Art/Design and Technology

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Art & Design at Red Hill

Purpose of study

Art, craft and design embody some of the highest forms of human creativity. 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. As pupils progress, they should be able to think critically and develop a more rigorous understanding of art and design. They should also know how art and design both reflect and shape our history, and contribute to the culture, creativity and wealth of our nation.

Our subject leader for Art and Design is:

Mrs K Richards

Our essential learning objectives for Art and Design at Red Hill Primary school are to enable children:

  • To develop ideas
  • To master techniques
  • To take inspiration from the great artists and designers

Art and Design is taught in a thematic, cross-curricular way to enable children to make links between subjects and to ensure that learning is meaningful, relevant and interesting. 

Year 1

Autumn

Children will be painting and drawing self-portraits and looking at portraiture. They will be using a range of materials and media to produce wild thing collages and pictures. They will be practising simple printing techniques lined to topic and history learning.

Spring

The children will be exploring aspects of Chinese art and design. They will be practising the art of calligraphy and learning about the story, art and design of the willow pattern plate.

Summer

The children will be making observational drawings of plants and media. We will be looking at the work of Georgia O’keefe and producing pictures in the same style.

Year 2

Autumn

We will be looking at portraits and photographs of family groups and family life. We will be looking for evidence in the pictures that tell us about the people. As part of our ‘Shipwrecked’ topic we will be looking at seascapes by William Turner

Spring

We will be looking at images of London skylines and making our own. We will also be looking at iconic photographs of London and taking our own photographs on trips out and visits.

Summer

As part of our ‘Rainforest’ topic we will be looking at Rousseau’s rainforest picture and using his techniques to work in the same style.

Year 3

Autumn

We will be looking at the work of Andy Goldsworthy and the sculptures he completes using natural forms. We will be making some of our own. We will be making observational drawings of the plants and locations we observe in our sketchbooks. As part of our work on ‘Light and Dark’ we will be learning about colour, shades and tones and how colour wheels work. We will be mixing paints to create different tones and shades.

Spring

We will be looking at Celtic artwork and working in the same style.

Summer

We will be studying ancient Egyptian hieroglyphics and painting and creating some of our own. We hope to create individual class silk paintings in the style of ancient Egyptian artists. We will be using clay to make scarab beetle representations. We will be looking at how different artists have displayed water and experimenting with these different techniques.

Year 4

Autumn

We will be exploring Roman mosaics and creating some of our own.

Spring

In ‘Marvellous Me’ we will look at portraiture and its development. We will study significant portraits and then the children will be able to select a portrait in a style they are interested in and complete a research project and their own self portrait in the same style.

Summer

To complement our focus on Roald Dahl we will study the work of illustrators such as local artist Quentin Blake and Anthony Browne. During their ‘Home and Away’ they will be taking photographs and learning to use photo editing software.

Year 5

Autumn

We will be studying the propaganda posters of WWII and working in the same style.

Spring

Art work will link to DT work as we will be making jewellery such as broaches (in clay), armbands (fabric) and paper Mache longboat dragon heads.

Summer

We will be making comets and mobiles. We will be studying how space has been portrayed by artists and make our own representations of planets and the solar system.

Year 6

Autumn

We will be studying the work of the great Victorian artist William Morris and working in the same style, including print making.

Spring

We will be looking at how artists like Leonardo Da Vinci have portrayed the human form and using life models to work in the same way. As part of our ‘Where in the World’ topic we will be looking at art from around the world. Each Year 6 class will focus on a different type of art from a different period and continent.

Summer

We will be practicing our sculpture skills and making and painting a Greek urn.

Design & Technology

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Design & Technology at Red Hill

The new National curriculum for DT states:

Purpose of study

Design and technology is an inspiring, rigorous and practical subject. Using creativity and imagination, pupils design and make products that solve real and relevant problems within a variety of contexts, considering their own and others’ needs, wants and values. They acquire a broad range of subject knowledge and draw on disciplines such as mathematics, science, engineering, computing and art. Pupils learn how to take risks, becoming resourceful, innovative, enterprising and capable citizens. Through the evaluation of past and present design and technology, they develop a critical understanding of its impact on daily life and the wider world. High-quality design and technology education makes an essential contribution to the creativity, culture, wealth and well-being of the nation.

Our subject leader for DT is:

Mrs K Richards

Our essential learning objectives for DT at Red Hill Primary school are to enable children:

  • To master practical skills.
  • To design make, evaluate and improve.
  • To take inspiration from design throughout history.
  • To develop cooking skills and understand and apply the principles of good nutrition.

Year 1

Autumn

As part of their ‘Where the Wild Things Are’ topic, the children will be designing and making, using a range of tools, equipment and materials to build a home for a wild thing. The materials will be collected from the outside learning environment.

Spring

Children will be designing and making Chinese lanterns of part of their year group Chinese New Year celebration. We will explore Chinese Fortune cookies and make some simple biscuits.

Summer

In summer term, as part of our ‘Pirates’ topic we will be designing and making pirate ships and hoping they float! The children will need to choose the right materials and evaluate their boats to see if they can be improved.

Year 2

Autumn

We will be designing and making a time capsule. We will consider waterproofing and durability for a future Year 2 class to discover.

Spring

We will be looking at key London landmarks and designing and making models of them. The children will be challenged to design and make their own London Bridge that will span an imaginary Thames and support a weight. Children will be expected to evaluate and improve their design.

As part of our ‘Favourite Stories’ topic children will be making story books that include a simple pop up. We will be following a recipe and cooking gingerbread linked to the story ‘The Gingerbread Man’.

Summer

Children will be designing and making their own puppets inspired by the Punch & Judy characters.

Year 3

Autumn

As part of our English work about following instructions we will be following and cooking some simple recipes. As part of our ‘Light and Dark’ topic, children will be exploring and then designing and making Pin-Hole cameras.

Spring

Linking with our work in forest school children will make a shelter linking to their learning about the Iron Age. They will be expected to evaluate and improve their design.

Summer

Linking both our brick making history at Red Hill and the brick making history of the ancient Egyptians we will be using straw and mud to create our own bricks to build a simple structure. Children will design, plan and decorate a sarcophagus to enclose a mummy.

Year 4

Autumn

Linked to our work on the Romans we will be looking at the function and design of aqueducts. We will design and make our own aqueducts to carry water and span a distance.

Spring

Linking with our science work on sound, we will be designing, making and evaluating our own musical instruments.

As part of our ‘Marvellous Me’ topic we will think about being healthy and design a healthy snack we could eat at lunchtime

Summer

We will be developing our sewing skills to make a case for a pair of sunglasses.

Year 5

Autumn

Linking to their work on WWII children will use their technical knowledge on materials to design and make a gas mask box. We will also be looking at wartime rationing and will be designing menus based on available food. We hope to be trying some wartime recipes.

Spring

This links to art work in the ‘Runes and Ragnarok’ where children will explore the function and purpose of objects such as helmets, shields and jewellery and design and make their own versions.

Summer

Children will design and make scale models and mobiles of planets and the solar system. Children will be designing, making and evaluating their own paper planes and rockets. There will be a flight competition to find the designer of the best plane.

Year 6

Autumn

We will be learning about the designs and creations of the great Victorian engineers. We will particularly focus on the work of Isambard Kingdom-Brunel and attempt some engineering challenges of our own.

Spring

Children will be learning to cook healthy snacks /drinks. We will be making bread.

Summer

There will be a Trojan horse challenge. Children will be expected to utilise all they have learnt in DT to create a Trojan horse to hold a certain weight and withstand a certain amount of force.