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Our intent:

At South End Junior School, we are committed to providing all children with learning opportunities to engage in art. We believe that every child within our school should have full access to art as stated in the National Curriculum regardless of age, gender or ability.  Instilling a growth mindset is key to our children developing their skills in this subject. Children will explore cultural arts and historical crafts from different time periods, allowing them to develop an understanding and appreciation of diversity.

Our art curriculum overview can be viewed here.

Our way:

The teaching and implementation of the Art and Design Curriculum at SEJ is based on the National Curriculum. In accordance with the National Curriculum’s expectations, we aim 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 and vocabulary of art, craft and design.
  • Know about great artists, craft makers and designers, and understand the historical and cultural development of their art forms.

Whenever possible, this subject is also linked to our project lessons to ensure a well-structured approach. The long-term overview for this subject has been carefully created alongside a local secondary school. This ensures that the skills being taught are not only progressive throughout Key Stage 2, but continue to be built upon in Key Stage 3. 

Sketchbooks are used to record the children’s ideas and observations. They are also used to review and revisit ideas and practise skills prior to developing a final piece of artwork.  The work of professional and famous artists in history and present day are explored to enhance the pupils’ learning and influence their own work.