Individual creativity, imagination and expression of ideas are valued and nurtured in the Art Department at Gateway. Through weekly lessons in the Art room, specialist teachers encourage the children to develop and express their own ideas through a range of structured activities, teaching the children how to become independent artists, confident in choosing their own materials and talking about their work. They are taught to record their observations and imaginings in a variety of 2D and 3D work. They become aware of pattern, shape, texture and line, with an emphasis on drawing and mark making.
Art lessons are planned to enhance and support classroom topics and children develop an appreciation of art forms from different cultures and periods, often using these as a stimulus for their own work.
The National Gallery’s ‘Take One Picture’ project is embraced with enthusiasm by staff and pupils, from Preschool to Year 6. Across the curriculum, the children are inspired by lessons stimulated by one painting and this culminates in a celebration of work in a large exhibition.
Pupils also benefit greatly from working alongside professional artists who are invited into school to share their working methods with the children and Year 6 pupils enjoy a visit to the National Gallery.
Design and Technology
At Gateway, Design and Technology is taught as a specialist subject in a well-equipped and stimulating environment. It is a fun and exciting subject, using a range of materials, tools and techniques. Skills and concepts are explored through practical, hands-on projects, which are often linked to Science and Humanities topics. Past, present and future technologies are evaluated and provide the children with an inspiring platform for their own guided design work.
Projects this year have included growing strawberries and peas (year 1), felt making, weaving and papier-mâché elephants (year 2), fruity bunting and medieval books (year 3), moving rainforest minibeasts and wind-powered land yachts (year 4), bridge building and straw plaiting (year 5), leather Tudor purses and wire animal trophies (year 6).
Our Design and Technology curriculum aims to explore and enhance class topic work in small, friendly groups. Children are equipped with the skills, knowledge and confidence to discover the working world around them and encouraged to develop and share their own ideas and creations both in class and at home.