Art and Design Technology

Art & Design

Within Art and Design at Highfurlong School, pupils aim to develop their creativity and expressive skills through exploring ideas, recording experiences, and producing imaginative work. All pupils are encouraged to explore a variety of fine art, craft, 2D and 3D work, and design techniques.

Pupils explore the work of existing artists, craft makers, and designers to influence their ideas through various different themes and topics across the key stages. Within key stage 3, pupils begin to record observations using sketchbooks or journals and aim to develop their skills in the handling of different materials.

As a school we work closely with different art organisations, take part in workshops and exhibit work through our links with the Grundy Art Gallery, and enter student’s work into local art competitions such as the Young Seasiders’ Exhibition.

At Key Stage 4 and 5, students will work towards gaining an Entry Level 3 Certificate in Art and Design through the Arts Award Explore. Students will also be given the opportunity to gain additional Entry Level 1 or 2 qualifications, as appropriate.

Design Technology

Students are encouraged to develop their creative, technical and practical skills in order to participate successfully in an increasing technological world. They will explore resistant materials, graphic design, textiles, and food technology by making prototypes and products for a variety of users.

Students are taught to design purposeful and functional products, make prototypes and final pieces using a range of tools and equipment, evaluate their products against existing designs, as well as develop their technical knowledge and understanding through a range of structures, mechanisms, and processes.

As part of their work with food, pupils are taught how to cook and apply the principles of nutrition and healthy eating. We have a fully fitted life skills room which meets the specific requirements of our pupils, with appliances and equipment that are tailored to suit their individual needs. Learning how to cook is a crucial life skill that enables our pupils to feed themselves and others affordably and well, now and in later life.

In addition to our extensive curriculum, we have access sublimation printing facilities, a T-shirt printing heat press, and our very own 3D printer. Using CAD/CAM software, students can use a wide range of materials to produce a variety of different 3D products and realise their ideas and designs.