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Melbourne Primary School

Melbourne Primary School Melbourne Primary School


ART SUBJECT LEAD - Liz Robinson 

‘Inspired to create’

Intent – Children will leave Melbourne Primary school with the skills and inspiration to be creative.

“Art and Design is not just a subject to learn but an activity that you can practise: with

your hands, your eyes, your whole personality.”

[Quentin Blake, Children’s Laureate]


We actively encourage our children to develop artistic awareness and acquire skills, knowledge and understanding to express individual ideas. Teaching  ensures that ‘investigating and making’ includes ‘exploring and developing ideas’ and ‘evaluating and developing’ work. ‘Knowledge and understanding’ will inform this process.

 Teachers present subject matter clearly, promoting appropriate discussion about the subject matter they are teaching. They check learners’ understanding systematically, identify misconceptions accurately and provide clear, direct feedback. In doing so, they respond and adapt their teaching as necessary.

Teacher modelling provides children the opportunity to see skills and techniques in action.  Research around themes and artists provides opportunities for discussion and developing ideas and concepts.

Sketchbooks used from Year 1-6 provide a wealth opportunities to practise technique and showcase skills and knowledge.

Teachers use assessment well, to help learners embed and use knowledge and skills fluently or to check understanding/ skill, and inform teaching.  Prior learning is activated and applied each lesson to embed skills and knowledge and accelerate progress.


Learners develop detailed knowledge and skills and as a result, achieve well.  They have the confidence to create and the ideas to develop art works they are proud of.  They can talk confidently about their work and that of others and have developed their own opinions and preferences.


Our policy document and Long Term Plan can be found below.

Melbourne Primary School
Melbourne, York, East Riding of Yorkshire
YO42 4QE
01759 318369
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