art, design technology and music
How we teach Art and Design
Our pupils have access to a creative and varied art and design curriculum. Pupils learn to appreciate and develop their skills in drawing, painting and sculpture, using a range of media. Children learn about a wide range of artists and study key aspects of their style and technique. Pupils are given time to practise and embed specific skills before using these in their own final pieces. Pupils are supported to reflect upon, respond to and evaluate both their own work and the work of others.
How we teach Design and Technology
In Design & Technology lessons children learn about the design process and are able to problem solve creatively. Pupils are given a specific design brief and then spend time researching existing products, learning how things work. They then use this information to develop designs, create prototypes and harness their own ideas. Pupils gain experience in using specific tools and techniques and build their ability to evaluate their own products, adapting their work as they go.
At Collingwood we are very aware that most of our children's geographical and cultural knowledge is limited to where they have been on holiday. In order to address this, some of our art/design contexts make reference to a local or unfamiliar international source.
Information about your child's learning in art and design this term can be found on their class page on this website.
How we teach Music
Music is usually taught weekly using the Charanga music scheme. Children develop a range of listening, composing, performing and appreciation skills across a range of musical instruments and genres. All children have the opportunity to take up private tuition in guitar (acoustic or electric), piano or keyboard, and other instruments requested. A weekly singing assembly is led by a music specialist and the school participates in various community singing and musical events. Throughout the year children participate in “taster” workshops and dance lessons led by specialists. We provide many opportunities for children to showcase their skills to a live audience, through instrumental concerts, end of year performances, class assemblies, annual performances by every child etc.
Information about your child's learning in music this term can be found in their "Supporting Learning Book" which should be kept in their book bag or on their class page on this website.