ART, DESIGN AND TECHNOLOGY
The teaching of ADT at Kenton College provides a rigorous creative environment, where the multiplicity of art, design and making activities are experienced in order to develop perceptual skills and lead to visual and tactile sensitivity.
All Kenton College pupils are given the opportunity to be creative and develop their artistic skills in a safe and supportive environment. They are encouraged to be imaginative and experimental and to find their individual talents in this subject. Above all they are encouraged to believe in themselves and their creativity. KS2 and KS3 pupils have a double lesson once a week under the guidance of enthusiastic specialist teachers whose different training allows the pupils to have a broader understanding of the subject.
The pupils are able to experiment in different media and have the opportunity to showcase their talents in the yearly Kenton College Art Exhibition. Drawing, painting, printing and mixed media are all used by the pupils to explore and learn throughout their time here. Creativity is very important, as is drawing from life and there are often opportunities to do cross curriculum projects. Art is also encouraged outside of the timetable with afternoon craft projects, trips to galleries and weekend drawing trips as well as meeting and working with Kenyan artists.
In Design and Technology opportunities are provided for pupils to combine their design and making skills with their knowledge and understanding, to create high-quality products. We enable pupils to actively contribute to the creativity, culture, wealth and well-being of themselves and their community. We encourage them to take calculated risks and become more resourceful, innovative and enterprising.
Pupils develop a critical understanding of the impact of Design and Technology on daily life and the wider world. As they develop and apply judgements of an aesthetic, economic, moral, social, and technical nature both in their own design and when evaluating the work of others.
Design and Technology is taught from Years 5 to 8 and in each year group pupils complete two to three projects. Each project provides a new skill and challenge; current projects include packaging design, clocks, thermometers and windchimes. Creativity is key to the subject area and this is nurtured across the department as each pupil is given encouragement to explore and develop their own ideas. Pupils also appreciate, through designing and manufacturing each product, that Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Maths are subjects that have a strong grounding within Design and Technology. The purpose-built teaching environment allows pupils access to a fully equipped workshop with tools, machinery and computer-aided design capabilities, including pottery.