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Ellen Wilkinson
Primary School


Art and DT at EWPS

Children invest time and effort in their art and DT (design and technology) and there is nothing more rewarding than observing the look of joy and sense of pride when a child has his or her art or DT work on display. We value our children’s work as much as they do and encourage all our children with their creative ability.




DART WEEK  (Design and Art) 

During the last academic year our theme was 'Visions and dreams' and each year group created quality artwork around this this  theme inspired by artists and  books, but moreover their  passion for art.  

Year 3 worked with the artist Reza Ben Gajra to create  sculptures based on the book Willy the Dreamer by Anthony Browne. These  beautiful  sculptures will soon be placed in an area where all the children can observe just how awesome they are.

Our DT work was inspired by   enhancing the environment. Therefore, each year group created bug hotels, mini habtiats and birdfeeders.  

For our gallery event each child  created a piece of art work based on visions and dreams.  Some of these pieces will be on display in the  main reception area. 

How we teach Art and DT

During art lessons - which are taught in focus weeks - we encourage children to discover the creative potential of different media. Children experiment with graded pencils and different types of paint in all classes. Sketch books are used to show how the children have developed their techniques with drawing and painting.

Design and Technology

 Within this subject the children consider the following points:

  • Purpose - What is it for? Who is it for?

  • Plan - investigate what the product looks like/will look like.

  • Make and create

  • Evaluate, adapt and test - Does it meet the purpose?

DART (DT and Art) week focuses on a particular theme. Within this theme children explore with art media and also create a DT element. In previous years we have observed the work of different artists and have made furniture that is purposeful and art work to capture a particular moment in time.   

Mayor's Newham Carnival 

On Saturday 8th July the Mayor’s Newham Carnival took place and Ellen Wilkinson proudly took their positions again as the star drummers in the opening parade. Over 2000 people took part in this colourful event and it would not have been possible without the support of the parents, carers  and staff of Ellen Wilkinson. 

How we know your child is succeeding?

Children show that they have developed their skills by using the techniques taught for example where to position facial features when drawing a portrait.

Verbal feedback is given during art and DT lessons so pupils can evaluate their work and make changes. The success criteria or ‘musts’ are displayed and read so the children can achieve the outcomes. Pupils show that they are succeeding by reflecting on their work either verbally or through a written comment.

Curriculum map and key documents

If you would like to find out more information please contact:


Sudha Sreedharan

Art and DT Leader