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Cotmanhay Junior School

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Art / DT

We aim to engage, inspire and challenge pupils, stimulating creativity and firing the imagination. It enables children to communicate what they see, feel and think through using different materials and processes, providing a context for risk taking, experimentation, invention, self-expression and problem solving. The act of investigating and making, equips pupils with a variety of skills and allows them to improve their ability to control materials, tools and techniques.


“Art is not just a subject to learn, but an activity that you can practise with your hands, your eyes, your whole personality.” Quentin Blake


A range of open-ended activities provide children with opportunities to explore developing an enjoyment and appreciation for artists, craftspeople and designers from different cultures. Children are encouraged to be resilient, selecting and evaluating their own ideas to use in their two and three dimensional work.


Art and Design is taught by two expert art teachers who cover PPA in our dedicated art room. We are very proud of this specialist facility and you will be amazed when walking through our school at all the incredible work on display. Have a look at some photos from around the school in the slideshow below.

Click below to view our yearly art and design topics across the school...

Click below to see how our art and DT skills progress throughout Key Stage 2.

In every subject, in every lesson, vocabulary is prioritised and explicitly taught. Click below to see our art and DT vocabulary across Key Stage 2.