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Headteacher: Mrs V. Campos


Curriculum Intent


Art, craft and design embody some of the highest forms of human creativity. A high-quality art and design education should engage, inspire and challenge pupils, equipping them with the knowledge and skills to experiment, invent and create their own works of art, craft and design. (National Curriculum)

Art teaching at Boxmoor Primary School aims to follow the specifications of the National Curriculum; providing a broad, balanced and differentiated curriculum and ensuring the progressive development of art concepts, knowledge and skills.


At Boxmoor we believe that art plays an integral role in helping children to feel part of a community, therefore we provide opportunities for all children to create and enjoy art both in class and showcase to an audience. We do this through art displays, assemblies and entering competition where children can showcase their talent. At Boxmoor we also love creating art for the community by participating in Christmas card making for the elderly. Lessons enable children to being creative, learning about inspirational artists and creating art work through the use of different media and techniques.


The aims of our Art curriculum are to develop pupils who:

  • Produce creative work
  • Exploring their ideas and recording their experiences 
  • Become proficient in drawing, painting, sculpture and other art, craft and design techniques
  • Evaluate and analyse creative works using the language of art, craft and design 
  • Know about great artists, craft makers and designers
  • Understand the historical and cultural development of their art form


Art teaching at Boxmoor Primary School delivers the requirements of the National Curriculum through divided up the curriculum amongst the year groups with respect to appropriateness of content at different ages and natural curriculum links with other subjects as well as teaching all areas of art media.  We have worked collaboratively in order to include more 3D work into our curriculum.


Art lessons are broken down into half-termly units and an emphasis is placed on art vocabulary, allowing children to talk about pieces of art using the correct terminology. Each unit of work has:

  • An inspirational artists, craft makers and designers, and opportunity to understand the historical and cultural development of their art forms.
  • A media to explore, becoming proficient in drawing, painting, sculpture, textiles, collage or digital technology.
  • Techniques to improve their skills in colour, pattern, line, shape, texture and form.
  • Produce creative work, exploring their ideas and recording their experiences.
  • Evaluate and analyse creative works using the language of art, craft and design
  • The gaining of subject specific vocabulary


Within the EYFS setting, art is an integral part of children’s learning journey. Expressive art and design is about being creating with materials. The children safely use and explore a variety of materials, tools and techniques, experimenting with colour, design, texture, form and function.  The children share their creations with their friends and explain the process they have used. 


Pupils have the opportunity to join the school art club and to participate in art competitions. The school art club is open to children in Year 2 - 4 on a weekly basis, with the average number of pupils being in the range of 15-20. Pupils in the school art club meet on a Tuesday after school and focus on creating large pieces of art and learning new techniques and having fun!



Our Art Curriculum is planned to demonstrate progression and build on and embed current skills. We focus on progression of knowledge and skills in the different artist components and teaching of vocabulary also forms part of the units of work. If children are achieving the knowledge and skills in lessons, then they are deemed to be making good or better progress.


We measure the impact of our curriculum through the following methods:

  • Pupil discussions and interviewing the pupils about their learning (pupil voice). 
  • Art sketch book and display looks by the Curriculum Coordinator.
  • Governor monitoring with our subject art link governor.
  • Annual reporting and tracking of standards across the curriculum.
  • Photo and video evidence of the pupils practical learning.

The impact of our art curriculum is also measured in the uptake of our art club.

Curriculum Coverage


The following are the units that the children currently learn within each year group.





Creating closed shapes with continuous line

Use these shapes to represent objects.

Represent faces with circles and details.

Use drawing to represent movement or loud noises. 

Show different emotions in their drawings.

Explore colour and colour mixing.


Explore, use and refine a variety of artist effects to express their ideas and feelings.

Return to and build upon previous learning, refining ideas and developing their ability to represent them.

Create collaboratively sharing ideas, resources and skills.

Year 1

Can you create a Lowry stick figure?

Year 1

Can you draw in the style of Tara Pappas?

Year 1

Can you finger paint in the style of Aboriginal dot art?

Year 2

Painting skills and colour mixing 

Great fire of London pictures influenced by paintings from the seventeenth century

Year 2

Drawing skills

Matisse collage

Nurses portraits

Year 2

Wire sculptures of flowers in the style of Yayoi Kusama

Tinga Tinga paintings in the style of Edward Tinga

Year 3

Bio, eco, canotyptopic, relief printing

Andy Goldsworthy

Walter Mason

Eqyptian Art Pharoahs

Year 3

Quintin Blake

Year 3

Cave art

Clay and plaster fossils

Jewellery Elena Fernandez

Year 4

Andy Goldsworthy Sculpture

Year 4

Emma Briggs – Mosaic artist

Year 4

Travel Posters – trains vintage

Year 5

Andy Warhol pop art

Lethal Chris

Year 5

Ansel Adams – photography

Georgia O’Keefe

Year 5

Viking sculpture dragon

Year 6

LS Lowry WWII sketching

Year 6

Greek Theatre Masks

Computer generated design for a Greek repetitive piece of textiles

Year 6

Hokusai – Night light sculpture


If you, or someone you know, has knowledge or experience connected to one or more of the units that we study please contact the art coordinator, who would be pleased to welcome further contributions to our learning. 

Art Club 2022-23

Take a look at the amazing art work created by children from Years 2 and 3.

Art Club 2023-24

Look at the amazing art work produced by members of Art Club.

Dinosaur pictures Autumn 1