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Art, Design and Design Technology

Art, Design and Design Technology

Art, Design and Design Technology 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.

- National Curriculum, 2014



We teach Art and D&T weekly throughout the school in either an alternating or combined half termly basis. 


At Countess Gytha Primary School, we are committed to providing all children with learning opportunities to engage in Art and D&T. The intent of Art and D&T education is to give pupils the skills, concepts and knowledge necessary for them to express their responses to ideas and experiences in a visual or tactile form. It fires their imagination and is a fundamental means of personal expression.


It is our intention to allow each child to form a sense of resilience, determination and self-expression, regardless of their academic ability. Through their study of Art and D&T, we help our students to develop observational skills, a perception of the world around them and allow their imaginations to flourish. We endeavour to maximise the potential of all our students in a holistic manner; intellectually, morally, emotionally, culturally, and socially.



We firmly believe that at Countess Gytha Primary School, if we support pupils in establishing a love for Art and D&T, pupils will thrive and reach their full potential. We aim to engage, inspire and challenge pupils so that they are equipped with the necessary knowledge and skills needed to contribute to the culture, creativity and wealth of our community.


Our Art and D&T progression frameworks, which enhance the National Curriculum for Art and D&T, intend to enable all children to develop a repertoire of knowledge and skills in order to develop the whole child in a holistic approach.


Our pupils will develop the ability to explore ideas and imagination by producing creative work recorded in an artistic manner. This may be presented in sketchbooks, as display work or as physical models or products.



We intend for our Art and D&T curriculums to ensure our pupils are holistically prepared for life beyond primary school and throughout their educational journey. We believe that through the whole-child approach we have developed for the pupils of Countess Gytha, pupils foster a love of culture, community and creativity.


Ongoing assessments take place throughout the year. Teachers use this information to inform future lessons; ensuring children are supported and challenged appropriately. Assessment includes analysis of work produced in sketchbooks, for displays and physical models and products, as well as listening to the voice of our children and parents. This data is analysed on a termly basis to inform and address any trends or gaps in attainment.


Art is often planned around the children’s interests and cross curricular topics. We value the arts in high regard as we want to develop the confidence of all of our children so that they believe that can succeed in anything. As a school we enjoy celebrating the art that is created through displays, assemblies and sharing work with pupils and parents. We also hold many creative and cross-curricular events and opportunities outside of lesson time to support our creative curriculum.

Art, Design and Design Technology Concept Coverage

Art, Design and Design Technology Long Term Curriculum Overviews

Art, Design and Design Technology Across The School

Examples of Work