pupils with opportunities to engage in learning through art and design and to express their creativity through a variety of media. We believe that it is important for children to be exposed to a range of artists; through this they can begin to recreate famous artwork as well as appreciate different cultures, artistic movements and styles. Our approach is skills-based, building on the children’s techniques in painting, drawing, textiles, collage and sculpture as they move through the school. Our aim is for the children to be able to reflect upon and refine their own creations and make their own choices as informed artists.

Art and Design Curriculum Overview: Implementation

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.

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. 

Design and Technology at DWJS: Vision and Intent

Design and Technology is an inspiring and practical subject. Using creativity and imagination, our pupils design and make products that solve real and relevant problems within a variety of contexts, considering their own and others’ needs, wants and values.

Darrick Wood Junior School enriches the 2014 Primary Curriculum by constantly developing the D.T. curriculum that we provide for our children. Our pupils acquire a broad range of subject knowledge and draw on disciplines such as mathematics, science, engineering, computing and art. Opportunities to apply these skills and knowledge are varied, including learning how to strengthen a structure to make it more stable, learning how to use mechanisms or electrical systems in their designs and learning how to use computer programming to control a product. During this process, our pupils will gain experiences of using a range of tools and equipment safely and make informed choices of materials and components to make high quality prototypes. This subject encourages our pupils to become creative problem solvers operating outside their ‘comfort zone’, learning from mistakes and daring to do things differently when making design decisions, both as individuals and as part of a team.

 Through the evaluation of past and present design and technology, our pupils develop a critical understanding of its impact on daily life and the wider world. Ensuring a high-quality design and technology education prepares our pupils for the developing world, taking risks, becoming resourceful, innovative, enterprising and capable citizens who make an essential contribution to the creativity, culture, wealth and well-being of the nation.

Design and Technology Curriculu Overview: Implementation

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