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Arno Vale Junior School

Art and Design

We learn art because it allows us to express our thoughts in creative and original ways. We can communicate feelings and ideas without words.


At Arno Vale, we believe that Art education is a fundamental part of every child’s education for them to become confident in their use of different materials and allow opportunities for creativity and experimentation. Our curriculum covers a wide range of topics offering opportunities for drawing, painting and sculpture. Examples include still life, storytelling through drawing and exploring identity The children will use sketchbooks to record their observations and use their imagination to develop their own ideas and thoughts. We feel that learning about different styles of art, artists, architects and designers allows pupils to be exposed to new ideas, thoughts and ways to interpret these through different artist expression. We hope that they will have a strong understanding of the diverse artistic world around them and enjoy the opportunity to create individual pieces.



We have adopted the Access Art split scheme of work. This scheme aims to develop artistic styles and use of a variety of materials through a progressive, varied and exciting curriculum. Three half-termly units develop knowledge, skills and understanding. See our long-term overview for the variety of choices that are on offer to the pupils at Arno Vale. Each class will follow a half termly unit of art, usually split over alternate weeks and taking a whole afternoon. At the end of each unit the children are offered the opportunity to reflect on their finished pieces and take part in a class gallery, offering supportive advice and compliments to their classmates. If opportunities allow, we also make links to other artists throughout the year.



By the time children leave Arno Vale, they will: 

  • demonstrate how their skills have developed across a range of mediums.
  • have the imagination and ability to try new things, challenge themselves and persevere.  
  • Make choices about the individual direction that their artwork will take. 
  • have an understanding of the work of a variety of different artists, designers and architects.
  • understand how their art can reflect their feelings and how they interpret the world around them.
  • Know that their work will be successful and there is no such thing as failure in Art 

Assessment within discrete Art lessons will ensure that pupils are building on their skills and knowledge over time. Learning outcomes allow teachers to be mindful of the assessment elements within lessons and can help them plan subsequent lessons and explore additional techniques. Activities are included within lessons to give the children the opportunity to self-assess and reflect on their learning. At the end of each unit, there will be an opportunity to create a class gallery.  

Year 3 Jubilee Art

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Take a look at some of the Year 3 Jubilee Art. Our project was called ‘The Queen’s Hat’. We looked at word art created by Rob+Roberta Smith and this inspired us to create our slogan backgrounds. We then created and painted our hat designs to add to the foreground.

In year 6, we have been learning about different styles of art: cubism, impressionism and anime. We have used these ideas as inspiration to create portraits of the queen. 

Year 4s Jubilee art portraits of the Queen have been inspired by Romero Britto, a Brazilian artist, born in 1963. He is a painter, print maker and sculptor. He is influenced by cubism, pop art and street art like graffiti. His artworks often include bold patterns, bright colours and fun themes. His work is always joyful and happy. Britto believes that art should be shared. You will see examples of his work all around the world, including in city centres, at airports, stations and at big events like the Olympics. He is the most licensed artist in history.