Part of the Glyn Academies Trust

Art and Design and Technology

"Art encourages children to think, developing skills and confidence as they go."  (F. Kohl)


At Hillcroft, the primary purpose of the Art Curriculum is to inspire the children to be creative and experimental, and respond with individuality, allowing them to develop their own style over their time here.  We develop the children’s basic skills and techniques, using a wide range of media and materials, with increased confidence and purpose. The children will learn the skills of drawing, painting, printing, 3D art, collage, textiles and digital art, and these will be layered over time and be visible and evident in the children’s final pieces of artwork. The teaching will be focused and modelled clearly, giving all children the best opportunity to access the learning.

The children are introduced to,  and develop a knowledge of a range of artists and genres, and are encouraged to appraise and evaluate artwork through discussion and critical response. They also learn to reflect on and evaluate their own artwork, and that of their peers. 

Art is a subject through which mindfulness can be achieved and a calm atmosphere is created, with an ethos based on all children being artists at every level, to enrich their experience and create an enthusiasm for the subject.

Design and Technology:

At Hillcroft, we believe that design and technology helps to prepare children for the developing world and encourages them to become curious and creative problem-solvers, both as individuals and as part of a team. We encourage our children to use their creativity and understanding when developing ideas, planning, making products and evaluating them. Whilst enabling them to talk about what they like and dislike when designing and making.

Design and Technology also embeds our HIllcroft Learning Behaviours. It is an inspiring, and practical subject, requiring creativity and resourcefulness. At HIllcroft, the Design and Technology curriculum combines skills, knowledge, concepts and values to enable children to tackle real problems. We aim to, wherever possible, link work to other disciplines such as mathematics, science, computing and art. 

We adapt our teaching of design and technology to meet the needs of all pupils, and provide learning opportunities that enable them to make progress. The children are encouraged to become risk takers and to foster enjoyment, satisfaction and purpose in designing and making.