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Our Art curriculum develops the ability for a range of thinking skills, from analytical, reflective, logical and imaginative.  Over their time at BHA, pupils are given opportunities and encouraged to become independent learners in this field, increasing in their confidence to use a range of materials and techniques to express themselves and find their artistic voice.


Our curriculum covers the national Curriculum which enables all pupils to:

  • produce creative work, exploring their ideas and recording their experiences
  • become proficient in drawing, painting, sculpture and other art, craft and design techniques
  • evaluate and analyse creative works using the language of art, craft and design
  • know about great artists, craft makers and designers, and understand the historical and cultural development of their art forms.

Throughout their studies, pupils will be taught

  • to use a range of techniques to record their observations in sketchbooks, journals and other media as a basis for exploring their ideas
  • to use a range of techniques and media, including painting
  • to increase their proficiency in the handling of different materials
  • to analyse and evaluate their own work, and that of others, in order to strengthen the visual impact or applications of their work
  • about the history of art, craft, design and architecture, including periods, styles and major movements from ancient times up to the present day

Pupils cover a range of topics throughout the three years and build on previous learning and skills. Assessment will take place throughout the year and pupils’ work will be assessed against age related expectations.


Year 6





Focus - Work in Clay.


This unit will rotate throughout the year.

Still Life work

Narrative Art in the form of printing.  Looking at Greek Myths for inspiration.

Painting Great Art





Manga Mania




Art vocabulary

Basic Drawing and painting Skills

Form, Tone, Colour theory

Visualise imagery,


Exploring various artists’ drawing and painting styles.

Develop knowledge about art movements.

Pattern Work

Experimenting ideas

Researching artists

Exploring pattern


Distinctive genre, as a discipline/way of drawing.



Year 7





Expressive Figure Sculpture using Wire and Mud Rok.


This unit will rotate throughout the year.

Intermediate drawing and painting skills

Using colour for its depth value and creating optical illusions.


Exploring art history. Using where the pupils live as inspiration for their subject matter.



Pattern Work, looking at Celtic Art and Illuminated manuscripts to develop personal monograms


Creating and appreciating sculpture

Composition work, addressing proportion, depth and single point perspective.

Explore formal elements, colour theory.

Exploring art vocabulary.

‘Reading pictures’, trialling different styles

Decoding visual clues and creating an Eco Poster.  Thinking about the power of visual art to communicate.

Awareness of line, tone, shape and graduated colours


Year 8





Sculpture work in Willow and Papier Mache. 


This unit will rotate throughout the year.

Advanced drawing and painting skills –Portraiture.


Using a themed project based on ‘Autumn’ (one group will use ‘Spring’). 

Independent Work

Screen Printing – Using animals as inspiration.

Illustration, creating a fantasy painting.  Using mixed media.


Individual project based on the concept of ‘Future me’.



Imaginative work based on fish.


Using the grid system, developing three dimensional effects.

Use of multiple media where applicable.  Creating a considered response.

Animal portraits, creating a likeness, experimenting with colour and tone.

Exploring work of book illustrators.

Working partly in relief using tissue paper etc. Composition.

Planning, imagining, drawing, working with a range of materials to produce meaningful work.



When our pupils leave BHA, they should be able to: 

  • Confidently record their ideas accurately in a sketchbook either from direct observation, from memory or their own imagination, generating ideas.  While also being able to select and annotate imagery that will support their creative process.
  • Convey meaning through their work.
  • Increasingly work independently as they develop their practical skills.
  • Produce thoughtful responses to the study of artists. 
  • Use a range of different materials and techniques to generate 2D and 3D artwork.
  • Select how best to use art resources effectively.
  • Analyse and compare artists’ ideas and approaches and recognise possible influences on their work.
  • Know to how mix and apply colour to create depth and mood.
  • Respond to art forms from a wide historical and cultural period.