Art and DT

Across the academy, the Creative Arts are celebrated in a range of ways. Art and DT are taught on alternate half terms to allow each subject to have a full afternoon teaching session. Please see the year group curriculum maps on our main curriculum page to see what your child is learning each term.

Our Art and DT curriculum aims to:

  • Develop creative, technical and practical skills needed to perform everyday tasks with confidence
  • Explore children’s own ideas and record their experiences creatively
  • Become proficient in art, craft and design skills such as drawing, painting and sculpture
  • Build and apply understanding to design, make and evaluate independent pieces of work
  • Know about great artists, craft makers and designers, and understand the historical and cultural development of their art forms
  • Understand the importance of a well-balanced diet and learn how to cook simple foods


We want to enable all pupils to feel able to think and act creatively. That means exploring all aspects of creativity: personal and social, exploring art for a variety of reasons, in a  variety of contexts. Most importantly, it means enjoying the journey, so that pupils want to engage in creative activities, and so that they can grow to appreciate and value the importance of art as a highly subjective and individual experience.

We follow the Access Art progression model, designed by artists and educators. Basic skills are introduced and then built upon, including drawing, printmaking, sketchbooks, painting and making. Skills are revisited and the use of ongoing sketchbook work underpins this process. By creating a safe and nurturing environment, pupils are encouraged to take creative risks and to learn from the journey, rather than head towards a pre-defined end result

Art curriculum progression plan

Design Technology

Our DT curriculum enables pupils to exercise their creativity through designing and making. Pupils are taught to combine their designing and making skills with knowledge and understanding in order to design and make a product. Skills are taught progressively to ensure that all children are able to learn and practice in order to develop as they move through the school. Evaluation is an integral part of the design process and allows pupils to adapt and improve their product, this is a key skill which they need throughout their life. D&T allows children to apply the knowledge and skills learned in other subjects, particularly Maths, Science and Art.

DT Curriculum

Attached are some links to develop Art and Design Skills Outside of the Classroom:- LOTC Art & DT