Dulverton Primary School


Intent, Implementation & Impact


At Dulverton Primary School, we recognise that Art and Design stimulates creativity and imagination. It provides sensory experiences and a unique way of understanding and responding to the world around us. Our inclusive Art curriculum enables children to communicate what they see, feel and think through the use of colour, texture, form, pattern, different materials and processes. 

Art at Dulverton encourages children to explore their thoughts and ideas through the work of a range of artists and designers. We strive to equip our pupils with the knowledge and skills to experiment, invent and create their own works of art, craft and design and to understand how art and design both reflect and shape our history, culture and creativity.


  • To ensure high standards of teaching and learning in Art and Design, we implement an inclusive and broad curriculum that is progressive throughout the whole school. 
  • The Art and Design curriculum at Dulverton is based upon the Early Years Framework for Nursery and Reception and the Primary National Curriculum for Key Stages 1 and 2. This provides a broad framework and outlines the knowledge and skills taught in each Key Stage. 
  • At Dulverton, we ensure that Art and Design is given the same importance as all other foundation subjects, as we feel this is important in enabling all children to gain ‘real-life’ experiences. 
  • Our school-wide progression of skills contains six strands, which are; drawing, colour, texture, form, print and pattern. These strands are taught in each year group, throughout the year, to enable our pupils to gain and build upon a number of artistic skills.  
  • Our Art curriculum is cross-curricular and will often link to the topics that children are currently learning. This ensures that learning is engaging, broad and balanced.



Within Art and Design, we strive to create a supportive and collaborative ethos for learning by providing investigative and inquiry based learning opportunities. Through our Art and Design curriculum, pupils learn to understand and apply the key principles of Art: drawing, colour, texture, form, print and pattern. The opportunity for children to refine and develop their techniques over time is supported by effective lesson sequencing and progression between year groups. 

Classroom displays reflect the children’s sense of pride in their artwork and this is also demonstrated by creative outcomes across the wider curriculum. The school environment also celebrates the children’s achievements in Art and demonstrates the  subject’s high status in our school, with outcomes enhancing our environment. The Art curriculum at Dulverton contributes to children’s personal development in creativity, independence, judgement and self-reflection.