Art and DT
At St Newlyn East we believe in striving to assist our children becoming all-rounded and enthusiastic learners. We really appreciate the benefits of the creative subjects. Art is one of these subjects that is so important to our children’s learning.
At St Newlyn East children are exposed to a variety of famous and local artists with a range of skills and styles of artwork. We explore Van Gogh, Henri Rousseau, Georgia O’Keefe, William Morris, Andy Goldsworthy, John Dyer and many more. They are encouraged to learn from these artists and experiment with their preferred style of art. They are also encouraged to experiment with their own style of art be it drawing, sculpting, sketching or painting. For example, children learn to sculpt and explore with clay throughout KS1 and then learn to create Greek-style earthenware in Year 3. Children are exposed to clay, chalk, crayons, pastels, watercolours, paint and charcoal. They are able to explore observational drawing as well as abstract. These skills are taught progressively and in great depth across their school life. We also explore art on a massive and less concrete scale, children are able to create sculptures in the style of Andy Goldsworthy in our playground.
We really appreciate that art is such an important subject both for the mind and the body. It teaches fine and gross motor skills as well as teaching coordination. Art also speaks to our emotions and allows a release which we know is so important for all children’s mental health.
At St. Newlyn East Learning Academy our immersive curriculum is designed to recognise children’s prior learning. We look, first hand, at the learning experiences to allow the children to develop their skills and resilience to become creative and critical thinkers. Children in Early Years, will build, explore materials and try how things work. Through Key Stage 1, the children will begin to use their own ideas to plan, design and make by choosing the right materials and tools relating to their current topic. They will begin to ask and answer questions based on the materials properties. By lower Key Stage 2, children will then begin to expand on their knowledge and move onto being able to explain their designs and suggest improvements by critical evaluations. Children immerse themselves into the past by designing historical artefacts. They are also given the opportunity to predict the future by designing gadgets. By upper Key Stage 2, children are then able to suggest alternative plans for their designs and follow this with market research. They are given the opportunity to visit local businesses and are visited by local artists and designers.