Cookham Rise Primary School

Art and DT




Cookham Rise is committed to providing children with a rich and engaging artistic experience. We firmly believe it is a subject that enriches all our lives, giving abundant opportunities to achieve and enjoy. We strive for a school community where talent and artistic excellence for all, are thriving and celebrated.


Art is taught through our cross-curricular topics and follows the requirements of the National Curriculum. Teachers plan a sequential block of work linked to their current theme. Within this, children will examine the key elements of line, colour, texture, shape, form, space, tone and pattern. A wide range of mediums and materials are used, including collage, textiles, painting, drawing, printing, sculpture and ICT. Children are taught skills to enable them to use their imagination to express and communicate ideas, thoughts and feelings. Children will regularly examine the work of other artists; discussing and thinking critically about their work as well as using to inform their own work.


Children at Cookham Rise have the opportunity to periodically work with professional artists through our partnership with Norden Farm. This enriches their experiences and supports their aspirations for the future.


Cookham Rise is committed to constantly evaluating and developing its art provision. As a School, we look for opportunities to widen our experience, refresh our creativity and enable us to approach our teaching with vigour and passion.


'Every child is an artist.

The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up.'

Pablo Picasso

At sea

Clay fish

Fish sculptures

Beetle art

A world of colour!

year 4 collage

Stick man sculptures

Frozen worlds art

Year 4 worked with watercolours and wax to create stunning batik effect elephants

Some lovely colour blending when year 3 and 4 created their Greek pots.

Design and Technology


Design and Technology is a central part of our World. At Cookham Rise, we aim to develop skills and knowledge in design, structures, mechanisms, electrical control and food.  All our projects involve making functional products. It is a subject which nurtures creativity and innovation, drawing relevance from the world around us.


We follow the National Curriculum and also take advice and guidance from the Design and Technology Association (


Design and technology lessons are broken down into:-


  1. Activities which involve investigating and evaluating existing products.
  2. Focused practical tasks in which children develop particular aspects of knowledge and skills.
  3. Designing and making activities in which children design and make ‘something’ for ‘somebody’ for ‘some purpose.’
  4. Evaluation

Our D & T projects are built into out creative curriculum topics and follow the current theme. It is an exciting subject that has great relevance to the modern world. Who knows, we could have the next great designer amongst us! 

Year 6

Year 5 worked with Norden Farm to create Ancient Roman figure sculptures