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Orchard Primary Academy

Art and Design Technology

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At Orchard Primary Academy we aim to ensure that we provide a high-quality, practical Art and Design technology education which engages, inspires and challenges pupils, equipping them with the knowledge and skills to experiment, take risks, become resourceful, innovative, enterprising and capable citizens, available to invent and create their own works of art, craft and design. Through our teaching, we expect pupils to think critically and develop a more rigorous understanding of art, design and technology. They should also know how art, design and technology both reflect and shape our history, and contribute to the culture, creativity and wealth of our nation.

The Art, Design and Technology Curriculum at Orchard enables pupils to build up a body of key foundation knowledge and concepts, enabling them to recognise, understand and adapt their own power of human creativity as well as using creativity 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.

Please find below a document that outlines the coverage of Art, Design and Technology teaching, alongside the knowledge and skills that will be developed:

Click Here - Art, Design and Technology Coverage Document 


 Throughout the teaching of Art, Design and Technology, we aim to ensure that all pupils:

  • produce creative work, exploring their ideas and recording their experiences
  • become proficient in drawing, painting, sculpture and other art, craft and design techniques
  • critique, evaluate and analyse their ideas and products and creative works using the language of art, craft and design
  • know about great artists, craft makers and designers, and understand the historical and cultural development of their art forms.
  • develop the creative, technical and practical expertise needed to perform everyday tasks confidently and to participate successfully in an increasingly technological world
  • 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
  • understand and apply the principles of nutrition and learn how to cook.




Autumn Term 1

Autumn Term 2

Spring Term 1

Spring Term 2

Summer Term 1

Summer Term 2



Making a map - journey

(drawing, painting, printing)


Making a moving toy/car

(Mobilo, cardboard wheels and axels)

Designing and making own planets

Artist - Jackson Pollock

Sewing using a kit

Healthy Meals (Food Tech)


(Sand sculptures at the beach)



Natural World (drawing, painting, collage)

Making bird feeders

Making shoe box houses

Explore colour (Warm/cold)

Designing and making a flying machine

Clay pots


Designing a boat

Making and testing materials

Drawing, Painting, Printing textures


Edward Tingatinga



Art from different faiths


(drawing, painting, collage)


Cave paintings and prehistoric


Water cycles – poster/collage/3D

Showing science learning

Water artists.

Mary Anning

Clay fossils

Canopic Jars


Portraits of Tutankhamun

Painting abstract artwork using textures

Van Gogh – Starry Night


Community Project

Plant it, Grow it




Collage/mixed media layers of rocks

Split scene above/below ground.

Quechua artists of Tigua, Ecuador

 Model Volcano - working

Photos and paintings - dramatic landscapes

Wanted posters


(Printing blocks)



Design and make an invention – Modern resources only

War art – Blitz scene


Drawing, painting,

Mosaics/Greek pottery

Statement art – World issues

Design and make an invention – natural resources only



Andy Goldsworthy


Clay – runic alphabet

Willow art

Making an Arctic Transport Machine (prototype)

Designing and making a kit for an explorer.

Art from around the World

Creating a New look - Textiles


 Throughout their time at Orchard Primary Academy children will cover the following areas of Art, Design and Technology:

  • Drawing, painting and sculpture
  • Collage/textiles
  • Developing, planning, exploring and communicating ideas
  • Evaluating and developing work
  • Working with tools, equipment, materials, components and mechanisms
  • Cooking and nutrition


During each topic, pupils will demonstrate prior skills and knowledge, gathering new skills, techniques and subject knowledge to build upon these pre-existing ideas. Children will be encouraged to reflect on the skills and knowledge learnt throughout the topic and be taught to appreciate the works of other artists in a continuous manner. Sketch books will be used for gathering ideas, testing new skills, creating pallets and making relevant notes to enable children to absorb and reflect continuously, supporting long term knowledge development. 

Please find below a document that shows the progression of Scientific knowledge and skills:


Click Here - Art, Design and Technology Knowledge, Skills and Understanding Progression Document