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:

  • FS2 Pirate Medallions
    This week in outdoor learning the children made their own pirate medallions. They moulded the clay with their hands and scavenged for small natural gems among the wildlife garden. They then decorated their medallions, taking their time, thinking about patterns, shapes and textures (building on last week’s learning). Once the medallions are dry, the children … Read more
  • Outdoor Art – Mandalas
    This wonderful outdoor art was created as part of the Year 3 ‘How does your garden grow?’ learning journey. We were partly inspired by the buddist monks who grind up rocks to make their mandalas over 60 hours. We just worked in TASC groups to construct art works using the natural resources from our lovely … Read more
  • Water Aid Art Competition
    Congratulations to everyone who entered our water themed art competition. The quality of the work was outstanding and it was wonderful to see such a wide variety of ideas and mediums used. The aim was to raise awareness about the work that Water Aid do too and to remind us that every child has the … Read more
  • Love your burial ground Year 3 plant survey
    As part of ‘Love your burial ground week’ and the start of our ‘How does your garden grow’ learning journey, Year 3 visited Dore Church to make a botanical survey of the plants growing there. We found all sorts of species of grass, flowers and trees in this unique habitat. We also made some sketches and … Read more
  • Y4 Legendary Legionary Day
    To support our learning in history, design and technology, art and design, PE and outdoor learning, Y4 spent the day imagining and experiencing life as Roman legionaries. They set up camp using our outdoor learning tarps, then created shield designs using classical ideas to represent the type of soldier they were. Next came military practice … Read more
  • Y6 – Art – A Midsummer Night’s Dream Sculptures
    In Art, Year 6 have been creating clay busts of characters from the play we are studying this year: A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Children experimented with using wire frames within their clay sculptures to support the structure where required and the finished sculptures have also been painted. Can you tell which character each sculpture is?
  • Ancient Egypt Scale model
    To kick off our Leaning Journey, Year 3 worked together to make a scale model of Ancient Egypt. It included: The River Nile Delta Fertile land Red Sea Mediterranean Sea Eastern and Western Deserts So many monuments! It was super lesson using history, geography, art and design skills as well as working together using the … Read more
  • Schools Climate Emergency South Yorkshire Conference
    Children from Dore Primary School took part in the 3rd South Yorkshire schools’ climate action conference in March. This important conference was very popular so only six places were available to us. Children were asked to send in their pitch, (either written or by video message) for why they should get a place. Mrs Simpson … Read more
  • 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 … Read more
  • 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 … Read more
  • 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 … Read more
  • 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 … Read more
  • 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 … Read more
  • 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 … Read more
  • 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 … Read more
  • 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 … Read more