Art and Design Technology (DT) Curriculum

 

The subject leader for art is Mrs R Tomlinson

The subject leader for Design Technology is Mr T Venus

The link Governor for these subjects is Mrs L Waring

 

To see how Art is developed at Springvale School please click on the following link which details the aims of the National Curriculum and the progression of skills from Key Stage 1 to Key Stage 2.

Art Progression of Skills and Vocab

 

To see how Design Technology is developed at Springvale School please click on the following link which details the aims of the National Curriculum and the progression of skills from Key Stage 1 to Key Stage 2.

DT Progression of Skills and Vocab

 

 

See the links below for some creative activities that your little artists could try at home:

Make a paper crocodile

Natural Materials minibeast collage

Octopus footprint activity

Wiggly worm puppets

 

Art and design technology aids child development in many ways:

It improves motor skills and coordination: Doing art and craft activities aid in the development of both the large and small muscles and eye-hand coordination. They also help children learn fine motor control, which is crucial for writing. Activities like gripping a crayon or a paintbrush, using scissors, squeezing the bottle of glue, or rolling play dough develop and improves dexterity. Since children use both hands for these activities, their coordination also improves.

Craft activities help to promote skills that help children to pay attention, switch focus, plan and organise, multi-task, remember details and manage time.

Children are always looking for ways to express what is there in their mind. Art and craft activities allow children to express themselves freely, communicate their feelings and deal with scary emotions in a safe way.

Art activities relieve stress, promote calm and self-regulation. For instance, when using watercolours to paint, children need to wait for some time for a coat to dry before applying the next one. This teaches them to persevere and be patient.

Creating a piece of art, however simple, enhances children’s self-esteem. When a child completes an art and craft activity and adults praise them, they feel happy and confident.

Dealing with an artistic challenge helps develop problem-solving skills. Planning and executing a creative project requires children to make choices and take decisions. Working independently, evaluating their own decisions, and, perhaps, changing them sharpens critical thinking and problem-solving abilities.

Working together on creative activities gives children an opportunity to share and interact with each other. Also, putting materials away and cleaning up after they are finished helps children to learn about teamwork and being responsible.

 

Multi-Cultural links will be developed wherever possible in the teaching of these National Curriculum subjects.

 

Below are some websites that might interest your child and deepen their creativity:

Arts and Crafts Activities for Kids – CBeebies – BBC

Kids Crafts – Inspiration for Children of all Ages (activityvillage.co.uk)

Creativebug – Craft Classes & Workshops – What will you make today?