Our Art Curriculum

“Art, craft and design embody some of the highest forms of human creativity. A high-quality art and design education should engage, inspire and challenge pupils, equipping them with the knowledge and skills to experiment, invent and create their own works of art, craft and design. As pupils progress, they should be able to think critically and develop a more rigorous understanding of art and design. They should also know how art and design both reflect and shape our history, and contribute to the culture, creativity and wealth of our nation.” National Curriculum 2014


Aims and Objectives


The core curriculum for art and design aims to ensure that all pupils:

  • Produce creative work, exploring their ideas and recording their experiences.
  • Become proficient in drawing, painting, sculpture and other art, craft and design techniques.
  • Evaluate and analyse creative works using the language of art, craft and design.
  • Know about great artists, craft makers and designers, and understand the historical and cultural development of their art forms



Key stage 2 Pupils should be taught:

  • To develop their techniques, including their control and their use of materials, with creativity, experimentation and an increasing awareness of different kinds of art, craft and design
  • To create sketch books to record their observations and use them to review and revisit ideas.
  • To improve their mastery of art and design techniques, including drawing, painting and sculpture with a range of materials [for example, pencil, charcoal, paint, clay].
  • About great artists, architects and designers in history.



The art curriculum at Christ Church Junior Schools aims to be accessible to all children in order to develop every child’s knowledge and skills in the subject. In art, as in other subjects, we recognise the importance of the methods and practice of teaching (pedagogy) to help all students reach or exceed their potential. Art is taught by the class teacher and forms part of the units or themes of work which link to other curriculum areas. Artist-Educators are often invited to teach, alongside the classroom teacher, for a series of lessons which relate either to themes, the development of specific artistic skills or a collaborative experience in creating an installation.

Based on the objectives in the National Curriculum, there is a program of study in place from Year 3 to Year 6 which links to other subjects being studied. To ensure that art learning and opportunities are as consistent and as effective as possible, we follow NSEAD guidance and also use the Suffolk County Art and Design Curriculum. This makes it possible for teachers to ensure full coverage of the key skills relating to the Art and Design and so that students progress throughout the year and across the year groups.

There is a mixture of practical work and theory within art:

  • Students have the opportunity to study the works of great artists, craft makers and designers and to discuss the techniques, skills and meanings that are represented in that work
  • Students have the opportunity to look closely at artefacts, objects (including their own work) and talk about them with others
  • Students look closely at the natural and man-made world and record what they see
  • Students have the chance to work individually and collaboratively
  • Students are provided with a variety of materials, tools, and resources for practical work
  • Students are provided with activities which develop their experience of tools, techniques, media, language, line, shape, colour, texture and pattern
  • Students are taught to use tools safely and to organise and care for materials and equipment
  • Students are encouraged to plan and evaluate their work, questioning, comparing and explaining ideas.

There is also a teaching sequence we endeavour to follow:

  • Previous knowledge and skills remembered and understood
  • Study of an artist (which may include independent research)
  • Evaluating artists’ work to inform own work
  • Experimenting and investigating with different techniques and media
  • Creating own works of art, applying new techniques, skills and media
  • Evaluating own work of art
  • Improving own work of art after evaluation
  • Reflection and re-cap of knowledge and skills remembered and understood


We are committed to providing all children with learning opportunities to engage in art and design and believe that every child within our school should have full access to the Art provision as stated in the National Curriculum regardless of age, gender or ability. The intent of our Art education is to give students the skills, concepts and knowledge necessary for them to express their responses to ideas and experiences in a visual or tactile form.

 Art engages imaginations and is a fundamental means of personal expression. While art is sometimes seen as a purely practical subject, it also allows ample opportunity to link to other subjects and thus deepen knowledge and understanding. Students also develop their ability to make informed, critical responses to their own work and that of others. There is great pleasure to be derived from art and through deeper understanding, pupils gain access to cultural richness and diversity. The appreciation and enjoyment of the visual arts enriches all our lives and has especially valuable links to wellbeing. Art provides social and cultural experiences for children of all ages

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Our whole school curriculum provides children with opportunities to develop their skills in art using a range of media and materials. Children have the opportunity to explore and evaluate different creative ideas developing skills in drawing, painting, printing, collage, textiles, and 3D work.

Students study a range of works by famous artists to develop a knowledge of working practices and processes. Through cross-curricular opportunities in the classroom, students are able to make connections and broaden their knowledge. Across all the year groups, students have sketchbooks. Art is displayed to motivate and inspire others and to provide visual prompts of what they have learned and achieved.


Our Art Curriculum is planned to demonstrate progression and to broaden and deepen knowledge and stimulate creativity. Pupils are clear about what the intended outcomes are and develop their own work to demonstrate either self-expression or the style and working practices of other artists; often work demonstrates both. When this ‘making’ approach to art curricula is combined with the ‘meaning’ approach, students receive a great depth of subject specific understanding and a high quality, well-rounded art education. Student are reflective and evaluate their own and each other’s work, thinking about how they can make changes to keep improving with evidence of age-related verbal and written reflection using key vocabulary.

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As in all other areas of the curriculum, assessment is an integral part of the teaching process. Class teachers will make judgements on the work carried out by pupils, using the National Curriculum statements and Art progression document. Teachers will take photographs to evidence pupils’ achievements. Progress against key objectives is tracked using the whole school Assessment Tracker - Target Tracker. Informal assessment is used to guide the progress of individual pupils.

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