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At Dalestorth we use the 'Inspire' planning scheme to structure our Art & Design lessons. The different aspects of Art & Design are covered during a 2 year cycle within each teaching team (EYFS, Years 1 & 2, Years 3 & 4 and Years 5 & 6) and we strive to ensure that the children build on, develop and progress their knowledge, skills and confidence in Art & Design as they move through school.


During each 2 year cycle the children should cover the following aspects of Art & Design: drawing, painting, collage, 3D construction, printmaking, textiles and ICT. We also want to ensure every child has the opportunity to experience and explore a wide range of art media during their time at Dalestorth, including paint, chalk, charcoal, pastels, sketching pencils, clay, Modroc, wax crayons, ink, pencil crayons, photographs, fabric, natural materials (leaves etc), felt, collage, dyes, papier mache, sponges and so on.


Art Week 2019

Here are our amazing displays from Art Week 2019!

FS2 (Lions & Tigers) looked at lots of different Winter scenes and recreated their favourites. The children used their fine motor skills to cut out snowflakes, counted out & added different amounts of snowballs by printing on paper and created snowmen using polystyrene balls & matchsticks. They also had lots of fun developing their acting skills during their Footprints Friday! 


KS1 (Bobcats, Pumas & Panthers) have been looking at different artists that painted pictures of the sea to fit in with their topic 'To the Rescue'. Bobcats explored colour mixing with paints to create sea pictures in the style of Vincent Van Gogh, Pumas sketched and used watercolours to recreate Winslow Homer's seascape paintings and Panthers created pictures in the style of Claude Monet.


Years 3 & 4 (Wildcats, Lynx & Cougars) had lots of fun studying different artworks by Pablo Picasso. They created their own pieces of art in his cubism style using a variety of different media including pastels, watercolours, collage and clay.


Years 5 & 6 (Cheetahs, Jaguars & Leopards) used their Angry Earth topic to study volcano themed art work by Hokusai, Turner and Warhol. They explored different Sgraffito techniques and experimented with wax crayons, chalk and paint to scratch away dark colours to reveal the brighter colours underneath.


At Dalestorth we try and promote a love of Art & Design outside of the school day as well as during our lessons. We often have art and craft clubs running after school for children from Year 1 to Year 6 at different times throughout the year. Below are a few pictures taken during an art club for Years 3 & 4.

We are also looking forward to working with the company Clay Creators who will start running their first after school club at Dalestorth in the Autumn Term. Clay Creators have developed a programme that encourages children to enhance a wide range of skills through maths, geometry, fine motor skills and imagination. We can't wait to see what the children will make and learn!

Places filled up fast for our first block of sessions, so if you weren't lucky enough to secure a place this time make sure you sign up to the waiting list through the Clay Creators website for the chance to join the club next term smiley


We also give the children lots of opportunities to get involved in external art competitions where they can showcase their talents to a wider audience. Here are some of the super entries to our latest competitions:

Paint a Poppy Challenge

To mark 100 years since the end of World War 1 the children took part in a 'Paint a Poppy Challenge'. Each class chose a different type of art media and the children created their own poppy pictures. The FS2 children in Lions & Tigers worked together to create an amazing collage poppy, while the Year 1 & 2 children in Bobcats, Pumas & Panthers used pencil crayons and wax crayons to create their individual poppy pictures. The Year 3 Wildcats used watercolour paints, the Year 3 & 4 children in Lynx chose pastels and the Year 4 Cougars created chalk poppies. The Year 5 Jaguars made some beautiful origami poppies, the Year 5 Cheetahs chose tissue paper to collage their pictures and the Year 6 Leopards used paint to create their poppy designs. Thanks for all your hard work everyone, the school hall looks fantastic with all your poppies up on display!

Gloria De Piero MP Christmas Card Competition Entries

Gloria De Piero, the MP for Ashfield and Eastwood, invited us to take part in a competition to design a Christmas card for her to send across the constituency this Christmas. Here are our brilliant designs.


