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Art & DT



At Kirkbampton School we believe that the purpose of art education is to fire the children’s imagination and is a fundamental means of personal expression. It is to give the pupils the skills, concepts and knowledge to express their responses to ideas and experiences in a visual or tactile form.


At Kirkbampton we want our children to love Art and Design and the processes and pieces that they produce. We engage, inspire and challenge all pupils in Art and Design. We provide opportunities to encourage pupils to experiment, invent and create their own works of art and craft. Using sketchbooks, the children will experiment, observe and investigate allowing them to review their ideas. As the pupils progress, we build up thinking skills with which we can think critically about art and how art can reflect our country, culture and history. We will maximise their potential to develop confident, independent students with excellent thinking skills.


All pupils use a range of media and materials to produce creative work and become increasingly proficient in drawing, painting, sculpture from experiences and imagination the children explore techniques using colour, pattern, line, shape, form and space especially through looking at a range of artists and craft makers. We can evaluate and analyse creative works and build up a language of art. We explore the work of great artists, craft makers and designers and form opinions and discuss their work critically.




To ensure high standards of teaching and learning in art and design, we implement a curriculum that is progressive throughout the whole school. The curriculum provides a broad framework and outlines the knowledge and skills taught in each phase.


During the early years at Kirkbampton, young children will be given the opportunity to explore colour, texture, shape and form in two and three dimensions. The children will have access to a wide range of collage, painting and drawing activities, using appropriate tools and art materials and techniques. The children will be encouraged to develop their own creative ideas.


In Key Stage one, art is about expanding children’s creativity and imagination through providing art and craft activities relating to the children’s own identity and experiences and the locality in which they live. Children will explore the visual, tactile and sensory qualities of materials and processes and begin to understand and use colour, shape and space, pattern and texture, to represent their own ideas and feelings. Children will focus on the work of artists, craftspeople, other cultures, and sculptors and designers through asking and answering questions. The children explore and practice the practical skills and techniques involved in the topic and use their sketchbooks to record their observations and to review and revisit ideas before producing a final piece.


In Key Stage Two they continue to develop their techniques, including their control and their use of materials with creativity, experimentation and an increasing awareness of different kinds of art, craft and design.


Children’s work is celebrated and displayed throughout the school and we also encourage the children to take part in art-based home learning challenges and display their work as a gallery.




By the end of the Key stage, pupils are expected to know, apply and understand the matters, skills and processes specified in the Art and Design programme of study. When asked, pupils throughout the year groups can talk about the artist and the skills they have used to create a piece of art. They take pride in creating their pieces and discussing the artists they have been learning about. They are able to apply their skills to produce their final pieces of work and research different artists and are confident to explain their work to others.


Pupils are encouraged to develop the practical skills of observation and visual investigation through a wide range of media including drawing, painting and sculpture. They will be taught to develop their techniques, including their control and their use of materials, with creativity and experimentation.


We aim 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.


Pupils will learn about great artists, designers and craft makers, they will also learn how art and design both reflect and shape our history, and contribute to the culture, creativity and wealth of our nation.


Sketchbooks will be used in school for pupils to record their observations and use them to review and revisit ideas.



At Kirkbampton school, design and technology provision aims to teach our children to engage in an ever-changing world where work and leisure activities are being innovated by technology. Using creativity and imagination, children are given the opportunity to design and make products to solve real and relevant problems.


The design technology curriculum promotes curiosity and a love and thirst for learning. It is progressive and empowers our children to become independent and resilient. They acquire a broad range of knowledge and skills and we encourage them to draw on disciplines such as maths, science, computing and art. Pupils also work with food and are taught how to cook and prepare food and to apply the principles of nutrition and healthy eating.


We want to equip them with not only the minimum statutory requirements of the design technology National Curriculum but to prepare them for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of later life.




The design technology curriculum has been carefully built and the learning opportunities for each year group crafted to ensure progression and repetition in terms of embedding key learning, knowledge and skills. They explore and practice the practical skills involved in the topic and then design, make, evaluate and refine their final products. This approach is taken for every design technology topic. Pupils design and evaluation work is recorded in their sketchbooks.


Pupils benefit from a selection of equipment including various tools and materials and a well-resourced cookery cupboard. Teachers can order any special resources they require for each project. We have a great link with Phunky Foods who have provided training for all staff, fantastic resources and have also provided children with experiences of healthy cooking and the skills needed to achieve this in a safe environment. The children have had the opportunity to visit local museums and food manufacturing establishments. They have had visitors in school providing first hand experiences such as LEGO workshops. We will be looking to involve more people from our local community in D&T in the future. We have also encouraged the children to take part in some D&T based home learning challenges.




By the end of the key stage, pupils are expected to know, apply and understand the matters, skills and processes specified in the Design Technology programme of study.


Talking to pupils throughout the year groups shows children enjoy the units of work. They take pride in problem solving to ensure their product meets their success criteria. When asked, pupils can explain how they made their product and how they solved any problems. They can evaluate their product using acquired vocabulary from the units of work and are confident in explaining their thoughts and feelings about their work to others. They understand where their knowledge fits into the outside world and why it is important to learn about design technology.


The Importance of Design & Technology


Design and Technology (D&T) prepares pupils to participate in tomorrow’s rapidly changing technologies. They learn to think and intervene creatively to improve the quality of life. The subject calls for pupils to become independent and creative problem solvers both as individuals and as members of a team. They must look for needs, wants and opportunities, responding to them by developing a range of design ideas for making products and systems. In their designing and making, pupils combine practical skills with an understanding of aesthetics, social and environmental issues and function. As they do so, they reflect on, learn from and evaluate present and past design and technology, its uses and effects.


Teaching and learning


D&T activities are taught in a variety of ways across the school, sometimes in blocks of taught time, as part of a topic, or in short skills-based activities. D&T has relevance across the curriculum and links with other subjects; science and art and design, in particular, are identified in the units of work.


D&T activities are planned to ensure continuity and progression by building on the specific knowledge skills and understanding contained in the subject profile. Appropriate units of work are planned using a combination of topic work and published resources.