Humberstone Junior Academy

Art / DT

Art and Design Curriculum Statement

Curriculum Intent

At Humberstone Infant and Junior Academies, art and design is taught discretely and across other subjects. Art and design at Humberstone strives to engage, inspire and challenge children through the rich opportunities and experiences offered in creative arts and design – helping to build on children’s cultural capital. Lessons are built on prior knowledge and are carefully sequenced and structured allowing children to improve over time. We aim to create confident individuals who are able to express themselves creatively through a range of media and use the required skills to be successful. We have high aspirations for our children with the vision of ‘every child is an artist’, developing their own unique personality that is reflected within their work. Children are encouraged to think critically and to articulate their ideas confidently and clearly using a wide range of mediums. Children are able to talk and reflect knowledgeably about the journeys they have taken to create their final products.


The art and design curriculum is taken from the National Curriculum objectives, and these are further broken down into skills ladders for each year group. This ensures consistency and full coverage of all areas of art and design. The skills ladders are progressive and are used when planning to ensure breadth and depth of the curriculum is taught. Teachers use tracking documents to identify which skills have previously been taught and. Sequencing and lesson progression are key elements of planning at Humberstone, lessons are carefully designed to build towards an outcome. 

PBL (Project Based Learning) is one of the key areas in which Art and Design is implemented, and may form a final outcome for a project. Each year group tries to incorporate art and design within their project and sometimes this forms part of their  final outcome. 

A culture of excellence is demonstrated through the display of Art and DT outcomes during exhibitions, around the school and within classrooms. At Humberstone we are committed to high aspirations and to strive for excellence, opportunities are provided for children to work alongside experts within the field of Art and Design. For example, in year 3, for their shadow project, a DT expert helped the children create their own shadow theatres using wood. Here, they developed their woodworking skills.  In Year 2, they had an artist come in to teach children how to use watercolors. The children were able to experiment with a range of techniques. 

STEM weeks provide an opportunity for children to become innovators and to design, make and evaluate their own products. Teachers at Humberstone use the design thinking process and the design cycle carefully to plan for opportunities where children are able to think creatively, plan, design a product and be able to make it. Children are able to develop the 21st century learning skills of creativity, collaboration, communication and critical thinking through the opportunities provided. Humberstone Infant and Junior schools have a bespoke design studio on site with subject specific technical resources where children develop their skills in: woodwork, 3d modelling, sculpture and artwork.  


Monitoring reveals that a range of art areas are covered throughout the year creatively linked to PBL or working towards a smaller outcome. As a result of this, children are exposed to a range of different skills that are applied to meet a particular purpose. They have opportunities to refine, develop and critique their own practise. 


The impact of art and design is measured in a number of ways including, book scrutinies, learning walks, tracking of skills ladders and the analysis of project outcomes  that show children’s experience and expertise. Children’s knowledge and skills across art and design is monitored through the skills ladders for each year group. All children are challenged to think creatively and become critical thinkers. In order to stimulate and inspire, pupil outcomes form an integral part of art and design and models of excellence are exhibited throughout the school and within the wider community.