Congratulations to Olivia in Year 3 who has won Gloria's annual competition with her fantastic Christmas tree design. Well done Olivia! smiley

To celebrate Roald Dahl Day the children were given the opportunity to design their own bug buddy to accompany James and the rest of his crew aboard the Giant Peach! There were some fantastic designs and really imaginative ideas. I'm sure James would be happy to travel with any of your bugs!

The children had a great time designing a birthday card to celebrate White Post Farm's 30th birthday and we have had some beautiful entries so well done everyone! The children have really let their creativity shine through and we were very impressed with the amount of effort they had put into their designs. There is a mixture of super drawings, imaginative use of collage materials and even a poem and a joke!

Arts Award

Arts Award is a range of national qualifications available for young people up to the age of 25 and aims to promote a deeper understanding of a variety of art forms. During Autumn Term 2 & Spring Term 1 we will be running an after school club for children to take part in the introductory level of Arts Award called Discover. To achieve Arts Award Discover the children will collect evidence in an individual arts log to demonstrate their experiences of participating in arts activities, researching artists & their work and sharing their arts discoveries. At the end of the project the children’s arts logs will be internally assessed and moderated and they will receive an Arts Award Discover certificate to celebrate their achievement, certified by Trinity College London.

For our Arts Award Discover we have been learning about different types of art forms. We now know that art isn't just about drawing & painting and we have been thinking about the art forms we encounter in our everyday lives such as films, music, photography & drama.


For Part A if our Arts Award, we have been exploring a variety of arts & crafts and experimenting with different techniques. In our first session, we experimented with textured art and created our own colourful fireworks pictures using salt, glue and paint. We then explored printmaking by creating our own collagraphs using different craft materials such as string, matchsticks & bubblewrap. We were really pleased with the prints our collagraphs made on the paper once we'd added paint with a roller! We have also had great fun getting messy creating bubble paintings. We mixed washing up liquid into paint and used a straw to blow bubbles in it. We then printed the bubbles onto paper to create our designs. 


To achieve Part B of our Arts Award, we have to find out about different artists and their work. We have researched the French painter Georges Seurat and created our own pictures using his pointillism technique (painting with dots). Then we looked at the Spanish artist Pablo Picasso and made our own cubism faces from salt dough!


For Part C of our Arts Award, we have to share what we have learnt with our friends. We all created posters to show what we have been doing throughout our Arts Award and talked to our friends about which activities we have enjoyed the most.


After a bit of a wait, we were very excited to receive our Arts Award certificates in recognition of our hard work. Congratulations everyone!

We achieved our Arts Award Discover! 2018-2019

We achieved our Arts Award Discover! 2018-2019 1

We achieved our Arts Award Discover! 2017-2018

We achieved our Arts Award Discover! 2017-2018 1


Artsmark is an award for schools designed to recognise ways in which the arts (including subjects such as art, music, dance & drama) are used to enrich the curriculum for all children. Schools have to undertake a self-assessment, submit a Statement of Commitment to Arts Council England and write a Case Study evaluating the impact of their Artsmark journey on the children and staff in their school. After submitting the Case Study, schools are then awarded Silver, Gold or Platinum based on their achievements which lasts for 2 years.


The Artsmark website states that 'Artsmark brings learning to life through arts and culture' and it lists some of the benefits to children as:

  • culture and creativity increases pupils’ confidence, critical and creative thinking, communication and literacy skills, improving attainment in core subjects like Maths and English 
  • introduces the joys of creating and performing and experiencing art to young people who may not otherwise be exposed to it
  • helps encourage pupil voice and leadership skills

  • provides an engaging and accessible way into the curriculum for hard to reach or disadvantaged pupils 


We are excited to have started our journey towards achieving Artsmark and are looking forward to developing our key objectives over the next 2 years! Please read our Statement of Commitment below to find out more.