Art & Design at Orchard Meadow

Our Intent

At Orchard Meadow pupils will explicitly develop the knowledge, understanding and skills to be an artist. This is done progressively through an approach that explores the work of real artists - contemporary and historical-  and that links to pupils' real lives and experiences through our values.

Teaching has three main strands:

  1. To take inspiration from the greats;
  2. To develop ideas and communicate them visually;
  3. To master techniques and artistic skills in a range of visual arts forms.

Our core Art curriculum builds the knowledge and progressive skills for children to experiment, invent and create their own works of art, craft and design. Throughout the key stages, children explore the work of different artists and genres before manipulating and creating their own pieces using key artistic skills in a variety of 2D and 3D media. 

We aim to foster pupils' cultural capital through exposure to great art that inspires and challenges so pupils understand the role art can play in society and to create change.

Click here to view our Art & Design Overview.


We are committed to delivering our curriculum effectively against the 5C's: contentcreativitycompassioncommunity and cohesion. Each unit supported by individual plans ('5C's documents') which detail lesson content, core and deepening skills and how each unit is linked to our drivers and enquiry questions. Knowledge Organisers summarise key learning and are shared with pupils and parents at the start and end of the unit. 

Click here to see an example of a 5C's plan.

Knowledge organiser sample:

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