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Brushwood Junior School

Art and Design


We aim to deliver a high-quality art and design education that will inspire and challenge pupils as well as build on their prior knowledge and skills to create their own art works. Our Art and design scheme of work aims to inspire pupils and develop their confidence to experiment and invent their own works of art. Our scheme is written by experts in their field and designed to give pupils every opportunity to develop their ability, nurture their talent and interests, express their ideas and thoughts about the world, as well as learning about the rich heritage and culture of the British Isles and beyond.


The Art and design scheme of work supports pupils to meet the National curriculum end of key stage attainment targets and has been written to fully cover the National Society for Education in Art and Design’s progression competencies.


Our scheme of work is designed with four strands that run throughout. These are:


  • Making skills
  • Formal elements (line, shape, tone, texture, pattern, colour)
  • Knowledge of artists
  • Evaluating


Through the schemes of work, these strands are revisited in every unit. In our Art and design skills, pupils have the opportunity to learn and practise skills discretely. The knowledge and skills from these units are then applied throughout the other units in the scheme. Key skills are revisited again and again with increasing complexity in a spiral curriculum model. This allows pupils to revise and build on their previous learning.


Our Art and design curriculum develops pupil’s knowledge and understanding of key artists and art movements through the, 'Every picture tells a story', units and links to artists through practical work. Our units fully scaffold and support essential and age-appropriate sequenced learning. Creativity and independent outcomes are robustly embedded into our units, supporting students in learning how to make their own creative choices and decisions, so that their art outcomes, whilst still being knowledge-rich, are unique to the pupil and personal.


Lessons are always practical in nature and encourage experimental and exploratory learning with our pupils using sketchbooks to document their ideas.



Our curriculum is designed in such a way that children are involved in the evaluation, dialogue and decision making about the quality of their outcomes and the improvements they need to make. By taking part in regular discussions and decision-making processes, children will not only know facts and key information about art, but they will be able to talk confidently about their own learning journey, have higher metacognitive skills and have a growing understanding of how to improve.



  • Produce creative work, exploring and recording their ideas and experiences.
  • Are proficient in drawing, painting, sculpture and other art, craft and design techniques.
  • Evaluate and analyse creative works using subject-specific language.
  • Know about great artists and the historical and cultural development of their art.
  • Meet the end of key stage expectations outlined in the National curriculum for Art and design.

Art Theme Week

During the Summer Term 2023 we celebrated Art by having a theme week in school. The children took part in a range of exciting activities including tie dye, marbling, quilling, Art attack, paisley art, henna, sculptures and many more.

We were joined by a fantastic local artist, Niki Bell and took part in workshops focused on an artist. They were inspiring!

The week culminated with a fabulous Art Exhibition celebrating the artist talents of all the children at Brushwood, we were so proud of all their hard work!