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DMS Curriculum Intent, Implementation and Impact Overview


Art is a creative subject which encourages the child to become an independent thinker. The imagination of the child is one of the fundamental parts of the art curriculum, and there is a high expectation of the child to experiment with original ideas and thoughts. Art provides the child with a sound basis for developing logical steps: as our schemes of work show;

  • researching and recording information through observational drawings, as well as using books and the Internet,
  • investigating and exploring a variety of techniques and materials,
  • developing ideas and playing about with size and layout,
  • a final piece, and an evaluation – which is both self-awareness and critical analysis of others.


Our schemes of work provide a rich source of balanced activities, which embrace the National Curriculum objectives, allowing the child to build on an already wide range of techniques and ideas, leading to a successful transition from middle to upper school.


The department aims to promote, where possible, cross-curricular links which will encourage the child to revisit previously learnt knowledge, and use this to show their understanding of current topics and themes.

The department also wants to ensure that the child has a secure understanding of subject specific vocabulary, therefore keywords are introduced throughout topics, and vocabulary tests are often included in the plenaries.

Above all the department’s aim is to ensure that the child enjoys his/her art lessons, and to have fun!



The curriculum is built around essential knowledge, understanding and key skills.  These are broken into year group expectations and show clear continuity and progress.

As a school and in accordance with the National Curriculum’s expectations, we aim to ensure that all pupils:

Produce creative work, exploring their ideas and recording their experiences.

Become proficient in drawing, painting, sculpture and other art, craft and design techniques.

Evaluate and analyse creative works using the language of art, craft and design.

Know about great artists, craft makers and designers, and understand the historical and cultural development of their art forms.



The impact of our art and design curriculum can be seen not only in our children’s sketch books but also through classroom displays and the school environment.

Everything we do is with the child in mind, and strong relationships are built between pupils and staff which create an atmosphere for learning which is conducive to success.


We measure the impact of our curriculum through the following methods:

  • Summative assessment of pupil discussions about their learning.
  • Images of the children’s practical learning.
  • Interviewing the pupils about their learning (pupil voice).
  • Pupil’s books are scrutinised and there is the opportunity for a dialogue between teachers to understand their class’s work.
  • Annual reporting of standards across the curriculum.
  • Marking of work in books.