Blue Coat pupils enjoy one lesson a week of Creative Arts, a termly rotation between Art and Design and Design Technology. Both subjects are taught by the Head of Creative Arts.
Creativity is expressed through many aspects of the curriculum and during lessons pupils are given the opportunity to explore and develop their ideas. The works of famous artists provide inspiration and offer grounding in the history of art. Pupils contemplate work by contemporary artists, as well as art from different cultures.
In the Creative Arts, our children are encouraged to be independent learners within a no-fail subject and mistakes are seen as an opportunity to be creative. Many cross-curricular links with other subject areas are also developed to enhance their learning. ICT is embedded in the curriculum and provides the opportunity for research and digital manipulation.
Design Technology provides pupils with the opportunity to combine creativity and technology in order to produce well-finished products for a specific user. Pupils analyse and investigate a wide range of items discovering what they are made from and how they work. They carry out focused practical ‘design and make’ tasks using a range of techniques and machinery in textiles, ceramics and woodwork. They learn how to use a variety of tools safely and effectively in order to complete the design and make assignments.
Food Technology is taught once every term, and the main project takes places during the Trinity term.
The lessons are a combination of investigation, product analysis, recipe designing and the practical cooking tasks.
Healthy eating, nutrition and food groups form an important part of the curriculum. When designing, the pupils are encouraged to consider the needs of the user and to design food products for a purpose. Food safety, hygiene and safe working practices are embedded within the lessons.
Ingredients are provided and a majority of the food products are taken home.
Food technology is a very popular part of the Creative Arts curriculum and we aim to foster an appreciation of food, flavour, cooking and of course, eating!