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Art

Creativity is intelligence having fun! – Albert Einstein

At Oakington Manor we aim to provide our pupils with a broad, balanced, visual and tactile education in which every child will be able to achieve the best of their ability. All pupils in each year groups have opportunities to progress in six main areas of learning: Drawing, Painting, Collage, Textiles, Printmaking and 3D work. We ensure that all children have equal access to Art and Design Technology by following the International Primary Curriculum (IPC) alongside the National Curriculum Programmes of Study. We endeavour to create an atmosphere in which every child feels secure and highly motivated to work and succeed in. We feel that all children have the right to explore, communicate, express and appreciate feelings and ideas not only through spoken and written language, but also through the expressive and aesthetic media of art, craft and design.

We believe that each child’s visual literacy should be encouraged and that an awareness of the role played by the images, symbols and artefacts in the community and wider world is of vital importance. We believe that art, craft and design, are an essential part of a child’s education and continue to imbed these values by teaching Art across the curriculum particularly throughout History and Geography topics. As pupils progress, they are be able to think critically and develop a more rigorous understanding of art and design. They will know how art and design both reflect and shape our history, and contribute to the culture, creativity and wealth of our nation.

Art and design is not just a subject to learn, but an activity that you can practice with your hands, your eyes, your whole personality. – Quentin Blake, children’s Illustrator

Design Technology

Design Technology is an exciting subject at Oakington Manor Primary School which encompasses a range of subjects in one, from science to art and maths to history. The children develop a broad range of subject knowledge and draw on disciplines such as mathematics, science, engineering, computing and art.

“Design is where science and art break even.” Robin Mathew

  • The Design and Technology curriculum at Oakington Manor School allows children to use creativity and imagination to design and make products that solve real and relevant problems within a variety of contexts. The children also have to consider their own and others’ needs, wants and values when planning the object they are designing to make whether it be a musical instrument or biscuits.
  • Pupils learn how to take risks, become resourceful, evaluate, suggest improvements and make a range of useful objects using a range of equipment such as saw, file and wood.
  • Throughout the academic year, every year group from Nursery to Year 6 will carry out a cooking topic either as a standalone design technology lesson or as a cross curricular link to another theme.
  • Through the evaluation of past and present design and technology, the children develop a critical understanding of its impact on daily life and the wider world. High-quality design and technology education makes an essential contribution to the creativity, culture, wealth and well-being of the nation.

“Design and technology should be the subject where mathematical brainboxes and science whizzkids turn their bright ideas into useful products.” James Dyson

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