Hathersage St. Michael's C of E (A) Primary School

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School Lane, Hathersage, Hope Valley, Derbyshire, S32 1BZ


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Hathersage St. Michael's C of E (A) Primary School

Art, Design and Technology


At Hathersage St. Michael’s CE Primary School, we provide a loving and caring environment that ensures every child has the opportunity to reach their full potential. We are committed to providing all children with learning opportunities to engage in Art and Design Technology and believe that every child within our school should have full access to the Art and DT provision as laid down in the National Curriculum regardless of age, gender or ability.

The intent of our Art and DT education is to give pupils the skills, concepts and knowledge necessary for them to express their responses to ideas and experiences in a visual or tactile form. Art and DT fire children’s imaginations and are a fundamental means of personal expression. While they are essentially a practical subjects, Art and DT provide opportunities for reflection and, with increasing sensitivity, pupils acquire the ability to make informed, critical responses of their own work and that of others. There is great pleasure to be derived from Art and DT learning and, through deeper understanding, pupils gain access to cultural richness and diversity. The appreciation and enjoyment of the visual arts enriches all our lives.

At St. Michael’s, we believe that the learning of Art and DT provide valuable educational- as well as social and cultural- experiences for children of all ages. Pupils develop life skills and have the chance to extend their knowledge of varied practitioners’ lives and works.


Art and DT at our school allow children to develop a range of artistic and design skills, to enjoy and take pride in their work and to express themselves creatively. Through discrete Art and DT lessons- as well as a wide range of cross-curricular opportunities- children are stimulated, encouraged and challenged to enable them to reach the full potential of their Art and DT abilities.

In EYFS, staff follow a skills-based approach providing regular opportunities for exploring colour and colour mixing, investigating textures, different media, and the use of construction materials. All children are encouraged to create artwork, models and products consistent with their developing motor skills and knowledge.

Art and DT are taught across KS1 and KS2 on a weekly basis, in mixed age classes. Teaching of either Art or DT changes on a half-termly basis. Our planning and teaching aims to cover the National Curriculum content in a creative, hands-on way, giving the children opportunities to improve on their existing practical skills and knowledge of the work of great artists and designers.

Following on from their early learning in Nursery, children in Reception up to Year 6 also follow a skills-based approach to Art and DT. In Art this consists of introducing the basics of drawing, painting, printing, collage and sculpture in KS1, which can then be honed, developed and built upon in KS2. In DT, the process of research, design, manufacture, testing and evaluation is implemented in both KS1 and KS2 across a range of diverse topics. These include textiles and use of materials, food and nutrition, construction and basic mechanisms.

Alongside our formal lessons, Art and DT are encouraged across other curriculum areas sessions and Art and DT based clubs as well as a wide range of school and village events. In addition, children have access to various special themed activities. These include annual involvement in a Christmas Arts festival, village Christmas card design and village Gala programme design.


Our Art and DT Curriculum is planned to demonstrate progression and to stimulate creativity. Pupils are clear about what the intended outcomes are and have a means to measure their own work against this, as a means of expression or to explore the styles of other artists that inspire our own work.

In Art and DT, children are reflective and evaluate their own and each other’s work, thinking about how they can make changes to keep improving. This is meaningful and continuous throughout the process, with evidence of age-related verbal and written reflection.

Knowledge and Skills document Art and Design Update December 2023.pdf

Knowledge and Skills document Design Technology Updated December 2023.pdf

Amazing Art and Design Technology at Hathersage!

Have you ever wanted to be a contestant on ‘The Great British Bake Off’? How about being the next great painter like Claude Monet or Berthe Morisot? At our school, children from Nursery to Year 6 have the chance to fully explore and achieve their potential in both Art and Design Technology.

Our children are given a wide range of opportunities to develop artistic skills including drawing, painting, collage and sculpture as well as Design Technology techniques like technical drawing, creating design criteria food preparation, cutting and joining, sewing, creating basic mechanisms and evaluation skills. Through exciting, engaging practical activities, all children are encouraged to challenge and expand their skills and knowledge and create varied works of art and products. In addition, all children have the chance to learn about great artists and designers of the past and present day in order to gain inspiration for their own work.

Art and Design Technology at our school are not subjects that are only used once a week. Across all phases, cross-curricular activities – adding purpose and interest to different subjects - is at the heart of teaching and learning at Hathersage School. Art and Design Technology skills are used to enhance learning in subjects such as Science, History, Geography, RE, Computing, PSHE and even Maths and English! We also run a variety of cross-curricular Art and Design Technology themed clubs for the children to attend at different points through the year.

As well as classroom-based Art and Design Technology activities, at our school we love to get out and about to expand our knowledge and skills. Children get regular opportunities to create wild art and structures as part of the curriculum and have also visited various locations to enjoy some Art and Design Technology activities. Our children have visited the nearby David Mellor Design Museum to learn about local design history and Weston Park Museum in Sheffield to design habitats and puppets linked to their Science topic and toys linked to their History study. Classes have also been to Crich Tramway Village to experience the changes in vehicle design over the years and enjoy the woodland sculpture trail and Derby Open Centre to try their hand at some Arabic art and Asian cookery!

As well as visiting different places for our Art and Design Technology, we also really like to welcome artists and designers into our school. We have been lucky enough to have visits from staff and students from the Art Department of Sheffield Hallam University, a local Botanical Artist, a Furniture Designer and a published Illustrator.

Have a look through the pictures to see a few of the amazing Art and Design Technology activities we have going on at Hathersage School!