At Our Lady and St Chad Catholic Academy, we believe that teaching and learning in Art, Food and Design Technology is important because it stimulates creativity, imagination and inventiveness. The Purpose of an Art, Food and Design Technology education is to give pupils the practical skills, concepts and knowledge necessary for them to express responses to ideas and experiences in a visual or tactile form. It fires their imagination and is a fundamental means of personal expression.

Our Art, Food and Design Technology curriculum provides children with opportunities to develop their skills using a range of media and materials. Children learn the skills of drawing, painting, printing, collage, textiles, 3D work and Food preparation. They are given the opportunity to explore and evaluate different creative ideas. Children will be introduced to a range of works and develop knowledge of the styles and Tier 3 vocabulary used by famous artists and designers. It enables children to communicate what they see, feel and think through the use of colour, texture, form, pattern and different materials and processes not only in art but through Textiles and Food. Children become involved in shaping their environments through art and design technology activities. Through this the children learn to make informed judgements and aesthetic and practical decisions. Children explore ideas and meanings through the work of artists and designers. Art and Design Technology is not taught in isolation, combining textiles and art skills in many diverse, spiritual and cultural projects.



Activities in Art, Food and Design Technology are planned so that they build on the prior learning of the students. We give students of all abilities the opportunity  to develop their skills, knowledge and understanding, and we also build planned progression into the scheme of work, so that the students are increasingly  challenged as they move through the school.

We encourage the development of skills, knowledge and understanding that help students make sense of their world as an integral part of the school’s work.  We provide a range of experiences that encourage exploration, observation, problem solving, critical thinking and discussion.

Through formative and summative assessments: Spiritual, moral, social and cultural development are a key part to students’ outcomes. The teaching of art, food and design  technology offers opportunities to support the social development of our students through the way we expect them to work with each other in lessons. Our  groupings allow students to work together, and give them the chance to discuss their ideas and feelings about their own work and the work of others.

Through their collaborative and cooperative work across a range of activities and experiences in art, food and design technology, the students develop respect for the abilities of other students, and a better understanding of themselves. They also develop a respect for the environment, for their own nutritional food life choices and health and safety. They develop their cultural awareness and understanding, and they learn to appreciate the value of differences and similarities. A  variety of experiences teaches them to appreciate that all people are equally important, and that the needs of one are not the same as the needs of many.



Students will have high expectations of themselves through high attainment and personal conduct. Students will enjoy working in an environment that creates an emphasis on success and potential, and where all individuals and their achievements  are valued and celebrated, this will be evident in the high number of “on target and above” results achieved in end of year assessments, Students will have learning experiences that reflect the needs of the local community, thus enabling students to have a sense of pride in their community and they will work with staff to develop this. There will be a yearly increase of students opting for the ADT subjects at KS4. Students will regularly participate in afterschool clubs to support their learning, and the enjoyment of creativity.

Progression Map


Please view the additional documents in school:

  • Curriculum on a page
  • Knowledge Organisers