St Philip's Catholic Primary School

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Design and Technology

Design and Technology:

‘A high-quality art, craft and design education should 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. ’ (The National Curriculum 2013)

The aims of the art curriculum are to enable the children to develop their skills in drawing, painting, sculpture and other art and craft techniques.  The children are taught to evaluate and analyse art works and to develop their knowledge of the language of art. The children also learn about artists and designers and the historical and cultural development of art.

In the Early Years Foundation Stage (Reception) art and design activities are considered an important part of the learning environment which aims to enable each child to develop their own interests and skills.

From year 1, the national curriculum is followed. In Key Stage 1 the children are taught a range of art and design techniques in using colour, pattern, texture, line, shape and form; using a range of materials.

In Key stage 2, the children use sketchbooks to record their ideas. The skills taught are progressive throughout the year groups, enabling the children to develop a range of techniques.


Indian art work (rangoli patterns, mendhi designs) linked to our Diwali topic. Individual child led work (maps, painting, pet sculptures, drawing and colouring.) Explorers (art from around the world) Spring (plant observational drawings) Pirates/Under the sea (underwater seascapes, shell paintings)

Year 1

Castles (drawing and painting), Knight’s shields (collage), Transport (drawing) In the Wild topic (collage, camouflage and mouldable materials) 

Year 2

Scottish landscapes (shading, line, texture.) Great Fire of London (make Stuart houses) Seaside images/patterns (clay sculptures of the seaside objects.)

Year 3

Victorian (peg dolls) Rainforests (scenes, colour, texture.) Romans (mosaic art work), Romans (shields, design)

Year 4

Self portraits (tone, colour) RE topic link (Collages) Stone Age (cave paintings, aging techniques.)Viking (shields) Egyptian (canopic jars & death masks)

Year 5

Pointillism pictures, following the work of Lichtenstein. Volcanoes (construction with paper mache) War time recipes (cooking)

Year 6

Antarctic topic (Looking at the work of Frances Hatch and emulating her style). An exploration of the work of artist Kandinsky, an abstract painter, looking at technique, textures and layers.