DT & Art

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“Since every child is born with the power to create, that power should be released early and developed wisely. It may become the key to joy and wisdom and possibly self realisation. Whether the child becomes an artist is immaterial”.

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At Beulah Junior School,

we believe that teaching and learning in Art is important because it stimulates creativity, imagination and inventiveness. The purpose of Art education is to give pupils the skills, concepts and knowledge necessary for them to express responses to ideas and experiences in a visual or tactile form. It fires their imagination and is a fundamental means of personal expression. In Art and Design sessions at Beulah, we aim to give our pupils the opportunity to explore all creative media – becoming proficient in drawing, painting and sculpture; to learn what can be done with different materials, and what effects can be created. We aim to provide the knowledge and skills to enable pupils to make their own art.

We wish to develop each pupil’s creative ability, develop their art skills and develop their ability to use the visual elements of art – colour, line and tone, texture, pattern and shape, form and space – to their full potential. We aim to develop skills of observation, looking, listening and concentrating and to develop an awareness and appreciation of the world around them; its colours, shapes and textures, and to introduce and develop the idea of recreating those experiences and observations through art.

We would like pupils to find pleasure in sensory exploration of materials, in learning to use tools and techniques, and in manipulating and combining materials to create different and pleasing results.

We aim to develop interest in the work of other artists, craftspeople and designers and create opportunities to meet and work with other artists. We want pupils to develop a sense of personal expression and achievement, through creating individual work, which can be appreciated by themselves and other people.

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In art sessions, we aim to provide a relaxing, enjoyable and therapeutic environment to encourage children to be adventurous and to take risks., also to providee opportunities for studying historical, cultural and religious art.

At Beulah Junior School, Art is taught through cross curricular, thematic approach. Children study art skills and visual elements of art through cross-curricular themes. Our focus is on teaching drawing, painting, printing, clay work, textile and creating collages. In each year group, children practice two types of drawing, from observation and from imagination, and produce at least one good quality painting using a range of art media. We provide a range of opportunities for children to explore different art forms and learn from artist in museums and art galleries and participating in art workshops. To enrich our art curriculum, we hold RE and Arts week once a year providing children more opportunities to explore art and to celebrate their achievement by displaying children’s art work.

Design and Technology is an exciting practical subject which allows children to make sense of appliances and processes in the environment through experience and exploration. The subject allows children to develop their creative skills through planning, designing and making. It provides opportunities for children to develop an understanding of different materials, products and to use this knowledge to create objects which meet particular criteria. There is also opportunity for evaluation of both their own designs and those of established products.

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Our aims are that children will:

  • Gain knowledge and understanding of materials, components, controls and structures.
  • Have opportunity to investigate, disassemble and evaluate simple, everyday products.
  • Develop a wide range of skills and techniques through stimulating activities.
  • Experience a sense of achievement, having formulated original ideas and worked through the design process that led to the finished article.
  • Evaluate processes and products and use their conclusions to develop future designs.
  • Develop a positive health and safety attitude.
  • Develop research skills as appropriate to projects.

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How we will achieve these aims

Pupils will generate ideas and gain knowledge of materials and components through:

  • Group and teacher led discussion.
  • Assembling, disassembling and rearranging.
  • Working with textiles, plastics, wood, paper, card and food.

Pupils will develop, plan and communicate ideas by:

  • Working individually and in groups to produce a design.
  • Making drawings and models to communicate their designs.

Pupils will work with tools, equipment and components by undertaking a range of Design and Technology activities which give opportunity for:

  • Using simple mechanisms.
  • Using wheels and axles.
  • Measuring and marking materials.
  • Cutting and shaping materials
  • Assembling, joining and combining components and materials.

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Pupils will be given the opportunity to evaluate their designs and identify strengths and weaknesses in a positive way. Pupils will address health and safety issues by:


  • Considering risks to themselves and others during the activity.
  • Following advice given by the teacher.
  • Group and class discussion.

We are actively working towards implementing the 2014 National Curriculum, with working parties looking at all aspects.

Art and Design 2014 Curriculum:

DT 2014 Curriculum:

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