Art, craft and design embody some of the highest forms of human creativity. A high-quality art and design education should engage, inspire and challenge pupils, equipping them with the knowledge and skills to experiment, invent and create their own works of art, craft and design. As pupils progress, they should be able to think critically and develop a more rigorous understanding of art and design. They should also know how art and design both reflect and shape our history, and contribute to the culture, creativity and wealth of our nation.
Details of the Programme of Study for English can be found here:
The national curriculum for art and design aims to ensure that all pupils:
• produce creative work, exploring their ideas and recording their experiences
• become proficient in drawing, painting, sculpture and other art, craft and design techniques
• evaluate and analyse creative works using the language of art, craft and design
• know about great artists, craft makers and designers, and understand the historical and cultural development of their art forms.
• to use a range of materials creatively to design and make products
• to use drawing, painting and sculpture to develop and share their ideas, experiences and imagination
• to develop a wide range of art and design techniques in using colour, pattern, texture, line, shape, form and space
• about the work of a range of artists, craft makers and designers, describing the differences and similarities between different practices and disciplines, and making links to their own work.
• to develop their techniques, including their control and their use of materials, with creativity, experimentation and an increasing awareness of different kinds of art, craft and design.
• to create sketch books to record their observations and use them to review and revisit ideas
• to improve their mastery of art and design techniques, including drawing, painting and sculpture with a range of materials [for example, pencil, charcoal, paint, clay]
• about great artists, architects and designers in history.
Brian Bocking says “If you don’t know the difference between theology and religious
studies, then you’re a theologian.”
One may ask; why do we do Religious Studies in School? Is studying Religious Studies relevant today? Are we trying to make our children religious?
Studying RS helps us to understand other people’s beliefs and why they do the things they do. It helps us to decide what values are important to us and why. It helps us draw the line between Political and Religious activities. Questions bothering people’s minds such as; Is there God? Is there life after death? What is the purpose of life? Why does God allow suffering? etc, are all addressed in Religious Studies.
IGCSE Religious Studies is an interesting course in which you look at topics such as Christian beliefs, Muslim or Jewish beliefs, their ways of life, justice, crime and punishment; family life and marriage, the roles of men and women in the society, the concept of life after death, religious pilgrimage and historic places and many others. It enlightens and removes the ignorance that causes prejudice, hatred and violence.