Art and Design

Art and Design at Dore Primary School

We know that children’s creativity is naturally fostered and enriched through art and design. We aim to engage and inspire pupils to develop and refine their talent as artists by facilitating them to experience new skills across a range of different mediums. At Dore Primary School, Art and Design is taught through our learning journeys, either as the primary curriculum aim or as complementing activities or projects that contribute to a purposeful, blended curriculum-based approach.

As well as igniting children’s creativity, art provides great opportunities to showcase our school’s values. Children’s resilience allows them to learn how to develop skills, to improve their artwork and persevere through difficulties while maintaining a positive, reflective and creative attitude. When creating art, children show resourcefulness by selecting resources effectively and considering how best to convey their artistic ideas, as well as showing their resourcefulness by creating artworks using non-traditional mediums.  Finally art supports children’s understanding of kindness through respect for cultural differences, sensitively giving feedback to peers, suggesting positives aspects of artwork and suggesting possible improvements.

At Dore Primary School, we aspire to help children develop into artists, building progressively each year on the following key concepts:

Developing Ideas

Understanding how ideas develop through an artistic process and building their theoretical knowledge.

Master techniques

Developing a practical skill set so that ideas may be communicated.

Take inspiration from the greats

Learning discipilinary knowledge from both the artistic process and techniques of great artists and artisans throughout history.


Art & Design News:

  • Art Y1
    Y1 have been learning about Roy Lichtenstein and started their own piece of artwork inspired by pop art!
  • FS2: World Potato…sorry Book Day
    We had a lovely World Book Day 2023 in FS2 today. It started off in the best way, with parents and family members coming in to read with their children and often others too! There was a lovely atmosphere in the base and lots of excellent books being enjoyed. During the morning the children had […]
  • Y1 Fly me to the moon
    Year 1 have started their TASC project: What would an astronaut eat in space? and have painted their own Moon using different tones and colour mixing.
  • Y3 Art – Clay polar animals
    As part of our Pole to Pole learning journey we have been learning how to model clay to form a polar animal of our choice. We thought carefully about how to mix our paints to create the appropriate colours for our polar animals and habitats. See if you can recognise which polar region they came […]
  • Y1 Rockets to Fly us to the Moon!
    The children had a great morning, designing and creating their own rockets to kick start our space topic “Fly me to the Moon” and our English learning about Katherine Johnson.
  • Y1 Outdoor Learning
    The children created ice pendants today using natural materials. Unfortunately the temperature isn’t going to drop below 9 degrees tonight, so we’ve opted for the freezer instead!
  • Y4 Portal Stories
    Y4 have spent a great deal of care, time and effort creating these amazing stories. First we read about different examples of ‘portal story’, including The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe and The Phantom Tollbooth. We worked out that mostly portal stories start with someone who isn’t happy with their everyday life (just like […]
  • FS2 The Leaf Man
    This week we shared the story ‘The Leaf Man’ by Lois Elhert. It was a magical story which swept us outside among the trees as we hunted for leaves on our own school grounds. Using an identification sheet to help us, we found Sycamore, Beech, Birch, Horse and Sweet Chestnut leaves and ivy. Some of […]
  • Y6 – Aztec Art – Mosaics
    Year 6 have been making mosaics to celebrate an element of Aztec culture. Before deciding on a final composition, pupils explored the technique of mosaic in their sketchbooks and experimented with creating different effects. Pupils considered leaving gaps between tiles to create negative space vs overlapping tiles. They also explored size and shape of tiles […]
  • FS2 Mr Muddy Face
    We met another of Mr Owl’s friends this week – Mr Muddy Face. He can be tricky to spot, but if you look really carefully then you might just see….clay for a face, acorns for eyes, feathers for ears and a big shiny brown conker for his nose…yep that’s him. Captivated by his presence, the […]
  • Y4 SpiDOREwick Chronicles
    Y4 started the year by immersing ourselves into the magical world of The Spiderwick Chronicles. Through our reading, we discovered that it is possible to gain ‘The Sight’, allowing humans to see into the faerie world. This world contains all sorts of creatures, from fairies and pixies to trolls and boggarts. Once we had gained […]
  • FS2 The Pebble People
    This week the children met Mr Owl – a wise old thing who lives among the tress at Dore. He told them a story about his friends ‘the pebble people’. Challenged with a hunt to find them, the children explored the school grounds excitedly. Only, when they found them, they discovered that the pebble people […]
  • Y4 Queen Elizabeth II Commemorative Art
    To commemorate the passing of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, Year Four spent some time in Health and Wellbeing thinking about our feelings and emotions during the difficult and sad period of national mourning. We made links with our ‘Zones of Regulation’, which use colours to represent feelings. Then, in Art and Design, we used […]
  • Self-portraits
  • Y5 Castleton Residential – Monday
    Although it has been a hot couple of days (!), Y5 have spent their time in the relative calm, and slightly cooler air of Castleton and the surrounding area. The dorms have been lovely and cool, and activities have been adapted and amended to ensure that everyone has had a good supply of water, whilst […]
  • Y1 – Art – patterns!
    Today we looked at different types of pattern and tried to replicate some from our environment (fabric samples!). They children tried hard to mimic shapes and colours they spotted.
  • Y1 – Art / RE
    The children listened to the Christian parable of The Lost Sheep and thought about the moral of the story. They then made their own paper plate sheep using card and cotton wool !
  • Y4 Roman Mosaics
    In Art and Design, we discovered how the Romans liked to create mosaics to represent people, stories and make attractive patterns to decorate buildings and homes. We had a go at creating our own, and quickly found that cutting 100 ‘tessarae’, then painting them to fit our designs, was fiddly and time-consuming work. The effort […]
  • Y4 Legendary Legionary Day
    As a culmination of our learning about the impact of the Roman Empire on Britain, we held ‘Legendary Legionary’ day. Dressing and acting as legionaries (Roman soldiers), our ‘cohorts’ of troops rotated around a series of activities to help them prepare to invade Britannia. Children experienced military training – archery and javelin practice, shield designs […]
  • Art- Y1
    Y1 have finished their Roy Litchenstein inspired art work pieces today adding their own bubble writing.