Art and DT

Art and Design Curriculum Intent

At Cabot Primary School, we know that art and design are integral to a child’s education. It is a powerful mode of communication through which children explore and develop an understanding of the world around them. Our curriculum provides children with a wide range of opportunities and means to respond to real life experiences and celebrate multiculturalism whilst also challenging stereotypes. The children are stimulated to think and to articulate their thoughts in new ways, and through a variety of media. Through high expectations of the children we are able to enable students to: 

  1. enjoy lifelong engagement with art and design 
  2. become informed, reflective and critical practitioners in art and design
  3. understand the dynamic and changing nature of art and design 
  4. explore and value the diversity of art and design across time, place and cultures 
  5. express ideas with confidence and competence


Design and Technology encourages children to learn to think creatively to solve problems in partnership with each other as well as individually. We encourage children to use their resilience 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. Design and Technology is an inspiring, rigorous and practical subject. It can be found in many of the objects children use each day and is a part of children’s immediate experiences. The children are also given opportunities to reflect upon and evaluate past and present design technology, from a variety of cultures. Through high expectations, the children are encouraged to become resilient innovators and risk-takers.

Through a variety of creative and practical activities, we teach the knowledge, understanding and skills needed to engage in a creative process of designing and making. The children design and create products that consider function and purpose and which are relevant to a range of sectors (for example, the home, school, leisure, culture, enterprise, industry and the wider environment).

We ensure the children:

  • 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 and critique, evaluate and test their ideas and products and the work of others
  • understand and apply the principles of nutrition and learn how to cook. Children will design and make a range of products. A good quality finish will be expected in all design and activities made appropriate to the age and ability of the child