Art and DT

At Aldborough Primary we understand the importance of the impact of Art and Design as part of a broad and balanced curriculum.

Art provides children with opportunities to develop and extend skills to express their individual interests and ideas, whilst also contributing to the development of the child emotionally, aesthetically, spiritually, intellectually and socially.

High quality art and design education equips children with the skills to explore, experiment, create and invent their own work of art whilst engaging, inspiring and challenging pupils. As artists and designers children should be able to critically evaluate their work and the work of others, taking influence from well-known artists and adapting their work accordingly. As their skill set progresses, they should understand how art has changed their landscape, culture and history.

In design we encourage children to use their creativity and imagination to design and make products that solve real and relevant problems within a variety of contexts, considering their own and others’ needs, wants and values. The children 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.

In addition as part of the curriculum we intend to give children an understanding of the principles of nutrition and be able to apply these and learn how to cook.

This will be delivered using the Kapow Art and Design 2 year rolling scheme of work. We cover the subject by the following 5 areas of academic fidelity: Drawing, Painting and Mixed Media, Sculpture and 3D, Craft and Design and lastly Cooking and Nutrition. Lessons will be delivered once a week by Class Teachers or HLTA’s and sometimes supported by Catering Staff.

• To enable children to record from first-hand experience and from imagination, and to select their own ideas to use in their work;

  • To help each child achieve their creative potential in both two and three dimensional work, working on a variety of scales.
  • To develop the children’s knowledge of materials by allowing them to experiment freely and to encourage them to use materials sensibly and safely.
    • To ensure the children learn a range of skills so that they develop an expertise in using both materials and equipment and so enable the realisation of their ideas.
  • To explore with children ideas and meanings in the work of a diverse set of artists, craft people and designers and help them learn about their different roles and about the functions of art, craft and design in their own lives and in different times and cultures;
  • To foster an enjoyment and appreciation of the visual arts and a knowledge of artists, craftspeople and designers from this and other countries, communities and backgrounds.
  • To encourage pupils to appreciate the beauty, order and precision that is found, naturally and man-made, in our world.


  • To develop the creative, technical and practical expertise needed to perform everyday tasks confidently and to participate successfully in an increasingly technological world.
  • To 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.
  • To critique, evaluate and test their ideas and products and the work of others.
  • To 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.
  • To critique, evaluate and test their ideas and products and the work of others.
  • To understand and apply the principles of nutrition and learn how to cook.

The Foundation Stage
Before embarking on key stage 1 work, our children will have attended our reception class where they will have had opportunities to find out and learn about the world they live in. The foundation stage provides a rich environment in which we encourage and value creativity. We relate the creative development of the children to the objectives set out in the Early Learning Goals, creating with materials and across other Early Learning Goals:

  • Creating with materials: safely using and exploring a variety of materials, tools and techniques, experimenting with colour, design, texture, form and functions
  • Sharing creations and explaining the process they have used
  • Physical Development: Use a range of small tools, including scissors, paintbrushes, cutlery.
  • Begin to show accuracy when drawing, hold a pencil effectively
  • Understanding the world: Explore the natural world around them, making observations and drawing pictures of animals and plants.
  • Know some similarities and differences between different cultural communities
    Speaking: participate in small group, calss and one-to-one discussions, offering their own ideas, using recently introduced vocabularly

Key Stage 1
Pupils are taught using Kapow lesson plans:

  1. to use a range of materials creatively to design and make products
  2. to use drawing, painting and sculpture to develop and share their ideas, experiences and imagination
  3. to develop a wide range of art and design techniques in using colour, pattern, texture, line, shape, form and space
  4. 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.
    • 5. use the basic principles of a healthy and varied diet to prepare dishes
    • understand where food comes from

Key Stage 2
Pupils are taught using Kapow lesson plans:

  1. to create sketch books to record their observations and use them to review and revisit ideas
  2. 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]
  3. To develop their techniques, including their control and use of materials, with creativity, experimentation and an increasing awareness of different kinds of art, craft and design.
  4. About great artists, architects and designers in history.

At Aldborough Primary School impact will be evaluated using Teacher assessment and observations.

The expected impact is that the children will be exposed to a wide range of opportunities, ideas and experiences using Art and Design techniques. Pupils should leave Aldborough Primary school equipped with a range of techniques and the confidence and creativity to form a strong foundation for their Art, design, and Cooking learning for Key Stage 3 and beyond. The expected impact is that children will:

• Produce creative work, exploring and recording their ideas and experiences.
• Be confident in drawing, painting, sculpture and other art, craft and design techniques, building and applying a repertoire of skills, knowledge and understanding to produce high quality outcomes.
• Understand the properties of a range of materials and resources, and how to combine and use different processes for shaping, decorating and making products.
• Self-evaluate, reflect and analyse works using subject-specific language.
• Know about some of the great artists and the historical and cultural development of their art.
• to understand and apply the principles of a healthy and varied diet, prepare and cook a variety of predominantly savoury dishes using a range of cooking techniques, understand seasonality, and know where and how a variety of ingredients are grown, reared, caught and processed
• meet end of key stage expectations outlined in the National curriculum.

Children are involved in the evaluation, dialogue and decision making about the quality of their outcomes and the improvements they need to make. By taking part in regular discussions, decision making processes children will not only know the facts, but will be able to talk confidently about their learning journey and have a growing understanding of how they can improve their work.