Art is taught throughout the whole school to all pupils. We develop opportunities for all children to learn to be artists through a variety of different mediums.  We aim to inspire all children to create their own models, paintings and drawings using their imagination by observing the methods of other artists and by developing their own unique style.  The children are encouraged to be creative learners and build on their skills and art techniques year on year through the different topics and artist’s studied.

The children will have the opportunity to use a wide range of resources: hard and soft pencils, pencil and wax coloured crayons, wet and dry paper, inks, paints, colour mixing, charcoal, oil pastels, watercolours, collage using different textures, mod rock, clay and tie-dye. Over time, pupils learn to appreciate which medium is most suited to the intentions of their artwork. Art is an important form of expression and at Rush Common we aim for children to become self-aware, empathetic and able to develop their own opinions on a variety of artist’s work.  We aim for all the children to be confident learners, to work independently and with perseverance to become the best artist that they can and develop a good understanding of what Art means.

Design and Technology is taught through all year groups in the school with the children developing skills as they progress throughout the years. Each year, the children will complete at least two large DT projects, with many other aspects of Design and Technology being incorporated into other areas of the curriculum.

In Reception, the children will begin to construct basic models and as they progress into Key Stage 1 they will use a range of tools and techniques to develop a multitude of products including cooked dishes, wooden models and basic sewing skills. In Key Stage 2, the children will further build on these skills creating more detailed and complicated designs, while using a wider range of tools and skills. These will include detailed models, more complex cross stitch sewing and more advanced cooking skills.

Design and Technology allows the children to develop a range of skills that not only incorporates practical skills such as cutting, shaping, joining and finishing products, but it also develops skills such as communication through sharing ideas and supporting others, creativity in design, trial and error and evaluation of their own and others work. This provides children with the opportunity to build on skills from previous years and other subjects to develop a range of life skills for the future. While some aspects of Design and Technology can be tricky for children, this develops their perseverance and determination to improve their skills, confidence and knowledge.