Art and DT
Art is a unique form of experience that cannot be imitated. At St Teresa’s it is used as a way for each child to express his/herself and is essential to the development of the whole child. It enables all children to respond to their talents and to fulfil their potential whatever their ability. It is important for a child to know that their work is enjoyed and valued by all.
Weekly Art lessons allow the children to discover the work of different artists from Arcimboldo to Van Gogh. Art lessons are held in the large, bright and airy Creative Arts room filled with a plethora of art materials to stimulate imagination and ideas. From Reception through to Year 6 the children have a dedicated Art Teacher. There are regular opportunities to participate in local and national art competitions. We regularly collaborate with a local art gallery which children visit and gain knowledge of locals artists. Additionally each year group gets an opportunity to create a front cover for a Mass sheet and artwork for other events in the school year.
In Year 6 there is the opportunity to become an Art Steward, a much sought-after position in the school community.
Design and Technology (D&T) allows pupils to use their creativity and imagination to respond to real and relevant problems which combine a number of key skills needed in the real world.
D&T units are planned which link closely to your child's Cornerstones ILP and science learning, enabling them to more easily make the link between their STEM subjects. Through the D&T units, children have the opportunities within textiles, structure making, mechanics, paper crafts, food preparation, and electrics. Within all units of work, children are able to design, make, test (or taste!), and evaluate their products.
Children take part in competitions through their D&T work, and have a range of expert speakers to learn even more from, as well as some educational visits. Children are also able to join the STEM club after-school, where they may participate in challenges such as designing and making their own Bloodhound super car, or designing a marble roller-coaster!