Art & Design Technology



Woodlands Primary Art and DT Curriculum



At Woodlands, we believe that art and DT are a vital and integral part of a child’s education. They provide the children with opportunities to develop a range of ways in which they can express and share their individual creativity.

It is our aim, through the art and DT curriculum, to provide the children with the skills and knowledge to experiment with different types of media and create their own works of art, craft and design.

The art and DT curriculum will develop children’s key skills and understanding of their own and others’ cultural heritages through studying a diverse range of male and female artists and designers throughout history.



At Woodlands, we teach a skills-based art and DT curriculum, which allows children to express their creative imagination as well as providing them with opportunities to practise and develop mastery in the key processes of art and DT. These key art and DT skills, are supported through our creative curriculum and by making links with the topics being studied. The curriculum will show progression of skills across all key stages within the strands of art and DT.

We teach art and DT in blocks on a half-termly basis, through weekly sessions or art days. We also use whole school art projects to celebrate the arts and embed skills across the different areas of art and DT. The focus during art and DT sessions is on key skills and having opportunities to experiment with a range of processes. The children will be encouraged to be self-critical, self-motivated and to develop the ability to solve problems.




  • Children in the EYFS will be given opportunities to explore the use of different materials and resources in an open-ended way, which helps them make choices and to have the confidence in their own ideas and to have fun
  • With support from EYFS staff, the children will learn to draw with increasing control and complexity, return to previous learning and develop their own ideas
  • They will be learning to use colour, draw the world around them, experiment with different media and materials to develop their creative skills
  • Through careful questioning and by building on their interests, the children will be encouraged to use their natural curiosity to create inventions and make marks on paper to make simple representations of events, people and objects   

Key Stage 1:

  • Introduction to the artist/ art/DT form to be studied
  • Learn about the background of the subject
  • Use a range of materials and media to develop art and DT techniques in the style of the subject studied
  • Produce a piece of work in the style of the subject studied
  • Evaluate work, make links and comparisons between the children’s work and the subject studied
  • Use sketch books to further develop techniques when no designated topic

Key Stage 2:

  • The children will use their sketch books frequently as a place for them to experiment and try out techniques at any point in the school week. They should be considered an art jotter to be used regularly so that key skills can be reviewed and revisited
  • The children will develop their techniques through art and DT projects and cross-curricular work including their control and use of materials – increasingly being able to decide and choose which materials to use to produce a finished piece
  • The children will be taught about great artists, architects and designers in history


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