Art and D&T (Design & Technology)


Before a child talks, they sing. Before they write, they draw. As soon as they stand, they dance. Art is fundamental to human expression. 



Here is how we teach Art and D&T as well as Cooking at Capel Manor Primary School. Click on each of their names to find out more information.

Art and Design

Children see before they speak, make marks before they write, build before they walk but the children’s ability to appreciate and interpret these things is influenced by the quality of their art, craft and design education. That is why Art and Design has been integrated into our creative curriculum so that we can teach it to a high standard. All of the artwork that the children will create is linked to the different books that they will be reading in each topic or centred around the topic itself. The children will gain various skills by being exposed to different art media throughout the school e.g. printing, sculpture, painting, weaving, drawing and collage. The curriculum has been revised so that it is be fully inclusive of all of the changes in the New National Curriculum.


Design Technology

Design and Technology is an inspiring, rigorous and practical subject. Using creativity and imagination, our pupils at Capel Manor Primary School design and make products that solve real and relevant problems within a variety of contexts, considering their own and others’ needs, wants and values. All of the children’s projects have been linked to the books and the topics that the children will be studying in that term. The children cover a wide range of skills from learning how to sew textiles to cooking food products. The Design and Technology curriculum has been updated to make sure that it follows the New National Curriculum so that the new skills are covered. 


Cooking and Nutrition

Cooking and Nutrition is taught alongside Design Technology when the children have to design and make a food product for a client. We have also planned in opportunities when the children can cook for festivals or special occasions for example: Capel Camp, Capel Restaurant, Christmas or Bonfire Night. We feel it is vitally important that all of the children at Capel Manor Primary School know about healthy eating, where our food comes from and how to cook as these are skills that they will need throughout their life.


Have a look and see what fantastic projects we have been completing!


Art Exhibition

Year 3 Tate Britain Display

As a celebration of British education, the renowned artist, Steve McQueen is showcasing photographs of year 3 classes from a selection of London schools. These will be exhibited in the Tate Britain from November 2019. We are very proud to say that Capel Manor Primary School are a part of this incredible exhibition.

Christmas Hoops

Capel Manor Primary School designed, made and exhibited Christmas Hoops this year using a range of Art and Design and Technology skills such as sculpture, painting and paper quilling. These were displayed in the Main hall for all to enjoy over the festive period. All children designed, made a finished product using various materials and evaluated the outcome. When they had been displayed their incredible designs the children took them home to decorate their homes!

Egg Mobile Challenge

One of our whole school favourite D&T events is the designing and constructing of Egg Mobiles! The children all participated in this event and we were thrilled to see the outcomes. A lot of clever thinking had gone into the finished product and we then raced each of them to see which could go the furthest. We even had an egg in a tennis ball this year - a very ingenious design! We then completed a whole school evaluation to see what went well & what could be improved to be even more successful.

St Ignatius Year 6 Crossover

We are very proud to say that this year we have forged links with our local Secondary School St Ignatius College. This year, both Year 6 students from Capel Manor Primary School and Year 9 students from St Ignatius College have had the opportunity to visit each other’s Art Departments and participate in some fantastic Art and Design & Technology projects. St Ignatius' students supported and helped design an incredible sculpture inspired by Dale Chihuly’s exhibition at Kew Gardens. The finished sculpture is breath-taking and is made from recycled materials and objects which in turn also highlight our need to support and help the environment, a pledge which Capel Manor Primary School take extremely seriously.

Both Year 6 Year groups also visited St Ignatius College and participated in a printing workshop in the advanced Art facilities. The work produced was of an extremely high standard and was inspired by the African Artist Abdoulaye Konaté (Mali, born 1953) who works in both Printing and Textiles. Here are some of the finished products!

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