At Cunningham Hill Junior School, we value Art as an important part of the children’s entitlement to a broad and balanced curriculum. We believe that high-quality Art lessons will inspire children to think innovatively and exhibit their creativity.

Our curriculum gives children the opportunity to develop their skills and techniques, using a range of media and materials. Children will be introduced to differing artists, styles and vocabulary, providing them with the enthusiasm, inspiration and ability to implement their own originality into a final piece. They should also know how Art both reflects and shapes our history, and contributes to the culture of our country. Art is also a subject that inter-links with cross-curricular topics, allowing children to use their art skills to reflect on and explore topics in greater depth.

In Art, children are expected to be reflective and evaluate their work, thinking about how they can make changes and keep improving. This is a meaningful and continuous process throughout the learning journey, and as a result, supports children into becoming budding artists.

As a school, we hope to stimulate and motivate the children to look beyond Art in the classroom, by offering a selection of Art-based days, enrichment opportunities, competitions and extra-curricular clubs.

Whole School Art Day

After participating in a whole school art day, where the theme was ‘Animals of the World’ and ‘Reflections’, the children spoke about how they felt about the day. Here are some of their quotes from across the school:
‘We got to do what we want, it was great.’ (Class 8)
‘I liked using lots of different colours in the way I wanted.’ (Class 8)
‘I just love art!’ (Class 7)
‘The best day ever! Art is my favourite subject.’ (Class 7)
‘I enjoyed it because I don’t usually get to do as much art.’ (Class 6)
‘It’s fun because I got to be creative.’ (Class 5)
‘I love it because I got to express my emotions.’ (Class 5)
‘I loved getting to use charcoal.’ (Class 4)
‘Getting to use the charcoal and smudging it was really fun’. (Class 4)
‘It’s a new type of art I haven’t done before.’ (Class 4)
‘It was great to have more time to create my artwork.’ (Class 3)
‘I enjoyed experimenting with different techniques.’ (Class 2)
‘I enjoyed the freedom to choose what art work to do.’ (Class 2)
‘I enjoyed doing something different.’ (Class 1)
‘I loved using my imagination.’ (Class 1)