Honley CE (VC) Junior, Infant and Nursery School

Art and DT Curriculum Map


Art and DT

It is our belief that all children should have access to Art, Design and Food Technology in order to foster a lifelong love and appreciation of these subjects. We strive to present children with a diverse range of experiences, so that they can experience Art, Design and Food technology from different cultures and periods of historical significance. Our intention is that children will be inspired to develop ideas and create Art, Design and Food Technology from a wide range of starting points and subjects across the curriculum.

Children will develop ideas which involves understanding how ideas develop through an artistic, design and creative process.

Children will develop a skill set so that they can communicate ideas effectively and develop a passion and commitment to the subject.

The curriculum is structured to enable children to learn from both the artistic process and techniques of inspirational artists, designers and architects present and past.

The curriculum enables children to develop visual language skilfully and convincingly – line, shape, pattern, colour, texture and form.

Opportunities to draw from observation, memory and imagination, invent marks, deconstruct and develop ideas and communicate through purposeful drawing in 2D, 3D or digital media.

The curriculum builds knowledge and understanding of artists, craft makers and designers. Children are given opportunities to develop their own ideas and think independently and creatively, selecting tools, materials, techniques and processes to realise intentions.

The art curriculum will enable children to reflect, analyse and critically evaluate their own and others’ work using a growing technical vocabulary and knowledge or art and artists.


Food technology our intention is to enable children to learn about health and hygiene when preparing food through the correct use of tools safely and understanding the different foods through source, culture and sustainability. It aims to provide the life skills required for the future.

Home Learning: Art and DT



You don\’t need fancy art materials. Just provide access to as many types of drawing tools as you have in the house (even Biro\’s are fine). Children can draw on opened-out envelopes or the backs of food packages. Be creative and don\’t feel restricted by lack of \”proper\” materials.



Obviously a child needs a physical space to work, but they also need mental space. Once you are sure they understand the activity, try not to hover and watch them. Hang back and give them space. It’s also important to let them go off on tangents – if something captures their imagination and they follow their own path, then celebrate that. Now isn’t the time to know them back and try to keep them ”on task” when actually following their own path at this stage is probably more important. 



Remember creativity is a very fragile process. Who doesn’t remember someone telling them they can’t sing or can’t draw, and then that person never revisiting that activity as an adult. When a child or teenager has made something, don’t be too quick to judge or dismiss what they have done. Try asking them to tell you about it (if they are younger), or try the activity yourself to see how the experience was for you, and then have a shared conversation about it. Be positive and open!


we recognise you might not have access to paint at home. Consider using this as a time for exploration to introduce children to new types of paint. Challenge children to think about what natural materials they might have, much like the people creating cave art might have used.  Try some of these homemade paint options:

Coffee art



Fruit and vegetable paint



Food colouring watercolours



Found object artmaking is a medium that has been explored by artists throughout the ages. Let your children’s creativity flow by creating with the objects they have around them.

Here is a list of found objects that might help inspire your children. Try one of these found object ideas:

Found Object Colour Wheel: Using the objects found throughout one’s home, have students collect as many coloured objects as they can to create a colour wheel. It will become a fun challenge to see how many different objects in different hues one can find at their home.




Create temporary sculptures with household items. Have your child/ren photograph them, and use them as a drawing inspiration. When you eventually get back to the classroom, students can recreate their sculptures with other materials.

Have your child/ren create stop-motion videos using clay-like material. This can be done with clay, play-doh, or even cookie dough.


Paper pottery


 Cardboard sculpture ideas



Here are some additional clay recipes you can try to make their own homemade clay:





Lessons with Limited Supplies

When it comes to limited supplies, drawing is going to be the best way to have our students find success. They can simply draw with the materials they have, any type of mark-making and paper will do the trick.

Use these drawing prompts to continue your students’ drawing skills.



Draw a continuous line drawing – work hard to not let your pen/pencil come off the page! Challenge yourself to draw small objects from the home ( bunch of keys, shoes, toys, coins, pegs etc….


Draw things from different rooms in your home:-

Bathroom – toothbrush, sponge, shampoo bottle etc….


How to draw a …… YouTube tutorials that are fun for children.( the host also has a child drawing next to him).



There are lots more examples on Youtube.