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Art and Design at Portsdown


At Portsdown, we aim to encourage and inspire children to become creative and skilful artists. A high-quality art and design education should engage and challenge pupils, equipping them with the knowledge and skills to experiment, invent and create their own works of art, craft and design. Through exploring and experimenting, children will learn how to control different media, so that they are able to produce creative work and record their experiences.

The progression of skills we have in place, ensures the children will become proficient in five key areas:

  • Drawing

  • Painting

  • 3D art

  • Textiles

  • Printmaking

As pupils progress, they should be able to think critically and develop a more rigorous understanding of art and design. In each art topic, they will research a particular artist or art movement, in order to understand how art and design both reflect and shape our history, and contribute to culture.

Design Technology at Portsdown Primary School


At Portsdown we aim to inspire pupils’ to become their own designers. A well taught Design Technology curriculum allows children to have opportunities that no other subjects offer. At Portsdown we aim to equip pupils with the tools and knowledge to explore, design and create their own masterpiece. Here at Portsdown we become creators, artists, engineers and chefs, through the design, make and evaluate process.  This fascinating subject allows every child to be unique and show off their own talents.


Purpose of study

Design and technology is an inspiring, rigorous and practical subject. Using creativity and imagination, 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. They acquire a broad range of subject knowledge and draw on disciplines such as mathematics, science, engineering, computing and art. Pupils learn how to take risks, becoming resourceful, innovative, enterprising and capable citizens. Through the evaluation of past and present design and technology, they develop a critical understanding of its impact on daily life and the wider world. High-quality design and technology education makes an essential contribution to the creativity, culture, wealth and well-being of the nation.

Art and Design Technology overview 2017/2018

Art and Design Overview

National Curriculum for Art and Design