Art & Design

'Opening eyes and imagination to creative possibilities'


At Holt Farm Junior School we aim to provide children with opportunities to develop their skills using a range of media and materials. We also want pupils to be able to learn the skills of drawing, painting, printing, collage, textiles, 3D work and digital art and are also given the opportunity to explore and evaluate different creative ideas.

At Holt Farm, children are introduced to a range of works and develop knowledge of the styles and vocabulary used by famous artists worldwide. The skills they acquire are developed from their cross-curricular topics, allowing them to use their art skills to reflect on and explore topics in greater depth; for example, by sketching historical artefacts in detail, researching geographical locations to support their work on landscape painting or using art as a medium to express emotion and thought to enhance their personal, social and emotional development.

Through the teaching of Art and Design, using a topic based approach (cross curricular links), we are committed to providing our children with an exciting and positive learning environment in which they can broaden their understanding, appreciate and make better links to everyday life.

In Art, through the use of sketchbooks, the children will be encouraged and are expected to be reflective by evaluating their creative work by thinking about how they can make changes to keep improving their masterpieces.


At HFJS children keep their sketchbooks which travel with them throughout their school lives. They will also provide evidence of progression as well as development of their skills thus adding to their artistic journey.

Our topic focused approach to teaching Art enables teachers to use an adapted approach to learning so that all children can access the curriculum and achieve to the best of their ability within this subject. Apart from individual outcomes, the learning and development of art is supported through pre-learning and understanding activities, observations and scaffolding of skills, trial and error and revisiting of techniques. Children are also supported in a variety of ways, from additional adult support, varying materials, word banks, templates, artefacts, pictures and/or photographs. Children's learning is extended through additional challenges, where learners can apply their understanding, in a variety of ways including real life contexts. This enables children to be successful lifelong learners.


At HFJS, pupils are taught weekly, or in block sessions, to develop their techniques, including their control and their use of materials, with creativity, experimentation and an increasing awareness of different kinds of art, craft and design. Using termly topics, the techniques acquired, in each year group during KS2, are planned in order to show progression and development of skills. Thus, broadening and enhancing the independent individual creativity children need by the time they leave KS2.

Pupils at HFJS are taught:

  • To use/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]

  • To know and appreciate great artists, architects and designers in history.

  • To develop artistic independence (and competitiveness), where sketchbooks provide a portfolio of work collated throughout KS2.

Assessment & Marking:

Our Art Curriculum is planned to demonstrate progression and children enjoy and are engaged with the Art and Design in the school. Teachers will use their professional judgement from given assessment strands and success criteria to determine whether a child is working within age-related expectations, above or below at the end of each term and academic year. They will base their judgements on the quality of work produced throughout their topics alongside their discussions, reflections and evaluations.

Intended Impact:

Where and when possible, trips and visiting experts, who can enhance the learning experience and opportunities for all pupils are organised and delivered to further broader their experiences and understanding of The Arts. At Holt Farm Junior School, lessons and learning involve a combination of appreciation, creation and evaluation of art and design. The celebration, sharing and displaying of pupils’ artwork within the class, school and the wider community are all vital elements to the children’s artistic development. We value the arts and highly regard the importance it plays on the confidence and creativity of all our children so that they believe (possibilities) that they can succeed in anything.