Art, craft and design embody some of the highest forms of human creativity and here at Cloudside Academy, we want our children to develop a love of learning and to be curious about the world around them. Art is essentially a means of communication and plays an important part in children’s creative and sensory development. It is the expression and appreciation of ideas, thoughts and feelings through a variety of two and three-dimensional media. It allows children to make thoughtful judgements about life and helps them to shape the environment and also to understand how Art has both reflected and shaped the history of our nation. This will enable them to be resilient, independent and life-long learners with skills that they can apply both within their time in education and beyond.
Design and Technology makes a unique contribution to the development of the child and develops within them valuable transferable skills for life. A high-quality design and technology education should engage, inspire and challenge pupils, equipping them with the knowledge and skills to use their initiative, be organised, communicate effectively, innovate, analyse and work as part of an effective team as well as develop a more rigorous understanding of design and technology. Pupils should also know how design and technology both reflect and shape our history, and contribute to the culture, creativity and wealth of our nation.
All of our children at Cloudside Academy are to be encouraged to enjoy and appreciate design and technology, to respond and express themselves creatively to a variety of stimuli linked to the curriculum map and creative curriculum.
Design and technology prepares children to take part in the development of tomorrow’s rapidly changing world. It engages them in a thought process which allows them to understand the importance of design in their everyday lives. Creative thinking encourages children to make positive changes to their quality of life.
The subject enables children to become autonomous learners, and learners who problem-solve regularly. It enables them to identify needs and opportunities and to respond by developing ideas and eventually making products and systems.
Through the study of design and technology children combine practical skills with an understanding of aesthetic, social and environmental issues, as well as functions and industrial practises. This allows them to reflect on and evaluate present and past design and technology, its uses and its impacts. Design and technology helps all children to become informed consumers and potential future innovators.
Pupils use their creativity and imagination. It is a thoroughly cross curricular subject where skills from science, maths, computing and art are all used.