Art & DT



At Foxhole Learning Academy, the Art curriculum is designed to facilitate engaging, question-based enquiry whilst developing skills progression across the school. This should allow the children to consolidate and build upon key skills and knowledge from previous years. A range of exciting topics are crafted by the staff and children to ensure all children are completely immersed in their learning. Leading to our pupils being enthusiastic learners. A high quality art education should encourage, inspire and challenge pupils, equipping them with the knowledge and skills to experiment, invent and create their own works of art, craft and design. As pupils move through Foxhole Learning Academy they should be able to think critically and develop a rigorous understanding of art and design. They should know how art and design both reflect and shape our history.

The Aims for Art and Design being delivered ensuring:

  1.     Produce creative work, exploring their ideas and recording their experiences
  2.      Become proficient in drawing, painting, sculpture and other art, craft and design techniques
  3.      Evaluate and analyse creative works using the language of art, craft and design
  4.      Know about great artists, craft makers and designers, and understand the historical and cultural development of their art forms.



  •          Lessons are planned using skills progressions to feed knowledge across year groups and skills taught up through the school providing diagonal learning across the school.
  •          A range of areas are covered including painting, drawing/sketching, printing and sculpture. More detail can be found in the Long term plans.
  •          Pupils are taught about a range of artists and designers to give inspiration to our units, these are individual to topics to encourage cross-curricular links. Further learning about local, national and international artist are explored to enhance learning.
  •          The skills of discussion, refection and critique are encouraged in each lesson to evaluate their own and others art.
  •          KIRFs (Key Instant Recall Facts) are being introduced the impact of these at the start of Art lesson will develop children’s long term memory of their learning.
  •          Art Week will enhance children’s learning and give the opportunity for collaborative working and exploring the different styles and techniques of a range of artists.



Early Years Foundation Stage

Child initiated and adult directed activities allow pupils to explore and use a variety of media and materials. They have the opportunity to learn to:

  •          Explore the textures, movement, feel and look of different media and materials
  •          Respond to a range of media and materials, develop their understanding of them in order to manipulate and create different effects.
  •          Use different media and materials to express their own ideas · Explore colour and use for a particular purpose
  •          Develop skills to use simple tools and techniques competently and appropriately
  •          Select appropriate media and techniques and adapt their work where necessary

Key stage 1

Pupils are taught:

  •          To use a range of materials creatively to design and make products
  •          To use drawing, painting and sculpture to develop and share their ideas, experiences and imagination
  •          To develop a wide range of art and design techniques in using colour, pattern, texture, line, shape, form and space.
  •          About the work of a range of artists, craft makers and designers, describing the differences and similarities between different practices and disciplines, and making links to their own work

Key stage 2

Pupils are taught to develop their techniques, including their control and their use of materials, with creativity, experimentation and an increasing awareness of different kinds of art, craft and design.

Pupils are taught:

  •          To create sketch books to record their observations and use them to review and revisit ideas
  •          To improve their mastery of art and design techniques, including drawing, painting and sculpture with a range of materials [for example, pencil, charcoal, paint, clay]
  •          About great artists, architects and designers in history

Design and Technology



At Foxhole Learning Academy we intend to build a Design Technology curriculum which develops learning and results in the acquisition of knowledge and skills. Children will know more, remember more and understand more.

We intend to design a design technology curriculum with appropriate subject knowledge, skills and understanding as set out in the National Curriculum Design Technology Programmes of study, to fulfil the duties of the NC whereby schools must provide a balanced and broadly-based curriculum which promotes the spiritual, moral, cultural, mental and physical development of pupils and prepares them for the opportunities and responsibilities and experiences for later life


  • Clear and comprehensive scheme of work in line with the National Curriculum. The Design Technology National Curriculum and EYFS is planned for and covered in full within the EYFS, KS1 and KS2 school curriculum. Whilst the EYFS and National Curriculum forms the foundation of our curriculum, we make sure that children learn additional skills, knowledge and understanding and enhance our curriculum as and when necessary.
  • Delivery of design and technology projects with a clear structure. Each year group will undertake a construction topic, a textile topic and a food/drink topic.
  • Delivery showing clear following of the design process where each project fill follow: research, design, make and evaluate.
  • Each year group has a garden plot and takes ownership and responsibility for cultivating the relevant crops.
  • A range of skills will be taught ensuring that children are aware of health and safety issues related to the tasks undertaken
  • Clear and appropriate cross curricular links to underpin learning in multi areas across the curriculum giving the children opportunities to learn life skills and apply skills to ‘hands on’ situations in a purposeful context.
  • Cross curricular project booklets. Children will undertake design tasks and use skills from across the curriculum to fully explore the design process evaluating work ensuring that it is of the highest possible quality. These project books will be thoroughly marked and assessed against the curriculum objective. Children are also asked to self-evaluate their work.
  • Design Technology focused displays in every classroom alongside celebrating the outstanding three dimensional creations on display throughout the school. These displays celebrate exceptional practice and exemplify terminology and vocabulary used.
  • Independent learning: In design technology children may well be asked to solve problems and develop their learning independently. This allows the children to have ownership over their curriculum and lead their own learning in Design Technology.
  •  Collaborative learning: In design and technology children may well be asked to work as part of a team learning to support and help one another towards a challenging, yet rewarding goal.



  • Children will have clear enjoyment and confidence in design and technology that they will then apply to other areas of the curriculum.
  • Children will ultimately know more, remember more and understand more about Design Technology, demonstrating this knowledge when using tools or skills in other areas of the curriculum and in opportunities out of school.
  • The large majority of children will achieve age related expectations in Design Technology.
  •  As designers children will develop skills and attributes they can use beyond school and into adulthood.
Art Club Spring Term
During the Spring Term Art Club will be learning about a new artist each week. They began learning about Piet Mondrian a Dutch abstract artist.