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Art & Design Technology


National Curriculum Statement

Purpose of study

Art, craft and design embody some of the highest forms of human creativity. A high-quality art and design education should engage, inspire and challenge pupils, equipping them with the knowledge and skills to experiment, invent and create their own works of art, craft and design. As pupils progress, they should be able to think critically and develop a more rigorous understanding of art and design. They should also know how art and design both reflect and shape our history, and contribute to the culture, creativity and wealth of our nation.


The national curriculum for art and design aims to ensure that all pupils:

*produce creative work, exploring their ideas and recording their experiences

*become proficient in drawing, painting, sculpture and other art, craft and design techniques

*evaluate and analyse creative works using the language of art, craft and design

*know about great artists, craft makers and designers, and understand the historical and cultural development of their art forms.

Our Intent

By the time our children leave our school, our art provision will have provided them with a deeper understanding of visual, tactile and sensory experiences and a special way of understanding and responding to the world. It enables children of all abilities to communicate what they see, feel and think through the use of colour, texture, form, pattern and different materials and processes.

Design & Technology

National Curriculum Statement

Purpose of study

Design and technology is an inspiring, rigorous and practical subject. Using creativity and imagination, pupils design and make products that solve real and relevant problems within a variety of contexts, considering their own and others’ needs, wants and values. They acquire a broad range of subject knowledge and draw on disciplines such as mathematics, science, engineering, computing and art. Pupils learn how to take risks, becoming resourceful, innovative, enterprising and capable citizens. Through the evaluation of past and present design and technology, they develop a critical understanding of its impact on daily life and the wider world. High-quality design and technology education makes an essential contribution to the creativity, culture, wealth and well-being of the nation.


The national curriculum for design and technology aims to ensure that all pupils:

  • develop the creative, technical and practical expertise needed to perform everyday tasks confidently and to participate successfully in an increasingly technological world
  • build and apply a repertoire of knowledge, understanding and skills in order to design and make high-quality prototypes and products for a wide range of users
  • critique, evaluate and test their ideas and products and the work of others
  • understand and apply the principles of nutrition and learn how to cook.

Our Intent

By the time our children leave our school, our Design Technology provision aims to have sparked children’s creativity and imagination and provided them with the practical skills to bring their ideas to life. They will be confident in designing products, working with a range of tools and materials, developing their evaluative thinking and understanding and applying the principles of nutrition.

Progression of Skills for Art and Design Technology





5.Overview of coverage

Monitoring & Evaluating

Impact of the implementation of the Art & Design Technology curriculum is measured in a variety of ways.

These include:

Pupil Conferencing

Work Scrutiny – alongside teacher’s planning

Assessment data

Learning walks

Learning environment

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