Art and Design
Our Art curriculum develops creativity, sets challenges, engages and inspires children and equips them with the knowledge and skills to experiment invent and
create their own works of art, craft and design.
The curriculum has appropriate subject knowledge, skills and understanding to explore and investigate, create and evaluate artwork as set out in the National
Curriculum and so will enable the children to reach and exceed their potential at St Joseph’s Primary School.
Our children will understand how Catholic virtues and British Values relate to Art and design. Furthermore, our children will develop the skills to be able to think critically and develop a rigorous understanding of Art and design.
Our leader of Art, Design and Technology is Mrs Withnall.
"I love leading art and design in school because it allows children...
to use their creativity to produce creative work,
to explore their ideas
and, to record their experiences
through, drawing, painting, sculpture and other art, craft and design techniques."
Design and Technology
Design and Technology (or D.T.) should provide children with a real life context for learning. At St Joseph’s, we want to allow children to aspire to be more through creating opportunities for them in the wider world. Through the Design Technology curriculum, children should be inspired by engineers, designers, chefs and architects to enable them to create a range of structures, mechanisms, textiles, electrical systems and food products with a real life purpose.
Children will meet the National Curriculum expectations in Design Technology which will be taught by qualified, enthusiastic staff who will support children to develop mastery of concepts and inspire enthusiasm and interest in the subject.
Children will develop a deep understanding of the subjects they are studying. They will increasingly use their prior knowledge to solve problems and develop their ideas.
Children will understand how Catholic virtues and British Values relate to Design Technology.
Our Design Technology leader is also Mrs Withnall.
"I love leading Design Technology in school because it allows children to develop:
and, the practical expertise needed to perform everyday tasks with confidence and success in a technological world.
I would love to see some of our children becoming inventors and problem solvers in the future."
‘Music is all around us. It is the soundtrack to our lives. Music connects us through people and places in our ever-changing world. It is creative, collaborative, celebratory and challenging. In our schools, music can bring communities together through the shared endeavour of whole-school singing, ensemble playing, experimenting with the creative process and, through the love of listening to friends and fellow pupils, performing. The sheer joy of music making can feed the soul of a school community, enriching each student while strengthening the shared bonds of support and trust which make a great school.’ (DfE Model Music Curriculum 2021)
At St Joseph’s we have a rich, diverse music curriculum believing that pupils should be inspired to develop a love of music that increases their self confidence, creativity and sense of achievement.
Beginning in Reception, the children learn to sing nursery rhymes and experiment with rhythm, pitch and duration. Key Stage One children use their voices and untuned percussion to create, select and combine sounds. They move and listen to a wide range of music, recognising instruments and voices as well as acknowledging their own tastes. In Key Stage Two, skills develop to include opportunities to learn to play the glockenspiel and ukulele. The whole school is supported by the fabulous staff from Stockport Music Service, teaching weekly sessions and provide additional live performance opportunities.
Our music leader is Mrs Kinder.
"My passion is music.
Outside of school I play flute with the Werneth Concert Band, play piano (although a bit rusty) and drive my family to distraction with my singing! Without the inspiration from amazing music teachers and musical experiences, I would not be the person I am today. Over the years, I have led the choir to sing in Stockport, at Christmas in particular.
Pupils have also sung with Young Voices at the Manchester Arena and performed with other Stockport Schools at the Museum of Science and Industry.
Every child deserves the chance to express themselves creatively. Music transports us into the wider world and frees us. Appreciating music is scientifically proven to boost your brain, mood and learning."