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Art and Design

At Westmeads,  we believe that every child is an artist and we seek to harness and promote the creativity of our children through regular art lessons and opportunities to work with a specialist teacher, other artists and the wider community.  We value the foundation subjects to add breadth and enrichment to our curriculum.  

 

Through our art and design curriculum we encourage the children at Westmeads to gain the knowledge and skills to experiment, invent and create their own works of art.  Lessons will sometimes link with other areas of the curriculum so the children can make connections or use a particular context to explore an area of focus.  

 

All children have their own sketchbook in which their can record their learning throughout their time at the school.   The school has access to a rich range of resources including a kiln room on the school site and close proximity to local art galleries and artist.

 

At Key Stage One the children will be taught in art to:

  • produce creative work, exploring their ideas and recording their experiences creatively to design and make products
  • become proficient in drawing, painting, sculpture and other art, craft and design techniques to develop and share their ideas, experiences and imagination
  • develop a wide range of art and design techniques in using colour, pattern, texture, line, shape, form and space
  • evaluate and analyse creative works using the language of art, craft and design
  • 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.

At Westmeads School we have a specialist art teacher working with the children to develop their artist skills and inspired their creativity through art.  

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Design and Technology

At Westmeads we encourage the children to gain the knowledge and skills to experiment, invent and create their own designs.   Links are make with other curriculum areas to ensure skills are applied and developed in a variety of contexts. 

 

At Key Stage One, when the children are designing and making, they will be taught in design and technology to: 

 

Design

  • 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.

Make

  • select from and use a range of tools and equipment to perform practical tasks [for 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.

Evaluate

  • explore and evaluate a range of existing products.
  • evaluate their ideas and products against design criteria.

Technical knowledge

  • 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.

Cooking and nutrition

  • learn basic cooking skills to create savoury and sweet foods
  • learn about healthy food and diet
  • find out where food comes from.
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Cooking

The children have had the opportunity to visit Pizza Express to create their own individual pizzas from scratch, working alongside their chefs.

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Clubs

The children at Westmeads have the opportunity to develop their interests and skills in the arts.  Some of the clubs the school offers are Arts and Craft, Pottery and Animation club.

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Animation

Please click below to view animation that has been created by our pupils, as part of their enrichment activities.

Art Projects in the Local Community

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Over the years, the children at Westmeads have created class scarecrows to contribute to the annual Scarecrow Walk at either the Whitstable Castle or at Westgate Gardens in Canterbury.

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We participated in the Pudding Pan Project with other local schools inspired from an exhibition at the Turner Contemporary Gallery in Margate.

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We have exhibited our artwork at the local Horsebridge Art Gallery in Whitstable.   

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For the last few years we have created an Easter display for a local shop in Whitstable.

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