We have a strong commitment and history of promotion of the creative curriculum at Hatch Warren Infant School. Children are offered the experience of working with a variety of media in order to develop an awareness of pattern, line, shape, colour and texture. Art, Craft and Design are developed through activities involving investigation, making, knowledge and understanding. Through encouraging observational skills, children can be helped to appreciate the natural world, thus helping to develop their practical skills in other areas of the curriculum. They are encouraged to appreciate and to appraise their own work initially and then those of others with sensitivity and respect. To help the children in expressing their ideas and opinions, the work and styles of various artists are also explored. At the heart of Technology is problem solving which stretches right across the curriculum. It is a way of learning which encourages children to put their ideas into action and is every bit as important as reading, writing and mathematics. As attitudes form early in life, it is important that understanding in technology is introduced in the Infant School and in ways that are appropriate to the young child’s development and personal experience. The technology we teach is about making things that work and that have a clearly seen relevance to real life situations. Children quickly learn to follow a pattern of investigation which starts with determining a need and is followed by suggesting a solution, selecting a way forward, making something and finally testing whether the need has been met. Working in this way children have an opportunity to discover the properties and application of a wide variety of materials. They also learn and develop the ability to think logically, work together, communicate ideas and findings and to use with safety and confidence a variety of tools and equipment. Drama is also an important area of the curriculum. Role play, dramatic play, imaginative play and improvised drama all have a vital part to play in helping children to make sense of the world they live in. The designated role play areas are changed regularly to reflect the themes the children are focusing on.
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