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Paston Ridings 
Primary School

Art and Design Technology

Paston Ridings Primary School believes that art and design technology are a vital part of children’s education, with a significant and valuable role in the taught curriculum and the enrichment opportunities we offer our pupils. The art and DT curriculum will develop children’s critical abilities, as well as an understanding of their own and others’ cultural heritages through the study of a diverse range of artists.


Children will develop their understanding of the visual language of art with effective teaching and considered sequences of lessons and experiences. Understanding of the visual elements of art and design (line, tone, texture, colour, pattern, shape, 3D form) will be developed by providing a curriculum which will enable children to reach their full potential.

The skills and knowledge that children will develop throughout each art and DT topic are mapped across each year group and are progressive throughout the school following the Cornerstones progression of skills map. The emphasis on knowledge ensures that children understand the context of the artwork, as well as the artists that they are learning about and being inspired by. This enables links to other curriculum areas, including humanities, with children developing a considerable knowledge of individual artists, as well as individual works and art movements. A similar systematic approach to the development of artistic skills means that children are given opportunities to express their creative imagination, as well as practise and develop mastery in the key processes of art: drawing, painting, printing, textiles and sculpture. In design technology children should develop skills alongside the design process related to food technology, wood work, sewing, moving mechanisms and more.
The school’s high-quality art and DT curriculums are supported through the availability of a wide range of quality resources, which are used to support children’s confidence in the use of different media.

The structure of the art and DT curriculums ensures that children are able to develop their knowledge and understanding of the work of artists, craftspeople and designers from a range of times and cultures and apply this knowledge to their own work. Design and technology gives children the opportunity to develop skills, knowledge and understanding of designing and making functional products. The opportunity for children to refine and develop their techniques over time is supported by effective lesson sequencing and progression between year groups. This also supports children in achieving age related expectations at the end of their cohort year.

Classroom and school displays reflect the children’s sense of pride in their artwork and this is also demonstrated by creative outcomes across the wider curriculum. The school environment also celebrates children’s achievements in art and DT, demonstrating the subject’s high status in the school.The Art and DT curriculums at Paston Ridings contribute to children’s personal development in creativity, independence, judgement and self-reflection. All children will achieve their potential in art and DT.

Please see below further information on the aspects of Art and Design that our children will encounter during each year at Paston Ridings Primary School: