At Mengham Junior School, we believe that art is an exciting, creative and expiring subject allowing all abilities of children to excel and flourish. It enables children to appreciate the world around them, be creative and begin to appreciate the history of art and how art impacts on our society.  Our Art curriculum is carefully planned to provide children with opportunities to express themselves through different media including:

  • drawing and painting,
  • to sculpture,
  • printmaking,
  • collage,
  • ICT
  • and textiles.

Through the study of a range of artists, ranging from well-known names from art history, to more modern artists and living artists including local artists, we aim to provide inspiration for the pupils to explore and develop their creative skills and confidently create their own works of art.  Where possible, we link our art to other areas of the curriculum to immerse children in their learning.  Children experience each of the key areas of art skill at least once in Lower School and again in Upper School with increasing challenge.  Skills are progressive and build on what the children have already experienced.  Drawing and painting skills are developed as regularly as possible throughout each year.  Drawing is used throughout each unit and the pupils keep a sketchbook which shows their Learning Journey and allows them to plan, record and reflect on their creative process. We aim to be involved in art competitions based in the local community and we have an after-school art club which undertakes a range of group and individual projects including scenery and prop design and creation for school plays, painting and drawing and crafting skills.  Our Art curriculum map shows the exciting opportunities the children will be experiencing this year:


Mengham Junior School Subject Skills: Art CURRICULUM 2019-2020


Year Group

Autumn 1

Autumn 2

Spring 1

Spring 2

Summer 1

Summer 2

Year 3

Drawing and Painting

Prehistoric Cave Painting

*Primary, secondary and complimentary colours


*Large scale collaborative drawing and painting

*Tints and shades

Drawing and Painting

*Graded pencils

*Observational drawing of Roman architecture


*Printmaking / ICT

*Polyprint repeating pattern (rotational symmetry and tessellation

Drawing and painting

*Graded pencils

*Observational drawing of nature


Pond life

Create a garden using a variety of papers


Year 4

Drawing and Painting

*observational drawing of sculpture

Drawing from imagiation

Sculpture – (volcanoes). Create armatures. Wire, withie, armature, paper and paste/papier-mâché, plaster, etc. Combine materials to achieve required effects/ meet design requirements. Improve their mastery of techniques with a range of materials.

Artist: Frank Stella (abstract)


*Printing (Anglo-Saxons and Vikings)

Drawing and Painting


*Tints and shades

*Line / texture

*Observational drawing


*Wax resist to make a collaborative piece.

Drawing and Painting

*Continuous line drawing of river scene.

*Draw from imagination – river scene with background, mid and foreground.

*Compare imaginative and observational painting

*ICT – photos of school landscapes


Year 5






Drawing and Painting

*Space hues, shades and tints

*Draw from imagination a planet not yet photographed (See light and dark examples)


*Create a space themed textile square with applique details, sequins, beads, etc.

*use simple running stitch / moving on to embroidery stitches

*combine threads to create new thread to add detail with.

Drawing and Painting – 3 weeks

*Observational drawing / painting of animals looking closely at pattern / texture.


*Link to Escher/ tessellations 

*Use an interesting line (linked to animal pattern) to create a string printing block.

*Create abstract wallpaper design by printing with the string print block.

*Photocopy and add additional colour using brush ink.

Drawing and Painting

*Paul Klee castle and Sun

*Use mixed media to create a painting in the style of Paul Klee (i.e. collage and paint / wax resist)


*Use architecture as stimulus.

*Use junk modeling skills to create an architectural replica of church, mosque etc.

Artist: Paul Klee

Year 6







Drawing and painting – 4 weeks

*Expressive observational portraits

*Fleshy hues

*Tone – graded pencils

*Share / discuss expressive feelings depicted in art


*Create a clay coil pot, mug or bowl.

*Focus on keeping sides straight.

*Add paint to decorate.



Drawing, painting / textiles

*Experiment with Marbling with inks onto different surfaces including plastic, fabric, paper.

*Dyed fabric tied up with string rubber bands bottle top etc and soaked in bleach. (reverse tie dye)

*Repeat same process on white fabric and soaking in dye.

*Hue, shades, tints investigations

*Graded pencil line, texture and tonal work.

Mixed Media – Pop Art

*Control a wide range of media to create predetermined effects. Use the primary colours + black and white to mix a full range of hues and tones in a wide range of media.

*ICT Use a full range of tools within an art package with confidence. Use ICT to respond to an artist’s work.

Artist:  Graphic designer Julian Opie/Andy Warhol