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Draycott and Rodney Stoke CE First School



Design and Technology is an inspiring and practical subject which incorporates creativity and imagination. Pupils follow a process to design and make products that solve real and relevant problems within a variety of contexts, considering their own and others’ needs. Through this process they acquire a broad range of subject knowledge and draw on other subject areas such as mathematics, science, ICT and art. Design and Technology enables pupils to learn how to take risks, and be resourceful and innovative. Through the evaluation of past and present products, pupils develop an understanding of the impact of D & T on daily life and the world around them.


Art & Design

The National Curriculum states that art, craft and design embodies some of the highest forms of human creativity. A high-quality art and design education should engage, inspire and challenge pupils, equipping them with the knowledge and skills to experiment, invent and create their own works of art, craft and design. As pupils progress, they should be able to think critically and develop a more rigorous understanding of art and design. They should also know how art and design both reflect and shape our history, and contribute to the culture, creativity and wealth of our nation.

At Draycott and Rodney Stoke First School we aim for children to: produce creative work, exploring their ideas and recording their experiences; become proficient in drawing, painting, sculpture and other art, craft and design techniques; evaluate and analyse creative works using the language of art, craft and design; know about great artists, craft makers and designers, and understand the historical and cultural development of their art forms. We aim to engage, inspire and challenge pupils, equipping them with the knowledge and skills to experiment, invent and create their own works of art, craft and design.



As with art & design, we recognise that music can be seen as a universal language that again embodies one of the highest forms of creativity.  We believe that a good music education should engage and inspire pupils to develop a love of music and their talent as musicians, and so increase their self-confidence, creativity and sense of achievement. As pupils progress, they should develop a critical engagement with music, allowing them to compose and to listen with discrimination to the best in the musical canon.

Our aim in music includes the opportunities for all pupils to:

  • enjoy, perform, listen to, review and evaluate music across a range of historical periods, genres, styles and traditions, including the works of the great composers and musicians
  • learn to sing and to use their voices, to create and compose music on their own and with others, have the opportunity to learn a musical instrument, use technology appropriately and have the opportunity to progress to the next level of musical excellence
  • understand and explore how music is created, produced and communicated, including through the inter-related dimensions: pitch, duration, dynamics, tempo, timbre, texture, structure and appropriate musical notations.


We try to foster a love of music within the school by giving all our children opportunities to listen to and perform music.

Our children love singing and we teach a wide variety of songs in all our classes. The older children join with other first schools to extend skills. Children in years 3 and 4 learn a stringed instrument and we hope to encourage many of these to continue with individual lessons. Throughout the school, the children benefit from external singing tuition.

We also have visiting music teachers who provide tuition for a whole range of instruments.