‘Creativity is putting your imagination to work, and it’s produced the most extraordinary results in human culture’.
Sir Ken Robinson
Art, craft and design embody some of the highest forms of human creativity. A high-quality art and design education should engage, inspire and challenge pupils, equipping them with the knowledge and skills to experiment, invent and create their own works of art, craft and design. As pupils progress, they should be able to think critically and develop a more rigorous understanding of art and design. They should also know how art and design both reflect and shape our history, and contribute to the culture, creativity and wealth of our nation.
– National Curriculum
What is the FHC Craft Curriculum?
At Fieldhead Carr we have a creative curriculum to allow children to build confidence in their creativity and appreciate the value in other makers and artists. This way of learning facilitates children to work with others and independently in the ‘plan, do and review’ process. Our children are taught that creativity is taking risks and experimenting with areas of the Art and Design Technology curriculum that are more than just line drawing and 2D form. All skills are carefully planned into the following areas of learning: textiles, paper craft, sewing, woodwork, gardening, upcycling and re-using, cooking, 3D modelling, construction, ceramics, metal work and baking. The children will be confident to value their creative output throughout their life and perhaps find a skill and a passion for some form of creative craft. Getting involved with the Arts has a powerful and lasting effect on mental health, self-image and well-being. We hope to develop this in our children during their time with us.
We have adapted an inspirational and exciting way to teach the National Curriculum subjects of Art and Design Technology through the FHC Craft Curriculum. This curriculum maps out a range of skill based projects that begins in Nursery and progresses throughout school to Year 6. This is an enquiry led model with frequent enrichment opportunities that focuses on making learning relevant and meaningful incorporating practical experiences for our children.
Our craft classroom
Studying arts subjects help to develop critical thinking and the ability to interpret the world around us. We feel this is paramount to our children being able to express themselves, think freely and develop individual independence. We are lucky at FHC to have a creative classroom in our school to facilitate our craft curriculum and celebrate our work.
Coverage of skills
The craft curriculum projects are carefully linked to the Art and Design Technology progression of skills to ensure National Curriculum coverage. We are lucky to have an on-site Art specialist who works with the children to develop specific art skills that are taught explicitly outside of the craft curriculum.