At Alexandra Junior School, we want our children to love art, craft, and design. We want them to have no limitations to what their ambitions are.

Our Art curriculum is design to engage, inspire and challenge pupils, whilst equipping them with the knowledge and skills to be able to experiment, invent and create their own works of art. As pupils progress, they should gain a deeper understanding of how Art and Design reflects and shapes our history, and how it contributes to the culture, creativity, and wealth of our world. We have carefully selected a wide range of unique and diverse artists, craft makers and designers for the children to study.

At Alexandra Junior School, children will:

  • Explore three or four artists on a half-termly basis
  • Receive a sketchbook to foster their sense of creativity. Children will use their sketchbooks to make initial sketches, develop skills, record ideas, and develop opinions.
  • Be given the opportunity to learn the skills of drawing, painting, printing, sculpture and digital art through the exploration of an initial key artist, craft maker or designer and their work.
  • explore how their art can share commonalities with famous art and use subject-specific vocabulary to discuss key artworks and their own work
  • share their opinions and make informed observations about what will improve their own practical work

Our Art and Design curriculum will also lead pupils to be enthusiastic Art and Design learners, evidenced in a range of ways, including pupil voice, their final pieces and sketchbooks. We ensure that children who are achieving well, as well as those who need additional support, are identified, and additional provision and strategies are planned in and discussed with class teachers. Achievements are celebrated in classrooms during walking-galleries and corridor displays, and by building in increasing connections with local galleries, we aim to develop our future artists and their appreciation of the art around them