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St Joseph's Catholic Primary School

Growing with Jesus

Art and DT



At St. Joseph's we value and are committed to providing children with a broad and balanced curriculum that includes a rich diet of Art and Design Technology opportunities linked to our Topics. The teaching of Art and DT  is based on the expectations and aims of the National Curriculum 2014 for Art and Design Technology (DT) and the EYFS Curriculum Policy and Development Matters. This ensures continuity and progression in the learning and teaching of Art and DT.  We value the fact that Art and DT is also a way of supporting learning in a range of ways. Skills that are developed in these subjects can be transferred across the curriculum.

At St. Joseph’s children will be taught the relevant strands of the National Curriculum in Art and DT, appropriate to their ability. Art and DT skills will be taught during Topic week where children spend the week immersed in a quality, concentrated period of teaching and learning. Teachers will use the History/Geography driver topic as a starting point alongside the Art and DT knowledge and skills progression document to ensure full coverage of skills in Art and DT in a range of learning experiences. Foundation Stage will plan a long term and short term plan to cover Art and DT through the school year as documented in the Early Years Curriculum.

Through these learning experiences, children are inspired to explore new skills and techniques to create art works in similar styles but reflective of their own creativity. We have designed our art curriculum to allow children to build upon their existing skills and, ultimately, grow in confidence in using different techniques. Our DT curriculum allows children to explore structures, textiles, mechanisms and control as well as food, through our 'Cooking and Nutrition' opportunities. We aim to instill a love of cooking and ensure that children are taught how to cook, to develop an understanding of nutrition and knowledge of where food comes from.

All year groups study a focus artist in order to learn more about the styles and techniques used, as well as to facilitate familiarity with and appreciation of well-known pieces of art. We encourage all children to respond to art work: to make comments about how the art makes them feel and to make comparisons between other artists’ styles or art works.



  • Children show high levels of enjoyment in Art and DT lessons.
  • Children are able to use their own ideas creatively in planning, creating and evaluating finished pieces.
  • Sketch books/Topic books contain evidence of continuity of progression and skills in Art and evaluation skills in DT
  • Across the school, children’s skills in Art and DT show progression.
  • Children have a good knowledge of a variety of artists, architects and designers.


Long Term Overview 2019-20


Art Knowledge and Skills Progression


DT Knowledge and Skills Progression


Useful Links

National Curriculum Art

National Curriculum DT