This half term I have been teaching art with Year 1. Far from just being an art project, this work has shown how vital DT in helping children apply what they have learned in core subjects.
this art project, our topic has been the Chinese Dragon Boat festival,
celebrated by Chinese communities around the world in early summer. We
even had one here in Leeds!
trickiest part was attaching the corks to the inside that would help
the boats float on water. It took a lot of trial and error using a water
tray to get it just right. The children did a fantastic job and have
really enjoyed it.
just goes to show how vital art and DT are to children's learning - not
only do they draw in creative aspects of learning, completing a project
like this requires knowledge of science, maths and personal skills such
as creative problem solving and resilience.