At Castle Camps School, we strive to give DT a purpose by making something (product) for someone (user) for some purpose. Pupils are taught that everything has been designed and made by somebody, and so we look at real-life examples of designers, chefs, engineers and technologists to inspire them and give them a reason for their learning and product-making. As much and wherever possible, we try to make cross-curricular links, including ICT, to provide a more rounded and purposeful curriculum.
In music, we try to access all the key areas as practically as possible. These areas are broadly speaking; performing, composing, listening, using musical notation and developing an understanding of the history of music. Throughout the school, children spend as much time as possible singing and playing instruments, and our listening and composing work often grow out of these experiences.
The two main changes which have taken place as we have moved to the new curriculum are firstly a greater focus on using musical notation and secondly gaining an understanding of the history of music.
Art and Design
All children have a wide range of creative abilities. We believe that success in one area of the curriculum can encourage success in others. Therefore we aim to develop the unique creative capacities of all children and adults who are stake holders in our school. Through developing young peoples’ capacities for critical and creative thinking and action, we recognise their potential for creative achievement in all aspects of school life and beyond.