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Curriculum Design

at Didsbury CE Primary School

Many art and design units we teach at Didsbury focus on the local area. In Year 5, the children learn about the different Victorian era architecture we have in the streets and roads close to the school. The children then sketch a Victorian street and include these period features in the houses. After, they finish the homes by painting with watercolour. They also learn about a local photographer, Neil Roland, and complete photography pieces in his style by photographing natural and man-made features in Didsbury before organising them by complementary colours using ICT.  We also participate in annual community art projects such as Didsbury Festival and The Didsbury Parsonage Trust’s local art exhibition. Each year, Didsbury Festival set a theme and each participating school create banners, bunting, props or clothing to match this theme. Children are invited to create all elements for the procession during lunchtime art clubs.

The Didsbury Parsonage Trust invite local schools, Didsbury CE being one of these schools, to exhibit artwork in the parsonage building. Different year groups are selected for this each time. The children’s paintings, sketches or collages are mounted, framed and hung on the walls of the parsonage and 3D art, textiles or sculptures are displayed in cabinets. The exhibition is a popular event where families and the wider community come to celebrate the artistic achievements of the children in the local area. It is also in invaluable experience for the children involved as it confirms that they are artists.

A broad and balanced curriculum

Often, Art and Design links either to a Design Technology, Computing, History or Geography unit. This provides an opportunity for the children to explore and develop ideas from first hand observations, learn of significant artists, designers or sculptors in history both from Britain and the wider world.

For example, in Year 3 during their Egypt history topic, children learn about canopic jars and recreate them for 3D art. To support their understanding of sculpture, they study the sculptor Dame Barbara Hepworth. Children in all year groups learn how to use computer programs to develop digital media artwork, for example in Year 1 the children learn about the book The Tiger Who Came To Tea and create tigers using 2Simple. In Year 6, children create portraits of notable people from World War II and textile skills are developed in Years 1, 2, 3 and 5 when creating design and technology projects.

How learning is sequenced

Art and Design is a key part of our timetable and we pride ourselves on the high quality work the children produce. Their work is celebrated and appreciated by the whole school through regularly updated class and whole school display boards. The design of the curriculum ensures the sequence of Art and Design lessons imparts and builds upon artistic knowledge and skills: it is not just about completing the end piece. We believe all children are artists and encourage all children to believe this too, regardless of their backgrounds. To achieve this, we provide weekly opportunities in school for artistic development along with regular enrichment through community projects.

  Autumn 1 Autumn 2 Spring 1 Spring 2 Summer 1 Summer 2
Nursery Printing with leaves Painting using autumnal
Drawing x-rays
Collage for Valentine's
Day cards
Colour mixing using
Egg patterns
Weaving webs
Reception Self portraits colour
Transitional art faces
Printing faces
Printing - leaf prints
Printing hedgehogs
Weaving using autumn
colours Rangoli patterns
Adding texture to
creature polar
landscapes Painting with different textures e.g feathers, sticks, etc.
Still life apples - Paul
Cezanne Observational drawing of blossom
3D Bog Baby
Andy Gouldsworthy
Great Fire of London
sketches Tudor houses
Year 1 Painting rainbows,
sketching apples and
pastels/finger printing
autumn tree
Printing with fingers
Seasons calendar
Tiger mixed media
including digital media
Paint mixing
Traditional tales inspired
collage including textiles
3D Bog Baby
Andy Gouldsworthy
Great Fire of London
Tudor houses
Year 2 Ocean blending pastel
Childe Hassam
Textiles - Puppets (DT
Van Gogh inspired Starry
Night painting -
Christmas card
Drawing -L.S. Lowry
Digital media:
impressionism &
Watercolour paints - sea
J. Vincent Scarpace
Plant/flower inspired 3D
textured tiles Georgia
Drawing and collage
inspired by Paul Klee
Year 3 Henri Rousseau
Leaves drawing including
Rainforest painting Digital media -
pointillism inspired by
George Seurat.
Greek pots drawing
Weaving woollen crosses 3D Canopic jars - Dame
Barbara Hepworth
Collage river Nile
Charcoal drawings
Year 4 Tudor artists: Giuseppe
Arcimboldo & Hans
Holbein. Pencil grades.
Art appreciation and use
of art as a form of
Mondrian: Collage, block
colour painting, digital
Van Gogh: oil pastels Rennie Mackintosh:
Picture frames, acetate,
Gaudi: architecture,
design and symbolism
Year 5 Victorian portraits -
drawing and
William Morris printing,
textiles to collage a
drawn background
Mountains and water:
Watercolour and pastels
Turner, Monet,
Mountains and water
Mixed media pictures
Neil Roland, African
African patterns, batik
wax resist, textiles
Year 6 Henry Moore sketching,
Churchill portraits -
watercolours, Air-raid
Blitz oil pastels, poppy
printing, Clarice Cliff
thumb pots, optical art
Digital media Aboriginal
art, Barrier Reef water
colours, Uluru sand art
Optical illusions
Bridget Riley
Dragon eyes
Sewing and cross stitch
Aboriginal art
Great Barrier Reef
Uluru sand art
Animal oil pastels
Opera House acrylics
Albert Namatjira - life
and works


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