These activities have a variety of curriculum links, mainly through Design & Technology but, as all teachers know, you can incorporate challenging and exciting projects into any area of the curriculum if you are prepared to be innovative!
For example, undertaking the craft activities will incorporate speaking and listening as part of the English curriculum and might lead onto writing for specific purposes, such as explaining processes or marketing products.
There are links to geography as craft activities can be used to promote recognition of how people affect the environment. History takes on board the development of the crafts and pupils can be encouraged to think about how craft work represents and interprets the past. Classroom work, including making, could be supplemented with visits to workshops or museums to investigate other sources of information.
Craft is particularly useful to teach maths via the use and application of shape, space and measures. In problem solving in craft work, pupils will learn the need for standard units of measurement, selection and use of appropriate calculation skills to solve geometrical problems.
You can use crafts to compare everyday materials and objects on the basis of their material properties, including hardness, strength, and flexibility, and to relate these properties to other everyday uses of the materials. Crafts can be used to explore reversible and non-reversible changes in materials.
Many crafts use natural materials, and thus are an opportunity in science to teach the topics of life cycle, plant growth, and about ways in which living things and the environment need protection.
Key Stage 2
Art & Design
- to improve their mastery of art and design techniques
Design & Technology
- work in a range of relevant contexts, such as the culture, enterprise and the wider environment
- select from and use a wider range of tools and equipment to perform practical tasks, such as cutting, shaping, joining and finishing, accurately
- select from and use a wider range of materials and components, including construction materials and textiles according to their functional properties and aesthetic qualities
- investigate and analyse a range of existing products
- understand how key individuals in design and technology have helped shape the world
- gain knowledge of language from nonfiction to support increasing fluency as readers, facility as writers, and comprehension
- learn new vocabulary
- discuss learning and develop wider skills in spoken language
Key Stage 3
Art & Design
- to use a range of techniques and media
- to increase their proficiency in the handling of different materials
- to analyse and evaluate their own work, and that of others, in order to strengthen the visual impact or applications of their work
Design & Technology
- work in a range of domestic and local contexts such as culture, and industrial contexts such as manufacturing and fashion
- select from and use specialist tools, techniques, processes, equipment and machinery precisely
- select from and use a wider, more complex range of materials and components taking into account their properties
- analyse the work of past and present professionals and others to develop and broaden their understanding
- understand developments in design and technology, its impact on individuals, society and the environment, and the responsibilities of designers