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Art and Design 

At Woodthorpe, we aim to fulfil the requirements of the National Curriculum for Art, as we believe it stimulates creativity and imagination. Though following the National Curriculum and shaping this to our own sequence, we believe that art provides an opportunity for self-expression and communication in our school setting.  We value art and highlight the importance of this by giving each child their own quality A3 sketch book at the start of Key Stage One. This then follows them to Year 6 to that they can celebrate their journey as artists during their time at Woodthorpe.

At our school, we intend to:

  • Provide a rich environment in which we encourage our children to communicate through the use of colour, texture, form, pattern and materials.
  • Investigate lines, shapes, colours and textures help our children with the basics and enable other work such as 3D and printing to happen.
  • Provide opportunities for children to produce creative work, exploring their ideas and recording their experiences
  • Make opportunities for the children to become part of school projects that include paint and craft that contribute to the school environment
  • Encourage children evaluate and analyse creative works using the language of art, craft and design
  • Teach about modern and historical great artists, craft makers and designers, and participate in projects that are inspired by a variety of these.
  • Have high expectations of what our pupils can achieve in art and believe that, allowing children the independence to choose and explore will allow the acquisition of skills and knowledge.
  • Encourage confidence and evaluative skills so that the children can become independent on their own artistic journey.
  • Ensure art is accessible, ambitious and provides cultural capital to all pupils, including those who are disadvantaged, and pupils with SEND

This half term, we are even offering an Arts and Craft Club every Thursday afterschool. Please contact the school office if you would like to book your child a space.


Key Links for Art and Design

Click here to view this year's skills and progression grid for Art and Design, including the artists that they will study.

Click here to view the Art and Design Primary National Curriculum.

Click here for some great links to different ways you can encourage art at home.


Design Technology

At Woodthorpe, the Design and Technology curriculum is designed to give pupils opportunities to develop skills in designing and making food products, textiles products, structures and mechanisms which at times will incorporate using electrical components. This is an ideal springboard for the development of collaborative working and encourages evaluations of the pupils own ideas and products.

We believe that Design Technology helps children to become problem solvers through practical tasks, using creativity and imagination. We wish for children to take every day or familiar objects and investigate how they actually work and who they are really aimed at. As a school, we:


  • Teach design and technology as an inspiring and practical subject.
  • Work with a variety of materials and through the new skills they learn, so children get to design, make and evaluate a range of products. 
  • Provide opportunities for children to work individually or as a team to design and create things in a variety of different ways
  • Enable and inspire children to become innovators
  • Teach a varied and balanced design and technology curriculum, progresses skills and extends knowledge and vocabulary each year
  • Support our children in developing a critical understanding of design and technology and its impact on daily life and the wider world
  • Promote cooking skills and children’s enjoyment of this, whilst educating the importance of a balanced and varied diet
  • Make cross curricular links with design technology to other subjects where this is possible to make the subject relevant and meaningful


Key Links for Design Technology

Click here to view the subject knowledge and skills progression for this year's Design Technology coverage in school.

 Click here to view the Primary National Curriculum for Design Technology.

Click here for some fantastic ideas from STEM to explore Design Technology at home.