Our approach to Art

Intent of curriculum:

Our school vision ‘Ready, Respectful, Safe’, demonstrates our goal, which is, to strive for every pupil to be ready to learn, fulfil their potential, develop resilience, work in partnership with each other, be a responsible citizen, have value and respect each other. The personal development of pupils, spiritually, morally, socially and culturally, plays a significant part in children’s ability to learn and achieve, which is why at Poplar we weave this through school life and our curriculum. We foster the ideals of our pupils having their own values and beliefs, spiritual awareness, high standards of personal behaviour, a positive, caring attitude towards other people, an understanding of their social and cultural traditions and an appreciation of the diversity and richness of the cultures.


At Poplar, Religious Education has a significant role in developing children’s understanding of spiritual, moral, social and cultural (SMSC) development. We hope to engage and inspire children by exploring different religious beliefs and practices, providing them with a rigorous understanding of faiths and religious traditions that are reflective of our community and the wider world. We encourage the children to speak openly about different faiths and traditions in order to foster an environment which promotes inclusivity, reflection and a sense of belonging. Religious Education is fundamental in enabling children to be respectful towards other faiths and beliefs, equipping them with the tools they need to be understanding and compassionate learners


Our approach to Design Technology

Intent of curriculum:

At Poplar we aim to provide a high-quality Design Technology education. This should engage, inspire and challenge pupils, equipping them with the knowledge and skills to design, make and evaluate a range of products. As pupils progress, they should be able to think and work creatively to solve problems both as individuals and as members of a team. The children should also be given opportunities to reflect upon and evaluate past and present Design Technology, its uses and its effectiveness and be encouraged to become innovators and risktakers. DT allows children to apply the knowledge and skills learned in other subjects, particularly Maths, Science and Art. Children’s interests are captured through theme learning, ensuring that links are made in a cross curricular way, giving children motivation and meaning for their learning. Children at Poplar are encouraged to develop their imagination, their critical thinking and their understanding of the world around them through their love of Design and Technology. We aim for our children to question and think innovatively about the world around them in order to design and develop their own products with a purpose in mind.