‘Birchensale Middle School lies at the heart of the community. Our caring family values ensure the best possible environment for every pupil to realise their full potential’

Art and Design is fundamental to pupil learning at Birchensale Middle School. Our broad Art curriculum inspires, educates and challenges pupils; allowing them to record their experiences using their creativity and imagination, which in turn helps children to learn better in all subjects. 

The Art Room is a hub of activity; always open, inviting children to explore and investigate their own interests, using different materials and mediums both in two and three dimensions. We use sketchbooks to help children develop their ideas and to show and assess progression in their artistic ability. They will work in both observational and imaginative ways, learning specific art skills with the use of colour, texture, form, line, shape and pattern. Pupils will create a final piece using a wide range of materials; painting, printing, metal work and sculpture which is exhibited across the school. 

In Art, we take inspiration from other artists, old and new, to observe techniques that help pupils evaluate their own work and make improvements. Assessment is recorded by both teacher and peers, discussing learning outcomes and the development of work. 

Pupils are encouraged to explore Art in their own time outside of school, to promote unorthodox thinking and fresh perspectives, discovering their own style in Art. Work produced is exhibited within the Art Room, across school and online.  

“Art is not just a subject you can learn but an activity that you can practice with your hands, your eyes, your whole personality.” Quentin Blake 

National Curriculum

Key Stage 2Key Stage 3

Learning Journey