Art & Design / D & T

 Art and Design and Design and Technology:

Art and Design stimulates pupils’ imagination and creativity. It provides visual, tactile, multi-sensory experiences, and a way of understanding and responding to the world.

Art and design lessons at Trent enable our pupils to build their confidence, providing them with an opportunity to express themselves, take risks in a supportive environment, and create a final product of which they can be proud. Every art lesson is linked to a Creative Curriculum topic, giving their art and design sessions purpose and meaning. Children are given the opportunity to look closely at, compare and discuss the work of other artists. Art and design lessons are an excellent platform to deepen children’s understanding of other subjects too. The whole art process is carefully planned for allowing children to research, plan, express, communicate and then create a piece of art whilst developing a range of artistic skills across a range of media, including digital design – a rich learning experience for all. Through discussion, children review, revisit and learn how to evaluate their work, further deepening their artistic ability. Appreciating the visual arts can enrich their personal and spiritual responses to their lives.  

At Trent, we provide children with an exciting variety of art opportunities including clubs, professional workshops and events, competitions and wider community projects. Art is a significant part of Trent life and has a strong presence throughout the school – our vibrant displays celebrate and promote the significant learning that takes place, as well as promoting our school values and ethos. 

Design and technology at Trent is an inspiring, rigorous and practical subject. Tied in to our topic-based learning, children develop and use their creativity and imagination. As stated in the National Curriculum, pupils design and make products that solve real and relevant problems within a variety of contexts, considering their own and others’ needs, wants and values. Learning in a cross-curricular way, pupils create products connected to their current topic and apply a range of skills including mathematics, science and computing. Children are taught the whole design process including designing, creating and evaluating. High-quality design and technology education makes an essential contribution to the creativity, culture, wealth and well-being of the nation. 

The National Curriculum for art and design aims 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
  • evaluate and analyse 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. 

The National Curriculum for design and technology aims to ensure that all pupils:

  • 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
  • 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.
Art and Design Book (40.3MB)

Curriculum Map for Design and Technology

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