Art & Design

Art and Design at Stocksbridge Junior School


At Stocksbridge Junior School, every child is an artist and a designer. We want all of our pupils to know that every time they engage in designing and creating a piece of artwork, they are an artist and designer. We want all of our pupils to gain knowledge of this subject through the study of notable artists, artisans and designers, the elements of art and gain a broad and rich vocabulary associated with art and design. Through our art and design curriculum, we want all of our pupils to develop an appreciation of the subject, be inspired, be ambitious and confident in their ability, using the knowledge and skills they have been taught to explore their own unlimited creativity. Through the teaching of art and design, we intend to introduce all of our pupils to the opportunities and careers their knowledge and skills in this area will, in the future, allow them to access.




At Stocksbridge Junior School, our teaching of Art & Design is ambitious and our intention is to ensure that all our pupils experience a wide breadth of study and develop a long-term memory of the procedures, techniques and language used in Art & Design.  We propose to foster children’s curiosity to explore the work of artists, sculptors and designers who, throughout history to the present day, have created works of art that have shaped and challenged our understanding of art and our emotional experience of it. Our curriculum will enable our pupils to develop their knowledge of the mediums and techniques used by artists, designers and sculptors in order to communicate their ideas and create different effects. Through the practical application of these techniques and the opportunity to experience working with different mediums, our pupils will develop their artistic skills and express their own creativity. Our pupils are encouraged to approach each element of art with enthusiasm and a desire to develop their knowledge and skills so that they can apply them to their work with confidence. By studying the key concepts in art and the work of artists, sculptors and designers from different periods in history and around the world, our pupils will acquire the vocabulary necessary to confidently articulate their knowledge, explain the inspiration behind their own creations and express an opinion about their own and others’ work.


Through our curriculum, we ensure that our children enter and leave a significant stage in their academic journey and social and emotional development, fully prepared for the next phase in their lives. It is our commitment that our children are accessing a curriculum that will meet and exceed the requirements of the National Curriculum through key concepts and ambitious end points. Every pupil, regardless of social disadvantage and SEND, is entitled to an ambitious curriculum.  Where required, carefully designed support will identify and address gaps in knowledge and skills so that every child is successful. Our curriculum embodies our REACH ethos and has at its core the British Values. Throughout our Curriculum we teach the our pupils online safety enabling our pupils to become responsible digital citizens. Our curriculum has been designed with the interest and needs of all of our pupils and our community and is unique to the pupils of Stocksbridge Junior School. It is designed to give every pupil to develop their ability, nurture their talent and interests express their thoughts and opinions as well as learning about art and artists across cultures and history.




At Stocksbridge Junior School, Art and design is taught through these key concepts;

  • Generating and developing ideas
  • Using Sketchbooks
  • Making skills
  • Formal Elements
  • Knowledge of Artists
  • Evaluating and Analysing


Art & Design is taught throughout the year in each of the four year groups and is organised into four core units that utilise the skills and progression outlined in Kapow. Each year group studies:

  • Drawing
  • Painting and mixed media
  • Sculpture and 3D
  • Craft and design


Art & Design is taught throughout the year and is interleaved with Design Technology to encourage links between the skills and knowledge taught in these subjects. The teaching of these subjects is alternated throughout each half term to allow greater opportunities for the retrieval of the skills and knowledge taught to our pupils in each lesson. In order to enable all of our pupils to build up their skills and knowledge in Art & Design, units of lessons are taught sequentially and work towards a range of outcomes. Taught throughout each unit are the formal elements of art which are a key part of the National Curriculum. Our Art & Design programme follows the spiral curriculum model which ensures key skills are revisited numerous times through the key stage and increase in complexity. This allows our pupils the opportunity to revise their skills and knowledge throughout their time at Stocksbridge Junior School and build upon previous learning. By the end of the key stage, the National Curriculum Attainment Targets are securely met through the progression of skills and knowledge taught throughout each year group. Cross curricular links support learning in our wider curriculum by allowing children the opportunity to discover how art and design can influence and be influenced by a range of different subjects forging memorable links in learning. Throughout the units, our pupils are encouraged to use their knowledge and skills to make their own creative choices and decisions. As well as encouraging our pupils to think like artists and designers we also place great emphasis on teaching our pupils the vocabulary necessary to articulate their ideas and opinions in a precise and detailed manner.

Sketchbooks are used throughout the school to allow our pupils the opportunity to document their ideas and experimentations as they explore a range of skills in art and different materials. To ensure that Art & Design can be enjoyed by all pupils, differentiated guidance is available for every lesson alongside recommendations to challenge pupils to explore their skills and use them in new and creative ways. Interwoven throughout each lesson are assessment opportunities to monitor the learning of all our pupils so that opportunities to offer support and challenge are fully utilised to ensure pupil progression for all.

In order to ensure that our staff feel confident to deliver inspiring and creative lessons, we have invested in high quality CPD ranging from staff meetings, blogs, Kapow instructional videos, locality support.

The school has close links with a local artist and community groups allowing our pupils the opportunity to be involved in designing and creating artwork to be featured in the school’s locality.



At Stocksbridge Junior School, our pupils develop and extend their learning in Art & Design throughout the whole the key stage. As skills and knowledge are revisited and extended, there are many opportunities for previously learned information to be retrieved, aiding their long-term learning of the concepts, skills and procedures taught in Art & Design. Our pupils develop the confidence to work with a variety of mediums, develop their skills and knowledge and experiment with a range of different techniques. We encourage our pupils to actively engage in their learning journey in Art & Design by discussing their ideas, making decisions about their own creative choices and evaluating their work and suggesting improvements. Having the confidence to explain their ideas and express an opinion about their own and others’ work using a rich and varied vocabulary is central to the learning of all our pupils. At Stocksbridge Junior school, we foster in every child a love of art, creativity and an appreciation of art. As they complete the end of the key stage at Stocksbridge Junior School, through skillful teaching, insightful assessment and carefully designed support, all of our pupils will have acquired the essential knowledge and skills that are the firm foundations upon which to build upon and continue their learning journey in Art & Design.

Stocksbridge Junior School Curriculum for Art & Design

The National Curriculum for Art & Design


Purpose of study

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.



The national 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


Subject content: 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.

Pupils should be taught:

  • 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