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Intent statement for Art and Design 2019


The Cupernham Junior School Art and Design curriculum seeks to inspire creativity whilst providing enrichment activities. Our curriculum strives to engage, challenge and equip pupils with the knowledge and skills to experiment, invent and create their own works of art, craft and design. Cupernham Junior School’s carefully considered curriculum fosters children’s ability to think critically, develop a rigorous understanding of art and design and appreciate our own cultural heritage and that of others.

At Cupernham Junior School, each art journey will start by looking at an artist, craftsperson or designer. When selecting the artists we use, we ensure that they reflect a variety of cultures, styles and time periods. It is this artwork that will provide the children with their initial stimulus, from which we will develop a range of skills during the unit. In each journey, the children will consider the elements of line, shape, form, colour, texture, pattern and tone.


Within each unit of work, children will develop their skills of drawing and painting which will include elements such as mark making using different grades of pencils and knowing, among other things, primary, secondary and complementary colours. Planning then ensures that the other elements (printing, textiles, collage, 3d and sculpture and digital media) are covered during the year. Children will be given the opportunity to practise a skill by producing 'apprentice pieces'. They will then evaluate their apprentice piece and the work of others in their class, against the key skills being taught.


Every child records their learning journey in a sketchbook which allows then to record key thoughts, skills and evaluations.


At Cupernham Junior School, the children's creativity is celebrated with displays around the school.