Art and Design Technology

Our school learning environment is bright and colourful, showing off the creative talents of both staff and children. We give the children opportunities and stimuli to explore the styles, techniques and designs of famous painters, sculptors and architects both modern and classical. We provide a curriculum where skills are taught so the children can explore and experiment using different techniques, materials, textures, form, pattern and colour. It also supports work in other foundation subjects. Lessons give children a calm space to explore and reflect on the designs of others and where they learn to express their own opinions. Self-evaluation is seen as a positive technique for supporting self-improvement. 


At Abbey Meads, we aim to provide children with a wide range of creative experiences from a very young age in order to fulfil their creative potential. We believe that Art should be taught as an integral part of topic work as well as a discreet subject, where specific skills & processes can be explored and developed.


We feel that it is important for children to explore, build upon and record their own creative and imaginative ideas. So that they develop an understanding of Art as a way to express themselves, communicate their ideas & feelings and develop their imagination and creativity through a variety of art mediums.


We follow the National Curriculum (2014) for Art and design through which the children are taught a progression of essential skills to enable them to experiment and explore with the different materials and techniques involved in the key elements of art such as colour, texture, pattern, line and form.


They will be involved in individual and collaborative pieces of work, during which they will develop their ideas in their sketchbooks. These books play an important role in providing each child with a space where they are free to express, create, develop and learn. For the children sketchbooks demonstrate the process of gathering inspiration, exploring art mediums, developing an understanding of concepts, recording their responses, reviewing, modifying and evaluating their work.


Each year group will also learn about the work of famous artists, craft makers and designers reflecting culturally and ethnically diverse artists, and use this knowledge to influence their own work. Valuable discussions about these artists enable our children to develop an understanding of the historical and cultural development of art and they are encouraged to express their thoughts, ideas and interpretations.


Our aim is to link our art teaching to our topics. However some lessons may stand alone. We work hard to make important links to other foundation subjects in the curriculum.



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.

We follow a progression of skills across the year groups from Year 1 up to year 6. This approach ensures that children build upon and further develop their knowledge and skills in the areas of Designing, Making and Evaluating.


We use a cross curricular approach and incorporate opportunities to develop reading and writing through product research using a variety of sources; designing and evaluating, maths skills through weighing, measuring and estimating, computing skills through coding and computer aided design (CAD), as well as scientific knowledge through material selection and product evaluation, and healthy eating and the effects of different foods on the human body.


Our approach to Design and Technology also enables the children to experience and apply the fundamental British Values by giving them the opportunity to engage in learning in a social way and use a democratic approach to product, design, development, construction and evaluation.

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