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

Subject lead : Mrs C Palmer
(We are currently making greater separation between Art & Design and Design and Technology, these pages will be updated asap)

What we are learning (Intent)

At Fairburn View Primary School, Art & DT develops students’ skills in order to prepare for later life, as a central part of their lives both in and out of school. When taught enthusiastically and creatively, it will also develop a child’s inspiration and thirst for knowledge that will maintain with the child thought out their lifetime. It is also our ethos that we develop the social and emotional wellbeing of ‘all’ our children, with a resilient ‘we can, and we will’ attitude, allowing children to express themselves independently.

A high-quality Art & DT curriculum throughout the whole school enables all students, enjoy and succeed in both Art & Design Technology. It can offer an excellent opportunity to develop a life-long love of creative learning, and an appreciation of art. The subject develops a high-quality teaching and learning environment where both staff and students’ enjoy working effectively together to achieve success. We recognise the importance of nurturing a culture where children take pride in their creativity and are able to adapt their skills to create pieces or complete tasks in a range of styles.

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.


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


Substantive knowledge in Art is based on the knowledge of the 3 key areas that we teach (Portrait, Landscape and 3D Art) as well as colour theory.  Children will develop an awareness of these principles and study the artists, gaining an insight into the style and techniques that they use.

In Design Technology this means having an understanding of products and materials to be able to design a product for a particular purpose.

Disciplinary knowledge in Art and Design is the interpretation of the elements, how they can be used and combined in order to create a specific and desired effect. It is also the critical evaluation of the work of:

  • artists
  • designers
  • peers
  • their own.

This includes children being able to use the work of famous artists and techniques taught to influence their own work as an artist.




How we are learning (Implementation)

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. 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, leading to year 6 children being secure in their Art & DT subject knowledge before leaving primary school.

What we have learned from it (Impact)

“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.


Queen’s Jubilee

Across the whole school, children have been working hard to create portraits of the queen using collage materials to celebrate her jubilee. See on our Facebook page.


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