At St Benedict’s we believe the arts should be central to a well-rounded education. We believe in a creative learning culture, where all pupils are given the appropriate learning opportunities, which enable them to develop in confidence and express their feelings through art and design. Our focus is that ‘every child will delight in creativity, experience the joy of discovery and develop a sense of awe and wonder.’ Through a creative and cross curricular approach we aim to ensure that ‘every child will feel special and valued as an individual with unique gifts and talents.’
Art Key stage 1: Children will be taught to use a range of materials creatively to design and make products, to use drawing, painting and sculpture to develop and share their ideas, experiences and imagination, to develop a wide range of art and design techniques in using colour, pattern, texture, line, shape, form and space and about the work of a range of artists, craft makers and designers, describing the differences and similarities between different practices and disciplines, and making links to their own work
Key stage 2: Children will be taught to develop their techniques, including their control and their use of materials, with creativity, experimentation and an increasing awareness of different kinds of art, craft and design.
DT Key stage 1 & 2:Through a variety of creative and practical activities, children will be taught the knowledge, understanding and skills needed to engage in an iterative process of designing and making. They will work in a range of relevant contexts [for example, the home and school, gardens and playgrounds, the local community, industry and the wider environment].
As part of their work with food, pupils will be taught how to cook and apply the principles of nutrition and healthy eating. Instilling a love of cooking in pupils will also open a door to one of the great expressions of human creativity. Learning how to cook is a crucial life skill that enables pupils to feed themselves and others affordably and well, now and in later life.
The Arts curriculum at St Benedict’s gives the pupils the knowledge, skills and cultural capital to succeed in life as well-informed and well-rounded citizens. It encourages creativity and innovation which is central to all learning and teaches skills which the children can transfer into their other subjects.