Our Curriculum Intent

For children to: 

  • be engaged, inspired and challenged;
  • develop a love of learning, and for some a special passion for art and design
  • study key pieces of art, including those from different countries and from different periods of history;
  • be equipped with knowledge and skills to experiment and create their own works of art, craft and design;
  • use sketch books to record ideas, make collections and improve designs;
  • learn how to think critically, evaluate and improve their own art and design work;
  • know about great artists, craft makers and designers, and understand the historical and cultural developments of their art forms



At Alexandra Junior School we will:

  • Teach art regularly through the Journey of Learning (motivating, generating, innovating and celebrating ideas)
  • Explore the 8 formal elements of Art (line, shape, form, tone, texture, pattern, colour and composition).
  • Ensure that each child develops their skills and techniques in a way appropriate to them, through active and purposeful experiences, and using a variety of art materials and teaching strategies.
  • Foster an enjoyment and appreciation of the visual arts and a knowledge of artists, craftspeople and designers introducing pupils to a wide range of contemporary and historical artists and craftspeople.
  • Introduce children to artists and art movements directly linked to the skills or topics they are covering.
  • Encourage each child to evaluate their art and design work and that of others, both with peers and adults.



By year 6 at Alexandra Junior School, we want pupils to have learned, improved and embedded a range of artistic skills. They should have an awareness of a broad range of artists and craftspeople and be able to consider and discuss the artworks they come across. We want our pupils to be confident to explore, experiment and take risks, placing value on the process and journey that they take, not just on the finished product. Most importantly, we want children to have found and enjoyed a creative outlet – a means of self-expression and enjoyment.

Art Progression Overview