Art & Design
Art and design is a means of communication that can help children to explore, understand, share and represent their physical and human environment. In art we inspire our children to develop their artistic and creative abilities within the whole curriculum. We ensure that all children experience a vast range of opportunities to develop a breadth of art techniques and skills. They are also encouraged to plan and to manipulate a range of materials so that they can develop skill and originality. Children are encouraged to evaluate and appreciate their own work and the work of others in order to develop their appreciation of the arts.
The aims of Art and Design at St Thomas Aquinas are:
- to promote interest and enjoyment of art
- to encourage the children to value and appreciate each other’s work
- to enable all pupils to have access to artistic experiences
- to develop opportunities for cross curricular learning
- to develop an understanding of art - visual and tactile
- to develop aesthetic awareness and to encourage the pupils to make judgements
- to provide opportunities for different types of learning - class, group, individual
- to promote the awareness of the work of various artists and craftspeople from different cultures thus promoting cultural awareness
- to take care of and help maintain equipment and resources
Design & Technology
We believe design and technology helps our children prepare for the ever developing world around us. We encourage the children to become creative, imaginative and problem-solvers, both as an individual and as part of a team. Throughout their lessons our children combine practical skills with an understanding of artistic, visual, social and environmental issues. As they do so, they reflect on and evaluate present and past design and technology, its uses and effects. Through design and technology, all pupils can become discerning and informed users of products, and become innovators.
The aims of Design and Technology at St Thomas Aquinas are:
- to provide opportunities for children to develop designing and making skills to make quality products.
- to develop knowledge and understanding of how everyday objects are designed and made.
- to provide opportunities to investigate, disassemble and/or evaluate products in order to obtain knowledge that can be applied when designing and making.
- to apply skills and knowledge developed in other curriculum areas, particularly Maths, Science, Art and ICT.
- to develop safe working practices.
- to promote positive attitudes, and enthusiasm for, Design and Technology work in school.
- to fulfill the requirements of the National Curriculum Statutory Orders for Design and Technology and ensure coverage and progression in all aspects of Design and Technology.