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Art & Design

In Art, we want to help our students become motivated and enquiring individuals, by providing them with a balanced and challenging Art curriculum which allows students to explore a range of art styles and approaches.

Art and Design at Venturers’ Academy


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. As pupils progress, they should be able to think critically and develop a more rigorous understanding of art and design. They should also know how art and design both reflect and shape our history, and contribute to the culture, creativity and wealth of our nation.        DfE Purpose of Study


At Venturers’ Academy we believe that the art and design curriculum should inspire, challenge and engage our students by promoting creative responses and personal expression. Students should be challenged whilst being provided with the skills and knowledge they need to be able to experiment, investigate and create their own works of art. Thinking creatively and critically whilst investigating and evaluating art from the past and present assists students in developing a deeper understanding of the many disciplines within art, craft and design. Supporting our students’ emotional and social development alongside their mental health and wellbeing is paramount. Providing experiences that motivate students to experiment, communicate, discuss and channel their imagination encourages a growth in self-belief and confidence in their abilities. Art can be a therapeutic outlet as well as a vehicle to provide imaginative risk taking.



Key Stage 1

Students start to develop their understanding and control of simple techniques. The emphasis is on exploring and investigating. Looking and talking about the work of artists, craftspeople and arts of different cultures is encouraged.

Students will be taught how to use a range of materials creatively; to use drawing, painting and sculpture to develop and share their ideas, experiences and imagination. Personal response and self-expression are encouraged through learning about key processes such as drawing and mark making, colour mixing and painting, cutting and tearing, sticking and collaging, modelling, pattern making and printing.










Key Stage 2


Students will be taught how to develop their techniques using a variety of materials by way of experimenting, investigating and exploring with two and three dimensional media. Learning about the work of artists, craftspeople and designers and responding to their work is encouraged through classroom activities and visiting galleries and museums. Meeting local artists and engaging in workshops with others enables students to gain an understanding of the broad diversity of creative practice across the visual arts.

Students will be taught how to record their observations and how to use them to review and revisit ideas. Documenting ideas, drawing, designing, collating and annotating are encouraged through the use of a sketchbook.  Students will be given support in learning how to adapt and improve their work; sketchbooks help students in seeing how their ideas evolve. They are also valuable to teachers as part of the assessment process and a place where written feedback can support learning. Feedback is an integral part of lessons.



Key Stage 3


Students are encouraged to make their own choices and develop their own creativity whilst increasing their proficiency in their execution.

They are taught about a variety of artists, craftspeople and designers, helping to develop their critical understanding in order for them to express reasoned judgements that can inform improvements in their own work.

Students are taught how to document their work in a variety of ways. They use sketchbooks to plan, record, research and explore their ideas; to annotate and to document their knowledge of artists. Taking risks, failing safely, analysing and evaluating is encouraged.

Students are taught how to use a range of techniques in order to increase their proficiency in the handling of different materials.
To support them in understanding why art is inherent in all cultures, students will learn about the art, craft and design of different periods and countries. The intention is to encourage an understanding of the background of the artists, as well as the historical, political, spiritual, cultural, social, moral, environmental context in which the work was created.





Early Years Foundation Stage

In the Nursery and Reception classes, art is an integral and vital part of everyday life. Students are encouraged to create with different mediums which are readily available for them to choose to use. Much of the work is self-initiated. Students are assessed for the early learning outcomes against using materials and being imaginative as well as handling materials.

Year 1 and 2

Year 1 and 2 students are taught art through the Edison learning curriculum, which integrates topic work and National Curriculum standards. In Year 1 and 2 they are using a range of materials to design and make products; using drawing, painting and sculpture and looking at colour texture, line, shape and form. They also learn about a range of artists. There are more opportunities for art in our co-curricular activities and on special wow days.

Year 1

Starry Night

Line drawing

Colour mixing blue and yellow

Colour mixing - tones

Van Gogh

Year 2

Where do Bong trees grow? (The Owl and the Pussy Cat*)

Sketch book

Line, texture


Choral speaking

Observational drawing



Sig Individual Edward Lear

Years 3 to 6

In Years 3 to 6 students continue to be taught art through the Edison learning curriculum and are taught to develop techniques and control their use of materials, with creativity, experimentation and increasing awareness of different crafts and designs. They also study great artists, designers and architects in history. This is all in line with the National Curriculum. There are more opportunities for art in our co-curricular activities and on special wow days.

Year 3

The Games Children Play


Quick figure sketches

Quick life drawings

Class composition

Year 4

Should we stop eating chocolate?


D&T design, make, evaluate

Market research

Design chocolate product make and evaluate

Analysis, design and making packaging



From a Railway Carriage

Group discussion detail of poem

Practise & rehearse choral speaking of the poem

Freeze frame - view from the carriage

Passengers on the train

Choral performance

Read the poem

Create success criteria for poem

Comparison with other 'railway' poems

Guided writing - creating a class poem

Write own poem Railway pictures - reading images

View from a railway carriage

Design the train of the future Exploring rhythms

Creating a soundtrack

Music performance Creating movement pattern

Creating a sequence of movement to soundtrack

Dance performance

Year 5


The Highwayman

Chalk and charcoal doorways

Charles Keeping's illustrations

Illustrate a line of the poem

Figure drawing

3D representation of a character Soundtrack with illustrations

Year 6

The Lady of Shalott

Write poem/prose Fantasy images Illuminated manuscripts

Develop fantasy image to ink and wash Listen to Pavanes



Access to a wide range of Art and Design media; from drawing and painting to 3D, from digital photography to printmaking. In each of the teaching rooms there is a small provision of computers with added access to laptops. We are committed to the use of ICT for personal planning, knowledge management and faculty records.

Years 7, 8 and 9

Year 7

Year 8

Year 9

Work in Year 7 develops and strengthens basic drawing, painting, and 3D making skills. Students are taught the importance of art , ranging from how to draw an accurate portrait to producing a 3D clay skull based on the Mexican festival of Day of the Dead.

Work in Year 8 develops and strengthens, painting, printing and 3D making skills. Students are taught the importance of design and planning. Year 8 is a very practical year, producing lots of exciting outcomes using exploring materials and new techniques. Students produce lino prints and 3D masks in response to starting points like, Natural Forms and Native American artefacts.

  • Work in Year 9 acts as a foundation study for GCSE work in Years 10 and 11. Students produce original work in response to starting points such as Fantastic and Strange.
  • These outcomes can range from  paintings to 3D sculptures.