Art and Design

Expressing ourselves through visual arts

Through the study and practice of art and design children develop creativity, confidence, cultural awareness and empathy. By studying the work of artists, architects and designers from different parts of the world and differenty periods in history they develop critical thinking skills and a greater understanding of the part that art plays in the development of culture and society.

How we cover the art curriculum, year by year


In Art and Design, children study the work of artists and designers from different periods and cultures and learn a variety of techniques for expressing themselves in 2 and 3 dimensional art forms.

We aim for the curriculum to cover a range of global cultures, to give equal prominence to the work of significant men and women, and to reflect the lived experience of the people in our community. 

Our scheme if work is not a static document – it is subject to a rolling review and is always open to the addition of new content in order to increase its diversity. 


The National Curriculum states that at KS2 children should:

  • 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.

At Henleaze we strive to provide opportunity to:

  • use a variety of media for example; pastels, paint, clay etc. 
  • develop pupils’ self-confidence in expressing themselves creatively.
  • widen pupils’ exposure to different types and styles of art.
  • develop ability to experience and emulate the work of a variety of artists.
  • foster important attitudes such as independence, perseverance, responsibility, and positive self-criticism.
  • enjoy art.

Planning and delivery

At Henleaze Junior School, we follow a ‘skills based’ art curriculum which allows pupils to progress artistically while building on the skills from the previous years. Pupils also get the opportunity to experience a wide range of artists’ work and to develop critical appreciation and analysis skills.

Cross-curricular links

Art supports many subjects in our curriculum such as:

  • the drawing of diagrams in D.T/ Science lessons
  • the illustrating historical concepts in History.
  • map making in Geography
  • creating computer aided images in ICT
  • looking at religious iconography in RE
  • responding pictorially to Music
  • illustrating emotions in PSHE

Equal opportunities and inclusion

We recognise the value of art as a factor in children’s wellbeing. We respond to pupil voice, reflecting the diversity of our population and their interests. Art is by its nature an inclusive subject: we recognise the many different ways that people express themselves. As well as the creative side to art, it helps to develop important attitudes such as self-confidence, independence, perseverance and positive self-criticism. It also supports physical coordination and layout /planning skills. These are all valuable for children of all abilities.

All pupils share the same statutory entitlement to a broad, balanced and differentiated curriculum regardless of the ability, gender and cultural background. We plan our art lessons to facilitate the learning of all pupils as individuals with differing needs, backgrounds, experiences and expectations. Children with SEND may be provided with adult support, an expectation of differentiated outcomes or, where needed, differentiated workloads and varied appropriate equipment.