Art & Design

Art – Intent

At Uplands Junior School, we aim to provide our children with a broad range of opportunities within art, placing a great emphasis on the importance on this subject area. Our art curriculum enables children to express themselves in a creative, imaginative manner and through exploration. We intend to teach the children a skills-based curriculum, with individuality and creativeness flowing through everything they do. Our pupils should also know how art reflects and shapes our history, and contributes to the culture, creativity and wealth of our nation and beyond.


The programme of study meets the requirements of the National Curriculum 2014. Key skills are taught within art and applied in other subject areas where appropriate. Creativity and uniqueness will be celebrated and children will become astute at editing and improving the pieces they have created. As teachers, there will be an emphasis placed on individuality and children will be given the freedom to explore art using their imaginations. Children will have embedded the key art skills needed to allow them to produce inventive pieces of art.  


The assessment of art is undertaken bi-annually: teachers evaluate children across the range of skills taught and developed, judging them as ‘working towards’, ‘expected’ or ‘greater depth’ within their current year group expectations.


All children are provided with a broad art stimulus, which builds upon their KS1 art knowledge and skills. Every opportunity is taken to make art enjoyable and engaging; this includes an annual celebration of art through our ‘Uplands Arts Week’, which cumulates in an exhibition showcasing work from every single one of our pupils.