Students are mixed into House groups that participate in technology and arts programme run over the year.

The students attend technology once a week for six weeks. The technology cycle includes Digital Technology, Hard Materials, Food/Fabric, Science, Languages Other Than English, Art and Music. These are undertaken over the year.

Visual Arts

Each term the focus changes depending upon what the whole school focus is. Students are encouraged to work in small groups to discuss, design, and develop art under a big umbrella idea.    (A specialist Art teacher takes this programme.)

After school Art is also available for those keen artists who would like extra opportunities to get involved in creative design.

Food Technology and Soft Materials

Napier Intermediate run a two year programme, alternating food technology and soft materials.

Food Technology
The students learn about food hygiene and how to prepare and cook using a recipe.

Soft Materials
The students learn about the planning process, using sewing machines, and construction.

Hard Materials

The emphasis in hard materials is on the planning process.

The students draft and design their piece of work, gaining experience using a variety of tools. The students work towards completing a finished product.

Each year the types of materials students work with vary depending on the design brief set.

Digital Technology

The digital technologies curriculum brings the focus on learning into two key areas: 

  • Computational Thinking:  Encouraging students to become creators of digital technology, not just users
  • Designing and Developing Digital Outcomes: Learning how to design quality, fit for purpose, digital solutions

During the Digital Technology programme, your child will explore these areas through: 

  • Robotics – SPIKE Prime (Lego), Edison Bots
  • 3D design and modelling
  • 3D printing
  • Coding
  • Movie making

Languages Other Than English (LOTE)

The students explore the different cultures and languages of the world. Learning how to say simple greetings, ask questions, and count.

Even years: French and German.
Odd years:  Spanish and Japanese.


Students will explore how to work safely, behave ethically, report results and procedures clearly and honestly, present evidence that is credible and work collaboratively.

Performing Arts

Conventions of the performing arts are explored in their year groups. A teacher from each house takes a six week unit of each performing arts.

Students explore the different types of dance from line dancing to hip-hop.

The students explore space, body awareness, and expression through a variety of drama games and activities. The students are able to use what they’ve learnt and extend their learning in the school production every two years.

The students explore sound, rhythm, and pitch through a variety of musical instruments and activities. A specialist Music teacher takes this programme. Students will learn to read music, play the ukulele, study many styles of music and play in a percussion group.

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