“Design and Technology in primary school develops children’s skills and knowledge in design, structures, mechanisms, electrical control and a range of materials, including food. It encourages children’s creativity and encourages them to think about important issues.” https://www.data.org.uk/for-education/primary/
Last week, out Year 2’s got to design and create their own Festive Trees. First, we began the design process by drawing our trees the way we pictured them in our heads. Then, we labelled each part of our tree depicting exactly what materials we would like to make it out of. Colouring in was the next part of the process. We had to display our tree in the colours we wished to build and present it.
Once the design part of the process is done, the constructing stage begins. Each child was asked to bring in the various materials that they chose to use to build their tree. Many different type of materials were used. We had egg trays, cardboard boxes, coloured paper, festive decorations and various other exciting creative materials.
We had so much fun! The most beautiful part is that every single one of them is different and so lovely in its own way.
Year 2 Teacher
Art programs encourage students to be creative and use their imagination as much as possible. As this increased emphasis on creativity happens, children cherish new ways of thinking about the world in general. Needless to say, art programs are a critical aspect in helping students to magnify their understanding of their place in relation to the rest of the world they live in.
Additionally, students are also capable of developing an understanding and appreciation for different cultures, which can translate to an increased sense of tolerance and social acceptance.
The Cambridge IGCSE Art & Design syllabus aims to encourage a personal response by stimulating imagination, sensitivity, conceptual thinking, powers of observation and analytical ability. Students gain confidence and enthusiasm as they develop technical skills in two and three dimensional form and composition, and are able to identify and solve problems in visual and tactile forms. They also learn how to develop ideas from initial attempts to final solutions. An ideal foundation for further study, Cambridge IGCSE Art & Design also develops a greater awareness of the role played by the visual arts in society and in history, broadening cultural horizons and individual experience.
The Cambridge International AS and A-Level Art and Design syllabus considers expression and communication. Students gain an understanding of visual perception and aesthetic experience, and the ways in which art and design creates a language of its own. Most of the work for this syllabus is practical or studio based, so that students can develop their abilities of observation and analysis of the visual world, sensitivity, skill, personal expression and imagination. They also learn how to relate their skills to an enhanced knowledge of their own cultures, past and present, as well as an appreciation of practical design problems.
Students are often asked to “think outside the box” in terms of problem solving. Art programs encourage novelty and nonlinear thinking, skills that can be used not only in academic settings but in the professional world as well.
High School Art Teacher
In literacy the Year 1 students have been studying stories by the author John Prater. These stories have been about the characters, Bear Hedgehog and Dragon. The Story “What can we make?” was about Bear and Hedgehog making a robot.
This really appealed to the students therefor in our Design and Technology lesson the students constructed their own robots. They designed these robots at home and then brought recycled material to school to build their very own robot. During the building process many of the students found that their design needed modification as materials could not join as they anticipated.
It is interesting to watch the students collaborate ideas and materials to help solve design flaws.
Year 1 Teacher