Art and Design


Art

The Art course at St George's Junior School has been planned so that each year group covers a range of skills; art history, drawing, painting, printing, ceramics and sculpture.

Pupils are able to develop their own ways of working by expressing ideas and visually representing what they observe, experience and imagine. Their creativity is developed through idea development and material experimentation within their own sketchbooks. As they develop, they connect their work to current or historical art and build on sketchbook knowledge. This gives them a wider understanding of art history and how it has developed and changed. They complete their project with a final piece that celebrates all the skills and knowledge they have discovered.

The Art department's aim is to create an exciting, stimulating and supportive environment, in which the pupils can work independently to use a variety of media to develop their artistic skills. By the time the pupils leave the Junior School, they will be confident with working with a range of materials and understand the methodologies that lead to a creative, thoughtful and successful final piece.

From Reception to Year 3 Art lessons are taught by their class teachers. Art lessons are normally focused around year topics to help emphasise and reinforce their knowledge. For Years 4, 5 & 6 pupils are taught by a Specialist Art teacher in the specially designed Art and DT building.

Design/Technology

The Design/Technology department provides the facilities for design, manufacture and construction; using card, wood, plastics and textiles.

The subject is covered through the delivery of problem solving, idea solution and final production. The aim is for the pupils to understand the wide ranging options of how to make and manipulate materials to create the best outcome. In younger years, the materials are softer and easy to manipulate. As they progress through the school into upper years, the materials require the use of specific tools and specific construction methods. The nature and emphasis of each project is designed to give each pupil a good grounding in all of the main aspects of the subject, from design ideas and product analysis to methods of working and evaluation.

The DT department aims to enable pupils to express their three-dimensional creativity by making and constructing products that have purpose and solve consumer problems. We aim to encourage the pupils to expand, modify and improve their ideas ensuring the end result is the best solution. By the time the pupils leave the Junior School, they will have secure knowledge with using a range of construction materials including wood and plastic and how to use the right methods and tools to turn them into successful products.

From Reception to Year 3 Design and Technology lessons are taught by their class teachers. D.T. lessons are normally focused around year topics to help emphasise and reinforce their knowledge. For Years 4, 5 & 6 pupils are taught by a Specialist D.T. teacher in the specially designed Art and DT building.