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Sneinton St Stephen's CofE Primary School

Art & Design Technology

Curriculum Intent Art and Design Technology


“All children are a gift from God. They are all special and should be allowed to develop and grow in a nurturing environment secure in the knowledge that they are cherished.”  


At Sneinton C of E Primary School, we firmly believe that ALL children have a right to equal access to a broad, balanced and relevant education. We will encourage all pupils to give their best and to reach their potential. 


At Sneinton C of E Primary we believe that all pupils should have the opportunity to experience the joy of creativity and to develop the technical skills to express themselves through art and design. Their creative experiences during their time at Sneinton will encourage them to develop a life long passion for creative expression, enhance their well being and develop many skills for future careers, studies or interests. Design technology skills will build a foundation for Secondary Education and adult life, growing within them the confidence to take on practical or creative tasks.


It is our intention that every child will be given the opportunity to learn and develop key skills as they move through school in drawing, painting and sculpture. As part of our design curriculum they will learn skills in woodwork, cookery and textiles. The development of these skills can be tracked through school using our creative journals and children will have pride when they look back and see how they have progressed. Each year the curriculum builds on previous learning with a clear progression of technical skills.


Using these skill we intend that all children have the chance to express themselves creatively, experiment and take risks, try new things and develop a confidence in making and creating art, models or products. We will provide opportunities for children to have freedom in how they create using different materials and techniques. There will be opportunities to plan their work and reflect on their success. We will use our school environment to celebrate creativity within school and children will take pride and enjoyment from sharing their work with others. We will strive to give children opportunities to share their work with the wider community through exhibitions and local projects.


We will ensure children understand how art and design relate to the developing world. They will understand that art and design present numerous career opportunities and the journey they might take to a career in the creative industry. They will explore the way art influences culture and politics and the role of art in our own community to spread messages of hope and diversity. They will have opportunities to use the latest digital technology in creative ways and recognise where they see digital design in the world around them.


In Art and Design Technology we will encourage all pupils to give their best and reach their potential through using the learning tree skills, creating, wondering, trying, concentrating, remembering and checking. We support our children to learn to a deep level, to know more and remember more. In our curriculum spiral curriculum has been structured into a progression map that ensures progression and coverage, allowing students and children to build on previous knowledge and connect to other knowledge. 




  •  To provide a range of structured and differentiated activities which develop breadth and progression. Where possible these will relate to the interest and everyday experiences of our children

  • To develop knowledge and teach skills in order to design and make products successfully.

  • To help children become aware of and investigate simple products by disassembly and evaluation.

  • To provide adequate time, access to information, skills and resources to make a good quality product.




There will be DT taught every other half term. Classes will have weekly lessons or more focused and lengthy project work.

Pupils will have opportunities to:


  • Develop realistic outcomes to assignments.

  • Take increasing responsibility for their own work.

  • Critically evaluate their work and the work of others and suggest improvements.

  • Work individually and in teams, groups, partners or pairs.

  • Work with a range of materials and to use them appropriately.

  • Use a variety of tools safely and correctly.

  • Communicate ideas in a variety of ways.

  • Develop skills and apply knowledge and experience when working on an assignment.

  • Develop the ability to solve problems.

  • Research and record relevant information where appropriate.

  • Examine and evaluate design features in simple products including their historical development.


How teachers plan


Teachers plan in detail every week on an agreed format. Objectives are clear and assessment for learning is integral in driving the teaching. Teachers differentiate for HA MA LA and SEN and where appropriate gifted and talented pupils. In every lesson children are clearly shown the expected and outstanding progress they should be making. Teachers clearly show how additional support is used. Our plans reflect the global diversity of the pupils we teach. Work will be displayed around the classroom and school.


Assessment and Target Setting


Pupils will be assessed against the current national curriculum levels.
















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