Art and Design Technology

Art and Design Technology


At Nanpean School, we believe that every child has the right to receive an Art Curriculum that delivers rich opportunities for exciting and inspiring experiences.

Through equipping children with the knowledge and skills they require to confidently experiment, invent and create, and by ensuring we provide a robust and consistent progression of skills across the school, our children are able to build upon their learning year on year. Ultimately, our children will have the opportunity to grow and have the potential to excel within the Art Curriculum at Nanpean School.  

Art is greatly valued at Nanpean School, and we view it as a means for children to express their thoughts, feelings and emotions through a wealth of high quality tools and media.  

The skills and knowledge that children will develop are mapped across each year group and are progressive throughout the school. 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, 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 to practise and develop mastery in the key processes of art: drawing, painting, printing, textiles and sculpture.  

The structure of the Art Curriculum 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. Fostering links within the community by looking at local artist they could aspire to be also builds and promotes a love of learning. The consistent use of children’s sketchbooks means that children are able to review, modify and develop their initial ideas in order to achieve high quality outcomes. Children learn to understand and apply the key principles of Art: line, tone, texture, shape, form, space, pattern, colour, contrast, composition, proportion and perspective. 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.


Design and Technology is an inspiring, rigorous and practical subject. It encourages children to learn to think and intervene creatively to solve problems both as individuals and as members of a team. At Nanpean School, 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 are also given opportunities to reflect upon and evaluate past and present Design Technology, its uses and its effectiveness, and are encouraged to become innovators and risk-takers. We foster links between design in the community which gives children career ideas to aspire to and this also builds a love of learning.  

At Nanpean School we plan a progressive curriculum, that allows children to learn and build on skills mastered in previous years. This enables children to work through carefully planned units of study, master practical skills, design, make, evaluate and improve their final piece.  

All teaching of DT follows the design, make and evaluate cycle. Each stage is rooted in technical knowledge. The design process is rooted in real life, relevant contexts to give meaning to learning. While making, children are given choice and a range of tools to choose from. Children are able to evaluate their own products against a design criteria. Each of these steps are rooted in technical knowledge and vocabulary.

At Nanpean School we ensure our children develop the creative, technical and practical expertise needed to perform everyday tasks confidently and to participate successfully in an increasingly technological world. We encourage them 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 and critique, evaluate and test their ideas and products and the work of others. We ensure our children understand and apply the principles of nutrition and begin to learn how to cook.  

Children will design and make a range of products during their time at Nanpean School. A good quality finish will be expected in all designs made, appropriate to the age and ability of the child.