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Art and Design



Aims and objectives

At Daven, we want the children to be engaged, inspired and challenged, and equipped with the knowledge and skills to experiment, invent and create their own works of art, craft and design. They should be able to think critically and develop a deeper understanding of the subject, as well as knowing how art has shaped our history and culture.  

The aims of Art and Design is to ensure all children:

  • 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 National Curriculum is used alongside Chris Quigley’s art milestones to plan a progressive art curriculum. Milestone 1 covers Year 1 and Year 2; Milestone 2 covers Year 3 and Year 4 and Milestone 3 covers Years 5 and 6. We have also adapted this and included the skills Reception develop prior to the first milestone, which links directly to the Early Learning Goals.  

We plan our teaching as a learning journey providing children with opportunities over two years to reach their Milestone goal. The curriculum is organised into overarching objectives which are broken down into smaller objectives allowing children to develop understanding or apply skills from a basic level through to advancing and finally to gain a deep understanding and ability to apply their knowledge and skills at a mastery level. We know that our children could be at different ability levels in a variety of areas so our planning is differentiated to account for this. 

Children are taught the knowledge, skills and understanding within three key concepts;

  • developing ideas
  • master techniques
  • take inspiration from the greats (classic and modern)

These key concepts enable pupils to build upon prior learning, make connections and develop subject-specific vocabulary.

How it is delivered?

A long-term plan has been created which identifies the art covered each term for each year group. Art is taught through themes in relation to our topics in English, Science, Geography and Humanities. There are also links to Art in our Humanities planning document - Learning Challenge Curriculum.


All children in school, including Reception, have a sketchbook to record their thoughts, ideas, sketches, experimentations, plans, final pieces along with annotations. These sketchbooks are not written directly in by teachers as these are children’s own personal space for art. Any written feedback is recorded on a post-it note and stuck into their sketchbook.

Teachers in school also get a sketchbook to model work to the children.

Staff meetings

Staff meetings have taken place to support teachers in the delivery of teaching art and using art mediums/techniques. Teachers have learnt and practised watercolour techniques and oil pastel techniques. The subject leader has taken part in Art CPD on using printing techniques in school, which will be shared with staff in the school.


Over the past few years, we have run a KS1 Arts and Crafts club and a KS2 art club. All children have created various pieces of work, some of which are displayed on the whole school art display. The clubs have allowed children to use a different medium such as watercolour, paint, pencils, oil pastels and sharpies. They have also developed skills such as line and pattern, blending oil pastels, shading and watercolour techniques.


Children take part in an annual art competition run by Congleton Rotary Club. Each year there is a new theme and teachers give all children the opportunity to create art to be entered into the competition. A panel of judges looks at all art submitted from schools in and around Congleton, with every child taking part getting a certificate and a wrist band. The main prize winners and runners up from each school were presented with age-related art materials. The winning pictures were framed and displayed in an Art Exhibition in Congleton.

See below for the winners from 2019. The theme for 2019 was ‘My favourite things’

Daven also took part in an art competition for the Congleton’s Heritage and Antiques Festival 2018 where the children had to create an art piece focusing on Congleton’s History. Each class took part with three entries chosen from each class. They were displayed in Congleton’s Town Hall and certificates were given to all the entries, which were presented in an assembly.



Art at Daven is assessed termly (three times a year) using the skills recorded in the art milestones progression document. Teachers assess through the use of blooms questioning, observations of children using different mediums, through children’s own self-reflection/assessment. Children are assessed as ‘below age expected’, ‘at age expected’ and ‘above age expected, which is then recorded in an assessment tracker. The children are also assessed at the end of the school year which are shared with parents in the annual end of year report.

Pupil Voice

We value the children’s views and thoughts of how art is taught at Daven, and at the beginning of 2020, we asked all children in the school to complete a questionnaire on how they felt about art at Daven.

89% of children said that they enjoy art because the teacher makes it interesting.

59% of children could name an artist they had learnt about at school (this has been something we are working on as a school)

84% of children said they are proud of the art they make.

93% of children said they are treated equally and fairly by the class teacher in art lessons.


Children’s artwork is displayed in classrooms and around the corridors of the school.

We have a whole school ‘Art from around the world’ display, where work from each class have been displayed work together with the artist and country they are from. This display is updated across the year to reflect the breadth of art children are creating.