Art and Design Technology
The arts are vital to the education of primary school children and have a rightful place in our curriculum.
Teachers help the children to experience a variety of media and techniques including drawing, painting, printing and textiles.
Northmead is very fortunate to have a pottery kiln, which allows all children to experience the joys of clay in each year group.
Each child is given a sketch book which accompanies them throughout their time at Northmead, providing teachers and pupils with a record of skills and progress.
Ever changing displays around the school and in classrooms are evidence of the high quality work that is achieved by the children. In the summer term we celebrate our creativity by holding an exhibition evening for friends and family.
Design technology prepares pupils to participate in rapidly changing technologies. The subject calls for pupils to become problem solvers. They must look for needs, wants and opportunities and respond to them by developing a range of ideas and making products and systems. They combine practical skills with an understanding of aesthetics. As they do so, they reflect on and evaluate present and past design and technology, its uses and effects.
The National Curriculum (2014) states that there are four main skills that children should be taught to develop in Design Technology: Designing, Making, Evaluating and Technical Knowledge.
Each child at Northmead studies two units of design work each year.