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Meadowdale Primary School




At Meadowdale we have a broad and diverse curriculum that focuses on society, culture, identity, communication and the environment via observation, analysis, imagination, memory and self-expression.

In Foundation Stage children have continual access to a range of art materials to access freely during continuous provision. They also have discrete teaching sessions as whole class/group sessions where they explore drawing, painting and collage. These skills are then built on as children move into Key Stage 1 and 2.

In Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 all pupils will have had experience of these different medias:

CHildren's artwork

  • Drawing
  • Printing
  • Textiles
  • 3D Collage
  • Painting

As well as the seven formal elements:

  • Line
  • Tone
  • Colour
  • Form
  • Texture
  • Shape
  • Pattern

All children will also complete an in-depth study about a chosen artist from Foundation Stage to Year 6, so they leave Meadowdale knowing 7 artists. These artists range in gender, ethnicity, age, media and geographical location so that pupils gain diverse knowledge.


Art Curriculum Overview

  Autumn 1 Autumn 2 Spring 1 Spring 2 Summer 1 Summer 2
Year 1 Animal pictures using a variety of media Seasonal images Printing city skylines Designing and making trains Observational drawings of plants and leaves Designing and making a fruit salad using locally bought produce
Year 2

Painting skills


Andy Goldsworthy artist study

Andy Warhol style drawings


Wintry scenes – exploring use of colour – hot/cold

Line drawings – tudor buildings, portraits


Colour mixing - continuing with exploration off colour – hot -flame paintings

Design and make a desert buggy. Paul Klee artist study– Castle and Sun Sculpture – clay work – making toadstools
Year 3 Canopic jars

Rangoli patterns



Shape poems & calligrams for Christmas cards/calendar

Sutton Hoo treasure    




Wire Sculpture

Year 4



Roles and purposes of artists/designers in different times and cultures (Cave art)


3D form (Clay work, junk modeling)

Painting-make and mix colours, use terms-hue, tone, shade, create different effects (creating natural paints and dyes and mixing colours)

Chocolate Stonehenge

Stained glass windows

Making a volcano model



Make a house for Gabriella

Roman project work

Puppet theatres



Year 5

Creative maps


Lunar landscape (buttons)




(Impressionist water art)



Joining materials


Chocolate cooking



Aztec masks - Mod roc


Printing-Islamic patterns


Weaving Prayer mats

Clay tiles

Year 6 Arctic watercolours     Moving vehicles

Carnival hats




Year 6 production props and scenery