Art and D&T at The Minster

Art and Design at The Minster

At The Minster Junior School, we value every child. We seek to provide a rich and relevant curriculum for all pupils, regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, religion, disability etc. The curriculum taught will prepare our children to become full and active citizens in an ethnically and culturally diverse society. The art curriculum seeks to challenge stereotypes based on gender, race or ability and provides equal access and educational outcomes for all pupils.

Throughout the school, art and design is seen as a way of exploring ideas, concepts and cultural differences but children’s inherent and perceptual skills.

Children will have opportunities to work in a variety of media such as observational drawing and painting, printmaking, charcoal, textiles and clay. Children are taught to develop and improve their mastery of techniques, including their control and their use of materials, with creativity, experimentation and an increasing awareness of different kinds of art, craft and design.

They will be introduced to the work of artists and crafts people through books, pictures,  museum and gallery visits and will keep on-going sketchbooks as a visual diary and record of their work and ideas throughout their time at The Minster Junior School.

All children are invited to special projects in school to extend and showcase their talents. 

We are lucky enough to have some talented artists at the school, and our resident artist and art leader Mr Saunders, takes weekly workshops to support the children's topic work. We have an artist of the week award in worship every week and and artist of the year award. A summer trip to a concert at Wembley Arena for some of our winners. 

You can see some of their work around our school, even some in public spaces around Croydon centre due to some art competition winners and in the image gallery.

Click here to see the skills progression framework for Art.


Design and Technology at The Minster

Our vision at The Minster Junior school for Design and Technology is that all pupils will be given opportunity to express themselves aesthetically, technologically, economically and socially by producing quality work, that can be displayed. We incorporate Design and Technology within the class topic whenever possible, whilst realising that specific skills need to be taught to ensure that the correct use is made of tools and materials. All children complete a design and make task each term and D.T. Day each year gives additional opportunities for assessment and curriculum coverage. Design and Technology requires pupils to apply skills and knowledge acquired from a range of subjects. It is directly concerned with generating ideas, making, doing and evaluating. At The Minster Junior school, it is our aim to increase the child's awareness and understanding of D.T. and its significance in society and their surrounding environment. We also aim to give pupils a sense of enjoyment and pride in their ability to design, make, stay safe and healthy.

Click here to see the skills progression framework for DT.