The Belham Curriculum:


Art is taught in discreet lessons and pupils technical knowledge and skills are developed through the lens of great artists and movements. Pupils learn different forms of mark making, develop key skills in drawing and painting. Art knowledge is enhanced through gallery visits, and collaborations. We were awarded the Platinum Artsmark Award in 2023.

Curriculum Intent

Our aim is to introduce pupils to a broad range of artists and movements. They will discuss, analyse, and evaluate artwork, developing critical thinking and a sense of identity. Importantly, they will develop key skills in art, craft, and design, revisiting and building upon them each year. Pupils will explore, develop skills, and create unique artworks, working collaboratively. Although the emphasis is on the process, pupils also have opportunities to showcase their work at our termly Art Exhibition and exhibit locally and nationally. They work with local artists, galleries, and cultural organisations, building cultural capital. They leave with an appreciation of art, experience with various mediums, and an understanding of creative career opportunities.

Our Offer

At The Belham, art is taught in discreet lessons that draw inspiration from various artists and art movements. Pupils learn about the artists, their context and their legacy. They discuss, explore, and express their responses to the artworks.

In the Early Years, children explore different forms of mark-making using various materials. In Key Stages 1 and 2, pupils revisit essential skills in drawing, painting, form, printmaking, pattern, and texture, with each aspect being revisited and new skills added. This ensures that every child has the opportunity to explore various techniques and mediums. Pupils are encouraged to develop a sketchbook habit as a place for experimentation, exploration, and idea formation. Art is integrated into the curriculum to establish strong cross-curricular links.

Pupils regularly visit galleries and installations and collaborate on projects with other schools, local artists, and cultural organisations. We are enthusiastic about sharing our experiences and pedagogy, which has earned us a Platinum Artsmark Award.

How you can help at home

Take your child to visit local and national art galleries, and engage them in discussions about what they like or dislike, or how certain artworks make them feel. You can also initiate a sketchbook with your child, enabling them to experiment with various pens and pencils, and explore shading, perspective, composition, and texture. Art is an incredibly diverse subject, so allowing your child to freely explore and express their emotions or responses to visual stimuli is highly advantageous.

Progression Map