Green Street Green Primary School

Art and Design Technology


Through the curriculum at Green Street Green, children recognise the value of art in its many forms. Art throughout time has been influenced by the context in which it was produced and therefore gives us a fantastic insight into the lives of people in the past as well as life in different places. Art also helps children to express themselves and bring their ideas to life. In teaching children different skills through a range of different media, we help them to choose which is the most appropriate for the task at hand.

In Design and Technology, we nurture the skills of imagination and exploration. We aim to produce the designers and technologists of the future, who are skillfully able to apply their understanding. In Design and Technology, we draw on skills in mathematics, engineering and computing to produce resourceful and innovative designers. Through their time at Green Street Green, our learners will be educated in using a variety of different textiles, mechanisms and tools effectively and safely. Our Design and Technology curriculum also prepares our children for the future, with lessons in food and nutrition.


At Green Street Green the children progress their artistic skills through teaching in five main areas; Drawing, Painting, Printing, Textiles/Collage, and 3-D form (e.g. sculpture). Children build upon the skills they learned in previous years and they investigate different kinds of art, craft and design from a variety of genres, styles and traditions, linked to their topics. Children explore similarities and differences between the work of artists, craftspeople and designers working in different times and cultures. Children evaluate the work they produce, say what they like about their work and the work of others, and think about what they could do differently to make their work even better. Children create pieces on their own as well as collaboratively.

Our DT curriculum is organised into blocks with each block covering a particular set of disciplines, including food and nutrition, mechanisms, structures, systems, electrical systems, understanding materials and textiles. Vertical progress in each discipline has been deliberately woven into the fabric of the curriculum so that pupils revisit key disciplines throughout their primary journey at increasing degrees of challenge and complexity. Within each block, we look to design, make, evaluate and apply our learning.


Our Art curriculum gives children a range of different experiences and develops their confidence in producing artworks in different media. It enables them to make informed choices on what media is most appropriate for their intended outcome, as well as help develop a preference for the types of artworks they like to produce. It gives them the skills they need to progress in Art through secondary school and beyond. They will be keen to try new things and continue to improve their skills.

Our CUSP Design and Technology curriculum is based around the principles of evidence-led practice. This is to ensure that pupils are equipped to successfully think, work and communicate like a designer, technologist or chef. Beyond teaching the technical skills of Design and Technology, we strive to educate children in the importance of design in daily life and the wider world. We assess DT at the point of delivery, while pupils are working. This helps us to understand pupils' development as designers, rather than their ability to produce a prescribed end outcome. By encouraging pupils to articulate their thinking and reflections, we can understand which aspects of design and technology may require additional thought and look to reshape future teaching to support this.

Children's Artwork