The inspiration and power of the arts play a vital role in enabling our children and young people to enhance their creative talent and develop their artistic skills. By engaging in experiences within the expressive arts, children and young people will recognise and represent feelings and emotions, both their own and those of others.
Design & Technology (DT)
We are so much surrounded by examples of 'consumer-led' or 'market-led' design in our everyday lives that it now appears to be a natural and inevitable aspect of our society. We are constantly interacting with an ever increasing range of products that have been designed and manufactured to meet our personal needs, keep us safe and improve our wellbeing. Designers and manufacturing companies are now very conscious of the impact that their new products will have on the environment and pay close attention to issues of sustainability. We all have a part to play in protecting our environment and should be encouraged to consider the six 'R's' of design: 'rethink, reuse, recycle, repair, reduce, and refuse', a 'circular economy' and a cradle-to-cradle approach with regard to the products we design, manufacture and use.
Learning in design and technology will ensure that children and young people develop their understanding of important themes such as the impact of technology, informed attitudes to technology, sustainability, and social, economic and ethical issues. These will underpin and continually reinforce learning within the subject. It will also help learners to develop their creativity and entrepreneurial skills as well as encouraging them to become innovative and critical designers of the future. These attributes are essential if, in the future, our children and young people are to play a major part in the global economy and embrace technological developments in the 21st century.
Music, in all its forms and types, is a part of everyone's life. Studying Music encourages self-motivation, independence and responsibility. It also develops co-ordination skills, communication skills, working with others and creativity. Music is a major industry and employer and it contributes significantly to the economy. Pupils who study Music will begin to appreciate and understand how it is created, leading to a life-long enthusiasm, fascination and enjoyment of the subject.
Mr D McMillan
Principal Teacher Curriculum (PTC) Art, DT & Music