Junior School

Educating the Whole Child

Art and Design

At Anton Junior School our Art Curriculum aims to:

  • Give our children, at Anton chances to participate in a variety of engaging and inspiring opportunities, that enable them to develop positively within their learning, academically as well as socially, emotionally and culturally. 
  • For all pupils to have access to an art and design curriculum, which fosters a lifelong love and appreciation of this subject.
  • To present pupils with a diverse range of experiences, so that they can experience art and design from different cultures and periods of historical significance.
  • To equip pupils with the skills required to have an understanding of the language of art and design. This will enable them to describe  

what they see in detail and to provide evidence for their observations.


‘Art and design is not just a subject to learn, but an activity that you can practise: with your hands, eyes and your whole personality,’ Quentin Blake, Children’s Laureate.






Year 3

Prehistoric Paintings (Painting)

Growing Artists


Abstract Shape and Space (Sculpture and 3D)

Year 4

Power Prints


Light and Dark


Mega Materials

(Sculpture and 3D)

Year 5

Painting and Mixed Media Portraits


Ancient Egyptian Scrolls

(Y3 unit)

(Craft and Design)

I Need Space


Year 6

Photo Opportunity 

Making My Voice Heard (Drawing)

Making Memories

(Sculpture and 3D)



Year 3

Year 4

Year 5

Year 6

Generating Ideas

Generate ideas from a range of stimuli and carry out simple research and evaluation as part of the making process.

Generate ideas from a range of stimuli, using research and evaluation of techniques to develop their ideas and plan more purposefully for an outcome.

Develop ideas more independently from their own research. Explore and record their plans, ideas and evaluations to develop their ideas towards an outcome.

Draw upon their experience of creative work and their research to develop their own starting points for creative outcomes.

Using sketchbooks

Use sketchbooks for a wider range of purposes, for example recording things using drawing and annotations, planning and taking next steps in a making process.

Use sketchbooks purposefully to improve understanding, develop ideas and plan for an outcome.

Confidently use sketchbooks for purposes including recording observations and research, testing materials and working towards an outcome more independently.

Using a systematic and independent approach, research, test and develop ideas and plans using sketchbooks.



Knowledge of Artists

Use subject vocabulary to describe and compare creative works.


Use their own experiences to explain how art works may have been made.

Use subject vocabulary confidently to describe and compare creative works.


Use their own experiences of techniques and making processes to explain how art works may have been made.

Research and discuss the ideas and approaches of artists across a variety of disciplines, being able to describe how the cultural and historical context may have influenced their creative work.

Describe, interpret and evaluate the work, ideas and processes used by artists across a variety of disciplines, being able to describe how the cultural and historical context may have influenced their creative work.

Evaluating and Analysing

Confidently explain their ideas and opinions about their own and other’s art work, giving reasons.


Use sketchbooks as part of the problem-solving process and make changes to improve their work.

Build a more complex vocabulary when discussing their own and others’ art.


Evaluate their work more regularly and independently during the planning and making process.

Discuss the processes used by themselves and by other artists, and describe the particular outcome achieved.


Use their knowledge of tools, materials and processes to try alternative solutions and make improvements to their work.

Give reasoned evaluations of their own and others work which takes account of context and intention.


Independently use their knowledge of tools, materials and processes to try alternative solutions and make improvements to their work.

Making Skills (including formal elements)


Confidently use of a range of materials, selecting and using these appropriately with more independence.


Draw with expression and begin to experiment with gestural and quick sketching.


Developing drawing through further direct observation, using tonal shading and starting to apply an understanding of shape to communicate form and proportion.

Apply observational skills, showing a greater awareness of composition and demonstrating the beginnings of an individual style.


Use growing knowledge of different drawing materials, combining media for effect.


Demonstrate greater control over drawing tools to show awareness of proportion and continuing to develop use of tone and more intricate mark making.

To use a broader range of stimulus to draw from, such as architecture, culture and photography. Begin to develop drawn ideas as part of an exploratory journey.


Apply known techniques with a range of media, selecting these independently in response to a stimulus.


Draw in a more sustained way, revisiting a drawing over time and applying their understanding of tone, texture, line, colour and form.

Draw expressively in their own personal style and in response to their choice of stimulus, showing the ability to develop a drawing independently.


Apply new drawing techniques to improve their mastery of materials and techniques.


Push the boundaries of mark-making to explore new surfaces, e.g. drawing on clay, layering media and incorporating digital drawing techniques.

Painting and Mixed Media

Select and use a variety of painting techniques, including applying their drawing skills, using their knowledge of colour mixing and making choices about suitable tools for a task eg choosing a fine paintbrush for making detailed marks.


Mix colours with greater accuracy and begin to consider how colours can be used expressively.


Modify chosen collage materials in a range of ways eg by cutting, tearing, re-sizing or overlapping. In sketchbooks, use collage as a means of collecting ideas.

Explore the way paint can be used in different ways to create a variety of effects, eg creating a range of marks and textures in paint.


Develop greater skill and control when using paint to depict forms, eg beginning to use tone by mixing tints and shades of colours to create 3D effects.


Work selectively, choosing and adapting collage materials to create contrast and considering overall composition.

Apply paint with control in different ways to achieve different effects, experimenting with techniques used by other artists and applying ideas to their own artworks eg making choices about painting surfaces or mixing paint with other materials.


Develop a painting from a drawing or other initial stimulus.


Explore how collage can extend original ideas.


Combine a wider range of media, eg photography and digital art effects.

Manipulate paint and painting techniques to suit a purpose, making choices based on their experiences. Work in a sustained way over several sessions to complete a piece.


Analyse and describe the elements of other artists’ work, e.g. the effect of colour or composition.


Consider materials, scale and techniques when creating collage and other mixed media pieces. Create collage in response to a stimulus.


Work collaboratively on a larger scale.

Sculpture and 3D

Able to plan and think through the making process to create 3D forms.


Shape materials for a purpose, positioning and joining materials in new ways (tie, slot, stick, fold, tabs).


Explore how shapes can be used to create abstract artworks in 3D.

Explore how different materials can be shaped and joined, using more complex techniques such as carving and modelling wire.


Show an understanding of appropriate finish and present work to a good standard.


Respond to a stimulus and begin to make choices about materials and techniques used to work in 3D.


Uses personal plans and ideas to design and construct more complex sculptures and 3D forms.


Combine materials and techniques appropriately to fit with ideas.


Confidently problem-solve, edit and refine to create desired effects and end results.

Craft and Design



Learn a new making technique (paper making) and apply it as part of their own project.


Investigate the history of a craft technique and share that knowledge in a personal way.


Design and make creative work for different purposes, evaluating the success of the techniques used.


Extend ideas for designs through sketchbook use and research, justifying choices made during the design process.

Develop personal, imaginative responses to a design brief, using sketchbooks and independent research.


Justify choices made during a design process, explaining how the work of creative practitioners have influence their final outcome.