Arts

Art & Design

In Key Stage 1, pupils are 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 wider range of art and design techniques in using colour, pattern, texture, line, shape, form and space

  • 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.

Pupils will be taught the Knowledge, Skills and Understanding for the following areas:

  • Drawing

  • Painting

  • Printing

  • Textiles

  • 3D

  • Collage

  • Use of IT

In Key Stage 2, pupils are taught

  • to develop their techniques, including their control and their use of materials with experimentation and an increasing awareness of different kinds of art, craft and design

  • to create sketch books to record their observations and use them to review and revisit ideas

  • to improve their mastery of art and design techniques including drawing, painting and sculpture with a range of materials (eg pencil, charcoal, paint, clay)

  • about the greatest artists, architects and designers in history

Pupils will be taught the Knowledge, Skills and Understanding for the following areas:

  • Drawing

  • Painting

  • Printing

  • Sketchbooks

  • 3D/Textiles

  • Collage

  • Use of IT

All pupils get to experience 'Art Week' each year and contribute their work in a whole school 'Art Exhibition'.

Design Technology

Through a variety of creative and practical activities, pupils are taught the knowledge, understanding and skills needed to engage in the process of designing and making. They work in a range of relevant contexts, (for example the home and school, gardens and playgrounds, the local community, leisure, culture, industry and the wider environment).  As part of their work with food, pupils are taught how to cook and apply the principles of nutrition and healthy eating.

 

In Key Stage 1, children develop an understanding of the design, make and evaluate process when creating their products.

 

When designing and making, pupils are taught to:

  • design purposeful, functional, appealing products for themselves and other users based on design criteria

  • generate, develop, model and communicate their ideas through talking, drawing, templates, mock-ups and, where appropriate, information and communication technology

  • select from and use a range of tools and equipment to perform practical tasks, (or example, cutting, shaping, joining and finishing)

  • select from and use a wide range of materials and components, including construction materials, textiles and ingredients, according to their characteristics

  • explore and evaluate a range of existing products

  • evaluate their ideas and products against design criteria

  • build structures, exploring how they can be made stronger, stiffer and more stable

  • explore and use mechanisms, (for example levers, sliders, wheels and axles), in their products.

  • use the basic principles of a healthy and varied diet to prepare dishes understand where food comes from.

 

They will develop these skills in the following areas:

  • Cooking and Nutrition

  • Textiles

  • Mechanisms

  • Use of Materials

  • Construction

 

In Key Stage 2, pupils further embed the design, make and evaluate cycle when creating their products.

 

When designing and making, pupils are taught to:

  • use research and develop design criteria to inform the design of innovative, functional, appealing products that are fit for purpose, aimed at particular individuals or groups.

  • generate, develop, model and communicate their ideas through discussion, annotated sketches, cross-sectional and exploded diagrams, prototypes, pattern pieces and computer-aided design.

  • select from and use a wider range of tools and equipment to perform practical tasks, such as cutting, shaping, joining and finishing, accurately

  • select from and use a wider range of materials and components, including construction materials, textiles and ingredients, according to their functional properties and aesthetic qualities

  • investigate and analyse a range of existing products

  • evaluate their ideas and products against their own design criteria and consider the views of others to improve their work

  • understand how key events and individuals in design and technology have helped shape the world

  • apply their understanding of how to strengthen, stiffen and reinforce more complex structures

  • understand and use mechanical systems in their products, (for example as gears, pulleys, cams, levers and linkages)

  • understand and use electrical systems in their products, (for example series circuits incorporating switches, bulbs, buzzers and motors)

  • apply their understanding of computing to programme, monitor and control their products.

  • understand and apply the principles of a healthy and varied diet

  • prepare and cook a variety of predominantly savoury dishes using a range of cooking techniques

  • understand seasonality, and know where and how a variety of ingredients are grown, reared, caught and processed.

 

They will develop these skills in the following areas:

  • Cooking and Nutrition

  • Textiles

  • Electrical and mechanical components

  • Stiff and flexible sheet materials

  • Mouldable materials

Music

All pupils take part in weekly music lessons.

Most lessons are delivered by a specialist music teacher.

All lessons include active music making, singing and lots of participation.

Links between the art subjects and others are constantly made, eg singing a maths song, making sounds with DT resources or using a painting as an inspiration for composing.

The Music Express scheme ensures each year group receive a balanced musical diet of topics and the pupils perform regularly in class assemblies to showcase their progress in music.

singing assemblies for each key stage take place weekly and offer the opportunity to learn new songs and hymns for regular acts of worship.

Pupils in Key Stage 2 learn the ukelele as part of their curriculum music lessons.

Musical serenades take place every term where pupils can perform on their instruments, perform street dance and ballet.  Peripatetic teachers support these events which display a wide ranging musical talent within the school. Our serenades include performances by string players, oboe, saxophone, flute, piano, trombone, trumpet, keyboard and the school choir.

The Year 5 and 6 members of the school choir sang at the Royal Albert Hall as part of the Hertfordshire Schools' Gala.  This involved extra rehearsals to learn the 'If I had wings' music telling the story of Icarus.  It was an amazing event and one which the pupils will remember for a lifetime.

Year 4 attended a concert at the Watford Colosseum where they heard the BBC Concert Orchestra play music from the Ten Pieces project.  The pupils had an wonderful time watching the performance and joined in with other schools singing in a vocal piece with the orchestra entitled 'No Place Like'. The pupils were truly inspired by hearing the orchestra perform.

The school took part in the Junior Rock Challenge event held at Stevenage.  Rehearsals took place during the Autumn and Spring terms and required extra weekend rehearsals.  A large staff team coordinated the event and the pupils worked together to come up with the theme and ideas for the dance.  The finished dance was a splendid team effort.

The Dacorum Symphony Orchestra made a visit to school and the pupils enjoyed hearing them play and had opportunities to ask questions about the instruments.

The Year 3 and 4 team produced a fabulous production of the Lion King.  Parents supported with fantastic costumes and the show demonstrated how the ARTS are thriving here at South Hill Primary School.

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