‘The Creatives’ – Art, Music & Design Technology

Art Intent Statement

Art has a very important place in the curriculum at Boston Pioneers Academy.  Our world is an increasingly visually orientated one, and our art lessons aim to provide our pupils with both a way to explore the world around them and a means by which they can express their ideas and process their thoughts. It is an important form of cultural identity and therefore, has significance and meaning for all pupils.

Our art curriculum is designed to provide pupils with a range hands-on experiences, which are divided into skill areas: drawing, painting, collage, textiles, 3D design, printmaking, and digital media. Throughout their primary school art journey, our pupils will be presented with opportunities to use relevant materials, processes, techniques, and vocabulary to explore and discover first-hand the potential of different media and methods. Furthermore, the will subtly developed increased control of a range of art tools and materials.

Through our teaching of art, we aim to seek a balance between pupils using art as a form of personal imaginative expression and discovering the more formal elements of art.  In KS1, pupils are first introduced to the latter, i.e. the use of line, shape, tone, texture and colour, which are then revisited and further built upon throughout the remainder of their primary art journey and beyond.

As they learn, pupils will be exposed to a range of key artworks produced by a culturally and ethnically diverse range of artists, in a variety of styles. This in turn will allow our pupils to understand that art is made by all sorts of people, in a variety of ways and for them to feel represented by the art and artists they are exposed to.

Music Intent Statement

Music has a high profile in our school with learning being taught by subject-specialist teachers from EYFS upwards. To encourage the love of music further, all children have the opportunity to learn a musical instrument, facilitated through our Trust’s strong links with the Lincolnshire Music Service. During their primary school journey, we promote the importance of music by encouraging our pupils to perform in public, at one of our many musical events which include ‘Youth Voices’ and ‘BWAF Fest’.

The core concepts we seek to develop in our pupils through our Music teaching are:

  • Singing: To improve pupils’ internalisation of music through high-quality singing and listening.
  • Incorporate technology: To use technology to promote creativity and widen inclusion.
  • Playing music: To know how to read music, interpret performance directions (dynamics, tempo, and style) and to perform to an audience.
  • Composing music: To know how to respond to a stimulus to create music, improvise around a given scale or chord sequence and arrange music.
  • Listening and Analysing Music: To know how music has changed over time, learning about the ‘great composers’ and their works, developing the ability to pick out key elements of music through listening.

Design and Technology Intent Statement

Through our Design and Technology curriculum, we aim to inspire our pupils to create a range of structures, mechanisms, electrical systems, textile, and food products with a real-life purpose for our ever-changing world.

Whilst undertaking a variety of cross-curricular projects, pupils are taught to select and use appropriate tools safely and effectively to make a product. They are also encouraged to consider the effectiveness of their designs and provide constructive feedback to others when working as part of a team.

We have invested highly in developing a precise, progressive sequence of knowledge and skills which we feel our children need to be taught in DT. These are developed within each year, and across each key stage, to ensure the children are ‘progression ready’ by the end of primary and have a wealth of knowledge and skills to aid them in their future studies.

“DT is fun, we get to be creative and make things for our projects.” Ana, Y3

“In my last project we made a seasonal tart. I learnt that using too many onions made it taste horrible!” George, Y4

“I enjoy DT because we get to make things and test them to see if they work.” Viviana, Y5

DT Progression Skills Ladder

SMSC in Design Technology