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Art Curriculum
Intent, Implementation and Impact





At Montem Academy, Art is a subject area that we celebrate and enjoy across the school.   Our intent is to ensure that our art curriculum inspires our children to think creatively and to gain an appreciation of art. 


Our Art curriculum provides children with opportunities to develop their skills using a range of media and materials. Children learn the skills of drawing, painting, printing, collage, textiles, 3D work and digital art and are given the opportunity to explore and evaluate different creative ideas.


Art is taught through high quality school projects, where pupils across the school work towards a whole school theme, such as The Elements, Animal Kingdoms and Dynasties.


At Montem, art is integrated into our foundation curriculum.  This ensures that our art curriculum is relevant, and meaningful to the children, and enables them to apply their knowledge of a historical or geographical topic to their art and construction work.




Each year group will learn a range of skills and techniques, use different mediums and develop the ability to experiment with different kinds of art, craft and design whilst increasing the pupils’ awareness and appreciation of art.  Art is integrated into our foundation subjects with all Geography and History units of work finishing with a 2 week art block focusing of the theme or topic being studied.  This enable the learning to be meaningful to the children.

Throughout the year, pupils will have opportunities to develop their artistic skills and will be taught to:


  • use materials to design and make products
  • use drawing, painting and sculpture to develop and share their ideas, experience and imagination.
  • develop a wide range of art and design techniques using colour, pattern, texture, line, shape, form and space.
  • create sketches to record their observations.
  • use a range of materials including: clay, charcoal, paint, pencil and fabric


In Early Years Foundation Stage:

Pupils are taught to:

  • explore and use a variety of media and materials through a combination of child initiated and adult directed activities.
  • to explore the textures, movement, feel, look of different media and materials.
  • respond to a range of media and material, develop their understanding of them in order to manipulate and create different effects.
  • use different media and materials to express their own ideas
  • explore colour and use for a particular purpose.
  • develop skills to use simple tools and techniques competently and appropriately.
  • select appropriate media and techniques and adapt their work where necessary.


In Key Stage 1:
Pupils are taught:

  • to use a range of materials creatively to design and make products
  • to use drawing, painting and sculpture to develop and share their ideas, experiences and imagination
  • to develop a wide range of art and design techniques in using colour, pattern, texture, line, shape, form and space.
  •    to learn about the work of arrange of artists,craft makers and designers, describing the difference and similarities between different practices and disciplines and making links to their own work.

In Key Stage 2
Pupils are taught:

  • to create sketch books to record their observations and use them to review and revisit ideas
  • to improve their mastery of art and design techniques, including drawing, painting and sculpture with a range of materials (for example pencil, charcoal, paint and clay)


Whole School:

Throughout the academic year, our pupils work on whole school art projects which are led by our Art Leader.  Pupils work collaboratively across the academy on difference aspects of the project.  Pupils in our lower key stage are supported by our Key Stage 2 Art Ambassadors. The art work created during our whole school projects is celebrated through high quality displays in our Art Corridor which illustrate our appreciation and love of Art.




Our Art Curriculum is high quality, well thought out and is planned to demonstrate progression.

If children are keeping up with the curriculum, they are deemed to be making good or better progress. 


In addition, we measure the impact of our curriculum through the following methods: 


  • A reflection on standards achieved against planned outcomes
  • A celebration of learning for each half term which demonstrated progression across the school
  • Pupil discussion about their learning; which includes discussions of their thoughts, ideas, processing and evaluation  of work.