Art and Design Technology
Art, craft and design stimulates creativity and imagination. It provides visual, tactile and sensory experiences, and a unique way of understanding and responding to the world. Through working with artists and visiting galleries we provide our pupils with rich artistic experiences and a wealth of inspiration.
Art enables children to communicate what they see, feel and think through the use of colour, texture, form and pattern. Our spectacular annual Art Exhibition provides an opportunity for children to present their work and demonstrate their enthusiasm, confidence and determination for art, craft and design. Seeing their work alongside the work of others provides an opportunity to improve critical and comparative skills.
At King’s Hedges Educational Federation, we strive to give Design Technology (DT) a purpose by making something (product) for someone (user) for some purpose. Pupils are taught that everything has been designed and made by somebody, and so we look at real-life examples of designers, chefs, engineers and technologists to inspire them and give them a reason for their learning and product-making. As much and wherever possible, we try to make cross-curricular links, including ICT, to provide a more rounded and purposeful curriculum. There is one DT-based topic carried out in every year group per term so that pupils can experience and develop range of skills, which are developed year on year. These skills are based on:
Food, such as how to prepare fruit and vegetable, different food groups, what a healthy plate of food looks like, seasonality, where food comes from and celebrating culture and foods from around the world.
Mechanisms, such as how to create and use sliders and levers, and experiment with different types of wheels and axels to use in our designs and products.
Structures, such as how to create free-standing structures with different materials, shell structures like nets for packaging using computer-aided design and frame structures for supporting heavy weights.
Textiles, such how to create templates and patterns, use different methods to join fabrics together and expand on sewing abilities to combine various 2D fabric shapes to create a 3D product.
Electrical systems using a range of simple circuits and switches, then advancing to using more complex circuits and switches.
Mechanical systems using levers and linkages to create moving products and using pulleys and gears to help us learn about ratios in Maths.
Our objectives in the teaching of art, craft and design technology are:
- To ensure children access a wide range of processes, materials and media to empower them to explore and develop their own ideas.
- To enable children to record from first-hand experience and imagination.
- To develop increasing confidence in the use of visual and tactile elements and materials.
- To improve children’s ability to control materials, tools and techniques.
- To encourage children to recognise the need to modify their work and to discuss their reasons.
- To increase critical awareness of the roles and purposes of art and design in different times and cultures.
- To foster an enjoyment and appreciation of the visual arts, and a knowledge of artists, craftspeople and designers.
At King’s Hedges we offer a varied and vibrant art curriculum which delivers key technical skills and the opportunity to use a variety of materials and processes.
Click here to view the Curriculum for each year group.
Click here to view the Art Exhibition page.
We believe that every child has the ability to draw and here at King’s Hedges we are particularly proud of the progression our children achieve in their drawing skills. Click here to view some examples of children’s work from Reception through to Year 6.
Recommended places to visit in Cambridge
Kettle’s Yard, Castle Street, Cambridge, CB3 0AQ
The Fitzwilliam Museum, Trumpington Street, Cambridge, CB2 1RB
Anglesey Abbey, Quy Road, Lode, Cambridge, CB25 9EJ
Cambridge Sculpture Trails: www.cambridgesculpturetrails.co.uk/