Art and Design Technology
Our curriculum design ensures that Art and Technology learning play an important role in every topic studied. To engage children at the start of a topic, they undertake ‘The Art Part’ which is an art focused lesson used to stimulate children’s interest and ideas around a theme. Children will then learn about artists and different artistic skills and effects through our thematic learning - skills are taught progressively and children are exposed to a broad range of art.
Every term, the children also have an opportunity to enter an Art competition. This focuses on an artist or genre of art and the children create their own interpretations of that. This artwork is then displayed around the school. Lesson time is also devoted to this so that the children can explore making their creations.
In 2019, Viking Academy Trust ran it's first Trust-wide art competition. We were lucky enough to use a real gallery space in Ramsgate to display the wonderful entries.
Art is also used throughout the curriculum to inspire learning and thinking. In particular, art will be inspired from the books that the children read. This enables children to explore reading through artwork, which deepens their understanding of texts as well as stimulating their creativity as a result.
Design technology features in every topic taught. Children explore products linked to their learning theme, discuss and experiment with prototypes and then use their learning to inform a variety of product design - from pizza boxes to insect homes. They use a range of technology skills progressively to make quality products, evaluating and collaborating with others throughout.
The school is lucky enough to have its own kitchen area for the children to use. This ensures that we are able to teach food hygiene alongside healthy eating, give children opportunities to experience, and learn cooking skills. This will also extend throughout the curriculum – and cooking will often be used in both Maths and English lessons as a practical element of learning.