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Art and DT week Tuesday 15th June - Thursday 17th June 2021


This year has been extremely difficult with Covid restrictions dictating how many lessons can or cannot be taught. However, fantastic news, the art and design technology week was still able to take place! This year the theme was animal sculptures and each class were given an eight foot wooden carving of their chosen animal and challenged to bring it to life using a range of materials and resources. The animals were a mixture of woodland and jungle animals and will be displayed outside around the school.


The children have practiced many different skills this week including planning, testing materials,  painting, drawing, printing, clay sculpture, teamwork, evaluation and lots more! The finished pieces look absolutely amazing and once varnished, will be ready to be displayed for all to enjoy.


In the meantime, here are some photographs of the finished pieces (please zoom to appreciate the level of detail and range of different materials used).


Mr Connolly





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Art and DT week (February 2020). This year, each class was set the challenge of producing a (whole class) design based around a book that they had read within their classroom. Reception and years 1, 2 and 3 were to be art based and years 4, 5 and 6 were asked to do the same but with an extra challenge of also including an element of DT! All classes were given 2 ½ days to complete their projects and all have worked in collaboration and extremely hard to complete them to a very high standard. What you see displayed here are the completed projects from each class; enjoy!

Design and Technology projects.




The UN convention on the rights of the child:

Every child has the right to an education…

Education must develop every child’s personality, talents and abilities to the full…

(Article 28/29), Rights of the Child, UNICEF.


Camp Hill Primary School Ethos:

At Camp Hill Primary our ethos is to provide every individual child with rich, creative and inclusive experiences which prepare them for a lifetime of learning and challenges! Through our warm, caring and compassionate approach, we will support and nurture every unique and special member of the Camp Hill family.


What we want pupils to learn in Design Technology at Camp Hill:

  • Develop knowledge and skill; designing/making products through each key-stage
  • Learn about famous designers (past and present) and their impact on society
  • Consider how DT (Design and Technology) affects our daily lives and the role it plays for different groups of people
  • Research, design and communicate their ideas; sharing ideas and learning from others
  • Make , investigate and analyse products and learn about cooking and nutrition
  • Use technical knowledge to understand and use materials, systems and programs
  • Develop knowledge and understanding of health and safety


What we want pupils to be able to do at Camp Hill:

  • Have opportunities in every year group to design, make and evaluate a wide range of products
  • Work within areas of DT including: technical, electrical, control, structure, food and textiles
  • Feel confident to take risks so that they become resourceful, innovative and enterprising as designers and makers


What experiences we want pupils to have at Camp Hill:

  • Opportunities, through teaching and learning, to be creative and innovative
  • Make cross curricular links with core and foundation subjects
  • Have time to make changes and improve their designs
  • Develop their appreciation, understanding, technical thinking and enjoyment of DT


What values we want to promote to pupils at Camp Hill:

  • Recognise and appreciate the value of DT in today’s world and how it enhances people’s lives
  • Respect the ideas and work of others
  • Understand that successful designers come about through trial and error, making prototypes, evaluating and improving designs
  • Appreciate the importance of design, innovation and creativity in everyday life


Inspirational thoughts:

"Design is not just what it looks like and feels like. Design is how it works" - Steve Jobs, co-founder of Apple, Inc.

"Design is intelligence made visible" - Alina Wheeler, author

"It's through mistakes that you actually can grow. You have to get bad in order to get good" - Paula Scher, graphic designer and painter


Design Technology at Camp Hill Primary:

Design Technology subject leader – Mr M Connolly.

Current pupil ambassador – Miss L Smalley (Yr5 - 2019)