“A way of expressing our history, our cultures and our creativity!”


Intent – What is the importance of teaching Art & DT to children at Fairburn View? 

Our Art & DT intent is to provide creative, sensory, and inspiring lessons that will display the children’s skills. Whilst we strive for results across key stages, there is an overwhelming importance of the children’s wellbeing, and therefore, progress they make throughout their journey at Fairburn View is of greater importance to us. Right from foundation stage, to year 6, we ensure all children, including SEN, disadvantaged, and other identified cohorts, can access and make progress in all aspects of Art & DT lessons. By the time year 6 children will leave Fairburn View Primary, they will have a good understanding of colour theory, and will be able to feed this theory in to completing paintings and sketches. They will learn about size and proportion, particularly when focusing on landscape, still life, and portraits. Alongside, developing their fine motor, and assembly skills in DT, children will also leave with basic cooking and kitchen preparation skills, ready for later life.

  • The teaching of Art & DT provides children of all abilities, inclusive of SEND and disadvantaged, to access and enjoy a subject with no limitations, boosting self-confidence.
  • Art & DT allows children to practice fine motor skills and enjoy an engaging and creative sensory experience.
  • The subject allows those less academic children to broaden their employment aspirations to those more creative and ‘hands on’.
  • DT provides children with fundamental life skills to help them in the future.
  • Art & DT improves children’s culture and social diversity, opening their eyes to the wider world.
  • It allows children to express themselves, and enjoy team creative activities, improve overall well-being. Taught in a variety of fun, and engaging ways, a love of learning and independent exploration available to all.
  • Children are given the opportunity to appreciate a range of different artists, learning the history of their work, and styles specific to the artist. Children can use this to influence their own art work.

                           “There’s room for everybody on the planet to be creative and conscious if you are your own person”.

Implementation – How do we implement the teaching of Art & DT across all key stages at Fairburn View Primary School? 

The Art & DT curriculum requires that children are introduced to a wide range of skill, as well as having a sound understanding of various well-known artists. At Fairburn View, we feel that it is greatly important for children to build on these skills; therefore, we ensure that teaching is revisited over the different key stages, right from nursery, through to when children leave for high school, continuingly developing on prior knowledge and broadening learning each time. It is also key for children to learn about artists with varied artistic styles, as this is reflective of the children in the class, and their artistic abilities and products. It allows children to feel confident in expressing themselves in different artistic forms, as well as appreciating a range of art and design.



The teaching of Art & DT is split into three focused strands of art: landscape painting, portrait drawing, and 3D art, which is included into every year group. Implementation of DT into the school curriculum is covered in varied ways. Examples include; structure, cooking, textiles and mechanisms. The carefully considered plan ensures that each year group revisits the taught strands of art and DT to recap, build, and deepen their understanding and skills, leading to year 6 children being secure in their Art & DT subject knowledge and skills set before leaving primary school. 

 “We can and we will”


Every child at Fairburn View Primary School is given the opportunity to access and progress in Art & DT. With carefully selected resources, support and differentiation we are able to adapt the curriculum to fit the needs of every child.

Impact – What is the impact from teaching children at Fairburn View Primary School Art & DT? 

“Every child is an artist”.

Art & DT is taught inclusively at Fairburn View Primary School ensuring that every child has the opportunity to flourish in the subject. With careful planning, children are able to explore with different mediums, be inspired by different artists, and ultimately ‘have a go’ at whatever interests them. We hope, that giving them such a broad range of Art & DT experiences, they find enjoyment in the subject and find their creative flair.

We believe that if children are keeping up with the curriculum, they are deemed to be making good or better progress. In addition, we measure the impact of our curriculum through the following methods:
• Monitoring of lessons against outcomes in children’s sketchbooks.
• Completion of a knowledge organiser.
• Children to be able to discuss their learning with use of their book.





For more information regarding the national curriculum, please follow this link.


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