St. Patrick's Catholic Primary School

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Art & DT

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.


Subject content

Key stage 1 pupils will be taught:

to use a range of materials creatively to design and make products
to use drawing, painting and sculpture to develop and share their ideas, experiences and imagination
to develop a wide range of art and design techniques in using colour, pattern, texture, line, shape, form and space
about the work of a range of artists, craft makers and designers, describing the differences and similarities between different practices and disciplines, and making links to their own work.

Key stage 2 pupils will be taught:

to develop their techniques, including their control and their use of materials, with creativity, experimentation and an increasing awareness of different kinds of art, craft and design.
to create sketch books to record their observations and use them to review and revisit ideas
to improve their mastery of art and design techniques, including drawing, painting and sculpture with a range of materials [for example, pencil, charcoal, paint, clay]
about great artists, architects and designers in history.


How is Art taught at St Patricks?

We teach art through our termly topics and also through separate art lessons which focus on using different ar, craft and design tequniques and focus on great artists, craft makers and designers.

Topics in KS1

  • Britain Long ago, Explorers and made in Cumbria.

Topics in KS2

  • Romans, Rainforests and Stone, Bronze and Iron age.
  • Disasters, Vikings and Ancient Greece/Olympics


Some examples of Art work in school

Year 3 BFG Dream Jars

To celebrate Roald Dahl’s birthday the children in year 3 created their own dream jar, which they described and used their art skills to illustrate it.

Year 5

During the year 5 topic they created propaganda posters.

Year 4

During Literacy the year 4 class have been reading the book Krindlekrax and painted a picture of the character.

Year 2

During the topic of Britain Long Ago the year 2 children made poppies and art work that represented Remembrance Day.

Children created aert work of different olympic sports

In the style of Roald Branstock.

Children used art work to retell the main event of the Bible story of Noah.

Year 6

During year 6’s topic work they did some art work using a range of skills to represent the Blit

Year 1

Children have used a range of different media to create a scene of a rural village in Kenya for their topic on Africa.

Year 1

Children have used a range of different materials to create a collage of The Great Fire of London.

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.

How is Design Technology taught at St Patricks?

Children are provided with inspiring opportunities to be creative and use their imaginations to design, make and evaluate products that solve problems. Design Technology is mainly taught through the different termly topics but it is also taught through themed days and specific skills based lessons if required.