The Art, Design and Technology Curriculum offers opportunities for each child to:
- Experience different approaches to ADT;
- Have experience and appreciation of other art forms from other artists, cultures, countries, period and traditions;
- Learn different skills and techniques in order to produce different types of art; and, express their own ideas, discoveries and feelings in visual form, and in doing so promote the development of fine motor skills and co-ordination.
Knowledge and understanding in ADT is aimed at ensuring that children learn about a wide variety of different techniques, materials and cultural tradition which influence and enable connections with their own work. They also need to develop the ability to make their own artistic judgements and to talk about their own, and others work, developing ‘visual literacy’.
Investigating and making in ADT is aimed at ensuring children are able to record, test and develop what has been experienced, observed and imagined. This element of the Curriculum states that they should experiment with tools and techniques. Pupils review their work and describe what they might change or develop in the future.
Eaton Square School strives to create a colourful and exciting environment through displays throughout the school that are both educational and visually challenging. ADT is a subject in which children can achieve their personal best and be proud of their work. Self-expression through employment of skilled techniques and tools is encouraged and supported, as is the use of their imagination.
ADT in the Foundation Stage and Key Stage One fosters the development of fine motor skills and co-ordination. Pupils learn how to plan and carry out their ideas using the correct tools and techniques.
All children will also have the opportunity to appreciate a variety of artists’ work throughout the year. A wide range of mediums are explored, including construction, painting and collage, to name but a few. The ADT Curriculum is organised on a topic basis. Art is taught in connection with subject topics throughout the curriculum and school year, thereby reinforcing understanding.
In Transition, Reception, Year One and Year Two, ADT is taught by the class teachers. In Years Three to Eight, ADT is taught by a specialist teacher in a purpose built room. Eaton Square School also has visiting ‘artist in residence’ who instruct the children during workshops.
Years Two to Eight are entered into a London wide Art Competition each year called Young Art run by Cancer Research and all work for this is undertaken in the Autumn term.
Feedback is constantly given to pupils about their progress during the lessons. Pupils will keep examples of work across the Key Stages and make personal assessments of their own work after each project. From Year Two to Eight upwards, each pupil’s work is kept in a portfolio in the ADT room. The ADT teacher assesses each child’s work at the end of each project. Pupils may receive homework on occasion, when appropriate. Homework will link directly to the project that is being explored or will be in the form of research that will add value. On occasion, pupils may be asked to bring in various materials and artefacts from home.