Dairy Meadow Primary and Nursery School

Subject Overview

Art & Design

Aims and objectives:

The teaching of Art and Design at Dairy Meadow is to give our children a high-quality art and design education that will 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. We want children to gain the substantive knowledge of recognising different artists and artistic styles alongside the disciplinary knowledge that leads to our young people creating masterpieces in a range of media. 

We want our artists and sculptors to be reflective of their creations - with the vocabulary to be able to articulate what was successful and what needs to be improved. Our learners will also know how Art and Design both reflects and shapes our history, and contribute to the culture, creativity and wealth of our community.

Teaching and Learning:

Art and Design is a subject that will be explored in a cross curricular manner using the Cornerstones curriculum. Our art champion will map out the curriculum so the children can be exposed to a wide range of artistic styles and skills that fit into the driver subject of each topic. Art lessons will see the build up in skills over units and allow children the chance to revisit this knowledge across year groups. The art curriculum will be given a purpose as children explore topics as diverse as environmental art, still life and the role of BAME artists. Our priority to ensure that our children’s creativity and individuality is encouraged, which will give children the confidence to excel in the field of art and design. 

Additional Support:

The use of quality first teaching methods (scaffolding, modelling) will encourage children to explore different methods of art and design (drawing, painting, sculpting, designing and making products). Effective questioning and modelling will be integrated within a lesson ensuring that all students have access to quality learning as well as the access to additional adults. Children who have been identified as making slow progress will be given the chances to practice their artistic skills and use metacognition documents/knowledge organisers and vocabulary ladders to catch up.


Children’s work will be assessed against a given criteria where teachers and peers will comment on the effectiveness of a piece of art. Skills that have been taught discretely for this topic (e.g. shading, printing) will be reflected on and additional support given as necessary. Children will be able to track the art work completed through their Dairy Meadow journey in sketchbooks and art journals, using these to reflect back as necessary. Finally, they will be given the opportunity to present their final products/ masterpieces to their class where they will be encouraged to receive and give constructive feedback.

Staff Development:

A survey will be sent out to gauge staff understanding and knowledge of Art and Design. This information will be used to create learning opportunities for staff to encourage them to teach effective and engaging art and design lessons.

Monitoring and Evaluating:

In order to be effective champions we will ensure that take part in a pupil voice survey to engage what the children enjoy about art and design and how they feel it can be improved.  We are also hoping to be given the opportunity to view art and design lessons taking part in different year groups, ensuring that lessons are engaging and constructive. Pupil voice will be collected at every available opportunity and all subject champions/leads will be guided on the art of the subject 'Deep Dive'.

Enrichment Opportunities:

As champions we have a dedication to raising young people’s engagement and achievement in STEM.  Therefore, we hope to invite STEM Ambassadors from a wide range of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) related jobs including engineers, designers, architects, scientists and technicians. 

Having taught children that possess the abilities to become the next world renowned artists, we want to be able to display children’s art work in a Dairy Meadow Art Gallery, show casing our children’s’ wonderful learning where they will be able to discuss their creative pieces with the wider community.

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