Cardwell Primary School

Cardwell Primary School

Mutual respect, resilience, responsibility, tolerance and perseverance

Learning for life

Art and Design and Technology

Art and Design

In line with the National Curriculum, we believe; ‘a high-quality art and design education should engage, inspire and challenge pupils, equipping them with the knowledge and skills to experiment, invent and create their own works of art, craft and design.’

At Cardwell we aim to teach art and design in a fun and creative way and we value the opportunities it provides for developing the core learning skills of resilience, resourcefulness and reflectiveness. In order to achieve their best potential children have access to a range of good quality resources that will support each topic and enable a confident approach.

Pupils have opportunities to draw upon other areas of the curriculum, such as links to history, geography, science, RE and literacy to further develop their understanding and enthusiasm in the topics they are studying. There is also an opportunity to develop a deeper understanding of art and design by exploring various artists and their wider impact.

Pupils learn to experiment with colour, form, texture and pattern using different materials. They are encouraged to use their skills and imagination to create their own independent works of art and then to evaluate their work to suggest any improvements that could be made. The use of sketchbooks throughout the school also allows pupils to record ideas and artwork produced. We ensure that this work is evident in displays around the school giving opportunities to inspire others and celebrate their success.

Frequently, we interact with local community projects and we encourage participation and links with art galleries and companies, who often provide exciting visits and workshops. 

Design and Technology

Using creativity and imagination, pupils design and make products, including creating puppets; buildings and toys, which incorporate the skills of cutting, sewing and food preparation. Pupils are also expected to problem solve and evaluate their own pieces of work in order to make improvements and develop the skill of adaptability. Design and Technology promotes both independent and team work, which is something we actively encourage.