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Chater Junior School



At Chater Junior school we value the impact that art has had on our culture and celebrate British artistic expression and from the wider world.  It is of vital importance that our children can see beauty and value in the three areas of the art curriculum – drawing, painting and sculpture.  Appreciation of artists and their work underpins our art curriculum, this leads children to draw inspiration and in turn create their own art.  It is essential that children learn the skills in order to be able to freely express themselves and unearth their own creativity.  We want all children to express their passions in a form that pleases them and brings enjoyment to others. 

Art Curriculum Map


At Chater JM School the Art curriculum is based upon the 2014 Primary National Curriculum in England, which provides a broad framework and outlines the knowledge and skills taught in each Key Stage. The skills and knowledge that children will develop throughout each art topic are mapped across each year group and are progressive throughout the school. Art is taught as part of a termly topic. The emphasis on knowledge ensures that children understand the context of the artwork, as well as the artists that they are learning about and being inspired by. A similar systematic approach to the development of artistic skills means that children are given opportunities to express their creative imagination, as well as practise and develop mastery in the key processes of art: drawing, painting, printing, textiles and sculpture.

Before teaching each unit teachers will:

  • Plan an end piece, for the children to create at the end of the unit.
  • Assess children’s prior learning and skills to ensure they are building on previous skills.
  • Use the progression of key skills to build on learning.

During each unit teachers will:

  • Develop the pupils’ use of the language of art, craft and design, highlighting new vocabulary to pupils and displaying it for them to use.
  • To know about great artists, craft makers and designers, and understand the historical and cultural development of their art forms.
  • Give children an opportunity to learn how art and design both reflect and shape our history, and contribute to the culture, creativity and wealth of our nation
  • Allow children to experiment, create, invent and produce creative work, exploring their ideas and recording their experiences.
  • Provide pupils with opportunities to make links and use knowledge from other subjects, in particular Mathematics, RE, PE, RSHE, history, geography and design & technology.

At the end of each unit pupils will:

  • Self-assess their piece and evaluate it against each other’s work using the language of art, craft and design.
  • Reflect on the skills they have learnt.

After each unit teachers will:

  • Assess children’s ability and skills.
  • Evaluate children’s end piece, have they used the necessary skills to complete them.


What will this look like?

Through pupil voice we will see:

  • - Pupils express their passion for Art by talking enthusiastically about their learning and sharing their knowledge and understanding
  • - Pupils’ ability to identify key skills that they use in lessons.
  • - Pupils use appropriate art vocabulary to explain their learning and appreciation of other artist’s work.

Through learning walks we will see:

  • - Pupils demonstrating their love of Art through their high levels of engagement.
  • - A clear sequence of lessons that allow pupils to acquire skills to make their ‘big piece’.
  • - Pupils using their skills to invent their own artistic impression.
  • - Teachers providing opportunities for pupils to use a range of media to gradually build up their skills.
  • - Appreciation of artist’s work in every unit.

In the pupil’s learning we will see:

  • - A clear sequence of lessons that are linked to the big piece.
  • - Evidence of experimenting with different media to help produce their big piece using subject specific vocabulary.
  • - Differentiated activities that allow all pupils to make progress.
  • - An exposure to a range of artists within a unit of work.
  • - Draw confidently and adventurously from observation, memory and imagination.
  • - Reflect on, analyse and critically evaluate their own work and that of others using the language of art.