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Gatton Primary School


Welcome to Gatton Primary School. We pride ourselves on being a friendly and open school that offers a high quality education for all our children. We hope that your visit to this website offers a snapshot of what we have to offer, and encourage prospective families to arrange a visit.

Art, Design & DT

At Gatton Primary School we believe that ensuring a high-quality art and design education will inspire pupils to develop their curiosity and fascination about the world around them, and its people. Our aim is to teach the skills and knowledge necessary to develop children as confident artists and designers. We ensure that every child within our school should have full access to Art and Design regardless of age, gender or ability.

Art taught in Reception classes follows the Early Years Framework for learning and development in Expressive Arts and Design. Children are given the opportunity to explore and play with a wide range of media and materials, as well as providing opportunities for sharing thoughts, ideas and feelings through a variety of activities in art.

Children in KS1 and KS2 are introduced to each of the key areas of Art and Design, ensuring coverage of the National Curriculum. They are introduced to a wide range of mediums, materials and techniques and learn the skills of painting, drawing, printing, textiles, and 3D construction with a range of materials (for example, pencil, charcoal, paint, clay) throughout their time at Gatton Primary. Children learn about great artists, historical and contemporary, as they move through the school. They learn how to use artists as inspiration for their own artwork.

In Design and Technology, we teach children about the processes involved in designing and making a product. We teach them the technical knowledge and understanding they need to create, complete, and evaluate their work. Pupils use their evaluations for ongoing modifications and improvements. We teach pupils how to use a range of tools and techniques as they progress throughout the school and learn in various contexts, including outdoors and during workshops.
While D&T is taught as an individual subject, strong cross-curricular links ensure that our termly projects enrich the children's learning within other subjects and topics being taught that term.

Art, Design and DT Curriculum Map 2023-2024

Art & Design booklet


“Art is a place for children to learn to trust their ideas, themselves, and to explore what is possible.”

MaryAnn F. Kohl