Staincliffe CE Junior School

Staincliffe CE Junior School

Respect, Trust, Courage and Joy

Art and Design




Our high-quality Art and Design education will 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 will be able to think critically and develop a deeper understanding of art and design knowing how it both reflects and shapes our history, as well as contributing to the culture, creativity and wealth of our nation.

Our Art curriculum will provide children with opportunities to develop their skills using a range of media and materials. Children will be introduced to a range of works and develop knowledge of the styles and vocabulary used by famous artists. The skills they acquire will be applied to their cross-curricular topics, allowing children to use their art skills to reflect on and explore topics in greater depth.

It is paramount that art work be purposeful; be this as a means of expression or to explore the styles of other artists that inspire our own work. In Art, children are expected to be reflective and evaluate their work, thinking about how they can make changes and keep improving. Children will be encouraged to take risks and experiment, and then reflect on why some ideas and techniques are successful, or need adapting, for a particular project.



To ensure high standards of teaching and learning in Art and Design, we implement a curriculum that is progressive throughout the whole school. Art and Design is taught as part of a termly topic, focusing on skills and knowledge stated in the National Curriculum and in areas specific to the need of our children. Children learn the skills of drawing, painting, printing, collage, textiles, 3D work and digital art and will be given the opportunity to explore and evaluate different creative ideas. Our skills-focused art and design curriculum is delivered through the Kapow scheme - units of five lessons, designed to be taught in sequential order and bespoke to match other elements of the Staincliffe Curriculum. Our curriculum offers full coverage of the KS2 Art & Design objectives, as well as incorporating SMSC development in line with our school vison and values.

Our curriculum content is categorised into 5 key areas:

  • Making Skills
  • Generating Ideas
  • Formal Elements
  • Knowledge of artists
  • Evaluating

To track the progress of our artists, we:

  • Create Knowledge Organisers which outline knowledge including vocabulary all children must master and apply in lessons.
  • Utilise Art Outcome Snapshots to highlight the learning objectives of each art topic and inform the Art Assessment Grids
  • ‘Challenge Questions’ for pupils to apply learning in a philosophical / open manner
  • Capture ‘Pupil Voice’ at regular intervals



By the time they leave us, as artists and designers, our children will have:


  • An understanding of what being an ‘artist’ means.
  • A passion for art and design and an enthusiastic engagement in learning, which develops their love for art and its creativity.
  • Retained knowledge about their focus artists
  • A desire to embrace challenging activities, including opportunities to draw, paint, sketch, make, create and evaluate their own and the work of others.

Our Art and Design curriculum is high quality, well thought out and planned to demonstrate progression. If children are keeping up with our curriculum, they are deemed to be making good or better progress and support is put in place for those working towards the curriculum objectives.


Please click here for our Art and Design 'Progression of Knowledge and Skills' document.