Art and Design Technology


At Grove Street Primary School, art and design technology should be fully inclusive to every child. Our aims are to: fulfil the requirements of the national curriculum for art and design technology, develop creativity and imagination, encourage children to explore their individual ideas and develop their own skills, develop children’s competence in controlling materials and tools, begin to develop an awareness of colour, form, texture and pattern, materials and process and use this to communicate what they see, feel and think.

Art and design technology teaching at Grove Street Primary School instils creativity and individuality in all children. Art and design technology promote careful observation and an appreciation of the world around us. Children explore ideas and meanings through studying the work of artists and designers. Through learning about the roles and functions of art, they can explore the impact it has had on contemporary life and on different periods and cultures.

The aims of teaching art and design technology in our school are:

  • To 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 through school, they should begin to think critically and develop more rigorous understanding of art and design technology.
  • To produce creative work, exploring their ideas and recording their experiences.
  • To become proficient in drawing, painting, sculpting and other art, craft and design techniques.
  • To evaluate and analyse creative works using the language of art, craft and design.
  • To know about great artists, craft makers and designers.
  • To understand a range of vocabulary linked to art and design technology and use this in their talk surrounding their master pieces.



To ensure high standards of teaching and learning in art and design technology, we implement a curriculum that is progressive throughout the whole school. Art and design technology is taught in termly units, focusing of knowledge and skills stated in the national curriculum. At Grove Street, we ensure that art and design technology is given the same importance as the core subjects, as we feel this is important in enabling all children to gain ‘real-life’ experiences. At Grove Street the knowledge of activities of drawing, painting, printing, collage, sculpture and textiles are covered in all key stages. The study of artists, craftspeople and designers from the local area, the past and present is an integral part of practical art and design technology activities.

At Grove Street teacher use a variety of teaching and learning styles in art and design technology lessons. The rich environment encourages and develops creativity as well as the pupils’ knowledge, skills and understanding. This is achieved through both direct teaching of process and techniques and providing opportunities for challenging and open-ended tasks which allow pupils to apply their skills.

At Grove Street pupils are encouraged to evaluate not only their own work but also the work of others. They are encouraged to say and write what they feel and think about them, using key vocabulary that is embedded in the teaching of art and design technology. Pupils have the opportunity to work on their own and collaborate with others on projects in two and three dimensions. Pupils have the opportunity to use a wide range of materials and resources including computing. Digital images and internet sources can be used as starting points for creative work and exploring the work of an artist or designer. At Grove Street Primary School, teaches also make use of the extensive outdoor space within the school grounds and the surround area when planning for their pupils.

In our school we give all pupils every opportunity to achieve their best by taking account of the pupils’ range of life experiences when planning for learning. As an inclusive school we recognise the need to tailor the approach to support all children.



Within art and design technology, we strive to instil an appreciation and enjoyment of the arts enriching the children’s learning experience. Our art and design technology curriculum is high quality, well thought out and is planned to demonstrate progression. We focus on progression of knowledge and skills and discreet vocabulary progression also form part of the units of work.

We measure the impact of our curriculum through the following methods: 

  • Assessing children’s understanding of topic linked vocabulary before and after the unit is taught.
  • Summative assessment of pupil discussions about their learning.
  • Images and videos of the children’s practical learning.
  • Interviewing the pupils about their learning (pupil voice).
  • Moderation staff meetings where pupil’s books are scrutinised and there is the opportunity for a dialogue between teachers to understand their class’s work. 
  • Annual reporting of standards across the curriculum.


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