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Art and Design

Respecting, Generous, Achieving 

Art and Design

Design and Technology


Art and Design

We believe Art and Design stimulates creativity and imagination. It provides visual, tactile and sensory experiences and a unique way of understanding and responding to the world around us.


Pupils at our school are encouraged to explore ideas and meanings in the work of artists, craftspeople and designers, learning about the diverse roles and functions of art, craft and design in contemporary life, and in different times and cultures.


When teaching Art and Design, our aims are:


  • To enable pupils to become visually literate
  • To use and understand Art as a form of tactile communication
  • To develop creative and technical skills so that ideas can be realised
  • To develop pupils’ aesthetic sensibilities and enable them to make informed judgements about art
  • Develop pupils’ design capability
  • To have confidence and competence in reading and evaluating visual images and artefacts to develop pupils’ ability
  • To articulate and communicate ideas, opinions and feelings about their own work, and that of others


A ‘Skills Progression’ document for Art and Design provides a whole school overview of how our pupils grow as artists as they move through each year group. Teachers use this document to ensure skills coverage within six key aspects of Art and Design:


  • Drawing
  • Colour
  • Texture
  • Form
  • Printing
  • Pattern


Used as a planning tool to meet the individual needs of each learner, the skills progression document is integrated within topic links. This ensures that while the topic (context) may change, the progression in learning and application of Art and Design skills remains consistent.


As pupils progress through different topic areas, they have the opportunity to work independently, as well as in collaboration with others. Pupils create individual masterpieces and are also encouraged to comment on and suggest improvements to their own work, as well as that of others.


We look for opportunities to work with artists, both in school or in galleries and museums, in order to give pupils first hand experiences. Art and Design is also developed through outdoor learning.


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In the past we have worked with the Stained Glass Museum in Ely, The Sainsbury Centre and with many local artists. Pupils have also invited families and friends into school to visit their Art Gallery, a biannual event that now provides us with the opportunity to share and celebrate art alongside our partner school, All Saints Academy, Stoke Ferry.


Design and Technology


We believe that design and technology prepares children to take part in the development of tomorrow’s rapidly changing world. 'Creative thinking' produces 'creative problem solvers', both as individuals and as a team. Our pupils are taught to reflect, evaluate and improve their work all in the context of real life scenarios liked to topic learning.


When teaching Design and Technology our aims are:


  • To develop imaginative thinking in children and to enable them to talk about what they like and dislike when designing and making;
  • To enable children to talk about how things work and to draw, model and write about their ideas;
  • To encourage children to select appropriate tools and techniques for making a product, whilst following safe procedures;
  • To encourage children to use the correct vocabulary and terminology when designing, making and evaluating their products;
  • To explore attitudes towards the ‘made’ world and how we live and work within it;
  • To develop an understanding of technological processes, products and their manufacture, as well as their contribution to our society;
  • To foster enjoyment, satisfaction and purpose in designing and making.



Art and Design

Design and Technology


Teaching and Learning

Our school uses a variety of teaching and learning styles in art and design and design and technology lessons. The principal aim is to develop children’s knowledge, skills and understanding. Teachers ensure that the children apply their knowledge and understanding when developing ideas, planning and making products/works of art and then evaluating them. We do this through a mixture of whole-class teaching and individual/group activities. Within lessons, we give children the opportunity both to work on their own and to collaborate with others, listening to other children’s ideas and treating these with respect. Children critically evaluate existing products, their own work and that of others. They have the opportunity to use a wide range of materials and resources, including I.C.T.


In all classes there are children of differing ability. We provide suitable learning opportunities for all children by matching the challenge of the task to the ability of the child. We achieve this through a range of strategies:


  • Setting common tasks that are open-ended and can have a variety of results;
  • Setting tasks of varying difficulty, enabling all children to work to their full potential;
  • Grouping children as appropriate to the task;
  • Providing a range of challenges using different resources;
  • Using additional adults to support the work of individual children or small groups;
  • Relating the designing and making process to other areas of the curriculum (particularly English and Maths) and to everyday life.


The Early Years Foundation Stage (E.Y.F.S)

In the E.Y.F.S we encourage the development of skills, knowledge and understanding that help reception children make sense of their world as an integral part of the school’s work. As the reception class is part of the E.Y.F.S National Curriculum, we relate the development of the children’s knowledge and understanding of the world to the objectives set out in the Early Learning Goals. This learning forms the foundations for later work in design and technology. We provide a range of experiences that encourage exploration, observation, problem solving, critical thinking and discussion. These activities, indoors and outdoors, attract the children’s interest and curiosity.



Teachers assess children’s work in art and design and design and technology by making assessments as they observe them working during lessons. They record the progress that children make by assessing the children’s work against the learning objectives for their lessons. These objectives are clearly displayed on walls, in books and referred to throughout lessons. This allows the teacher to make an annual assessment of progress for each child, as part of the child’s annual report to parents.


Our school has a range of resources to support the teaching of design and technology across the school. Classrooms have a range of resources to meet the teaching and learning expectations within each year group.


Planning includes risk assessment when necessary.  


Monitoring and Review 

The monitoring of the standards of children’s work is the responsibility of the subject leaders. The work of the subject leader also involves supporting colleagues in the teaching of design and technology, being informed about current developments in the subject, and providing a strategic lead and direction for the subjects in the school.

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