Art: Intent, Implementation and Impact


Plant drawings At Dashwood Banbury Academy we want our art curriculum to both develop key artistic skills and to introduce our children to a range of artists from different historical periods and cultures. We understand that our art curriculum should give children the tools they need to develop skills in a range of art media, combined with experiencing the work of a wide range of artists and craftspeople, including famous artists. This is a fantastic way for the children to explore ideas, and to gain the ability to express themselves. Therefore, we have developed three whole school art threads:

  1. Express emotions and feelings through art.
  2. The impact art has on their lives and the lives of others.
  3. How art has shaped history, creativity and culture.

ModellingThese threads are focussed upon throughout our art units, so that the pupils are able to experience and practise differing art mediums whilst developing knowledge of how art links with history and different cultures. We want our children to learn about a variety of art movements, artists and sculptors before recreating their art, adding their own personal ideas and flair.  These experiences are planned to enable children to work increasingly confidently and independently, in making their own choices in how and why they choose to express their ideas and emotions in art.


We have an art curriculum that has a clear progression of knowledge and skills. Each year, children are introduced to a new art focus so that they experience many different forms of art over their time at Dashwood Banbury Academy. However, key skills are revisited multiple times throughout a pupil’s time in order to enhance progress. Art is implemented in the curriculum in numerous ways:

  • Van Gogh artworkTerm 2 is our art term where all year groups spend numerous lessons learning about an artist, how their art is created and which period of history it belongs to, before creating their own art in that style.
  • Each art unit has a clear outcome which is often linked with wider skills or curriculum areas. Year 5 create ICT presentations on Mr Finch – a textile artist, whilst Year 3 write about the contrasting styles of Georges Surat and Andy Warhol. Other examples include Year 6 creating biographies about Leonardo da Vinci and Year 4 presenting their ideas about their 3D Olympic logo designs.
  • Snowman cardsLinks to the local community are developed through some of our art units. For example, Year 3 turned their printed snowmen into Christmas cards for local care home residents.
  • Each term, key artistic skills are revisited in individual lessons so that children can, for example, confidently sketch and mix colours. This often supports other curriculum areas. For example, Year 5 sketched a Viking helmet whilst Year 2 developed their skills through a careful line drawing of Christopher Columbus’ ship.
  • Lessons within an art unit will begin with a Learning Question (LQ) which the children are required to answer throughout a lesson or sequence of lessons.
  • KS1 Tree ProjectAt Dashwood Banbury Academy, we have a wide range of art resources to support practical art outcomes.
  • Each year, we run a whole school art project with an overall theme. Each year group focuses on a different art media, outside of their year group objectives. This extends their art experiences further. These sometimes include links to Wykham Park academy. For example, a specialist teacher supported some children with line drawing skills.
  • The outcomes of art units and our wholeSewing Club school projects are displayed and celebrated. Where possible, a school gallery is held where children can celebrate their art successes with parents and carers.
  • Art clubs are held in both KS1 and KS2, focussing on a range of artistic skills including drawing, collage or sewing.


Intended Impact:

  • For children to enjoy all aspects of the art curriculum.
  • Information will be gathered via pupil and staff voice as well as through evidence of children’s learning.
  • Year 6 artwork and writingChildren will extend their knowledge and enjoyment of art from a range of historical periods and/or cultures.
  • The revisiting of key artistic skills will improve children’s confidence and outcomes.
  • Practical art lesson will promote creativity.
  • Throughout their time at Dashwood Banbury Academy, children will be introduced to a wide range of art medias, therefore developing their experiences.
  • Children will have a growing awareness of how art can bring communities together and provide enjoyment. This could be through creating their own art or visiting art galleries.
  • Progress will be assessed through art outcomes and a formative assessment will be given 3 times throughout the school year in our data collection points.

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Our Silver Arts’ Mark award-winning subject

We are delighted to have been awarded our Silver Arts Mark award in recognition of our growing work at Dashwood and commitment to the Arts. Our recent submission of our Statement of Commitment and Statement of Impact were assessed and we are so pleased to share this feedback from our assessors with you:

Art is clearly a strength at Dashwood Banbury Academy. Much thought and planning has gone into designing an art curriculum which links art with other subjects in an authentic way that pupils can relate to. The study of a range of local and international artists representing different countries and cultures supports pupils to understand the richness and diversity of society. Pupils draw on their knowledge of artists studied to write biographies as part of their I Am an Author work in English. In Geography, Year 5 study the artist Beatriz Milhazes when learning about South America, whilst in Music and Dance pupils learn to compose salsa beats and dance steps.

The willow-woven tree whole school project sounds wonderful and provided opportunities for pupils to learn new skills such as willow weaving, structure strengthening techniques, paper layering to bond and strengthen, painting and designing. School leaders have supported the professional development of the Art Lead who has benefitted from training delivered by the North Oxfordshire Cultural Education Partnership. The Art Lead has built teacher confidence by modelling visual art skills through an in-house CPD programme. This has resulted in an increasing number of staff feeling more confident in delivering visual art sessions.

Here are some examples of our pupils’ artwork:

Year 6 Micro-organisms Project

Year 6 pupils have had a super term learning all about micro-organisms. They were very fortunate to have a visit from one of our parents who worked on a parasite called Schistosoma Mansoni, which is a worm that lives in the blood vessels around the intestine in humans and causes disease.

Pupils learnt about microscopy and the images it creates. They then had a amazing day working with teachers from Wykham Park Academy on creating their own micro-organism art. Pupils loved the individual and large-scale pieces that they created!

Check out some of the best bits from the day below!

Year 6 have been using their sketching skills to create reflections of World War II from their own perspective.

Spitfire by Hudson
Spitfire by Hudson

Click here to see more of Year 6’s WWII art sketches

Year 6 pupils have been practising their pencil sketching focusing on the work of WW2 artist L S Lowry. Linked to their WWII topic, they learned how Lowry became an official war artist in 1943.

Aimal's artworkby Aimal

Lowry painted industrial landscapes like textile mills, factories and mines. His work focused on line drawings and ‘matchstick’ men often representing busy life. Year 6 practised their sketching skills and some experimented with water colours to create their own art using the inspiration of some of Lowry’s most famous pieces.

See Year 6’s sketches here

Discover Arts Award

Year 5 had a wonderful visit to the Madni Masjid Mosque on our very own Merton Street last week! As part of the Discover Arts Award, they visited the Mosque to learn more about the Mosque as a supportive hub in our community and to visit the newly designed and created library which had been decorated with their textile artwork which forms a beautiful canopy in the library space.

On arrival, pupils learned about the role of the Mosque as a support for its community finding out about the Community Fridge which helps people who may be experiencing difficult times. There was a real sense of awe and wonder as we had a tour of the Mosque finding out about the different spaces and what they are used for. Pupils had the opportunity to ask questions; we were very proud of them because they asked them with such thought. The new Mosque library was a real highlight: a beautiful, tranquil space that can be visited by anyone in the community. The children felt a real sense of accomplishment when they spotted their textile leaves that made up the canopy that hangs in part of the library. Being part of the creating of something special and then seeing it in a community space has given the children a true sense of purpose.

This project has allowed the Year 5 pupils to submit evidence towards their Discover Arts Award. They should all be feeling very proud of themselves!

Where next


Our curriculum weaves together the statutory requirements of the National Curriculum  and the principles of our Aspirations philosophy: Self worth; Engagement and Sense of Purpose.


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