Art Curriculum Statement

“You can’t use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have.” – Maya Angelou

Art plays a vital part in our creative curriculum. We believe that art stimulates creativity, imagination and inventiveness, while providing children with the opportunities to develop intellectually, emotionally, physically and socially. Therefore, we believe that it should be taught as an individual subject as well as incorporated into other curriculum areas.

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

Our Art curriculum enables our children to communicate what they see, feel and think. It allows them to experiment with their ideas, their use of colour, texture, form and pattern, and a range of different materials and processes. Children are encouraged to self-evaluate their creations and are taught how to be resilient to achieve their goals. We aim for children to reflect upon the work of both modern and historical artists and upon art from a variety of different cultures.


The Art Leaders

The Art Leaders at Middlestown Primary Academy are an integral part of our leadership team.

They work alongside Mrs Hunter to drive forward improvements in the teaching and learning of Art, and they ensure that Art has a high profile in school.

Furthermore, they help Mrs Hunter monitor Art by observing lessons, supporting with pupil voice interviews and looking at learning in sketchbooks. They hold assemblies and competitions and are just all round Art enthusiasts!

We look forward to sharing some of their achievements over the course of this year.

""I like art because there is no right or wrong and it is a nice way to just be yourself. You can get stuck into it and you just want to do it more. - Year 5""

Topics Covered In Art

Art Knowledge Organisers

Key Stage One knowledge organisers

Year 1 –

Year 2 – Y2 craft,

Key Stage Two knowledge organisers

Year 3 – Y3 painting,    Y3 drawing

Year 4 –

Year 5 –

Year 6 –

Our Learning In Art

Year 3 - Spring term 2024

In their drawing unit, Year 3 explored using shapes, shading and texture to enhance their drawing skills. They looked at the botanical drawings of Charles Darwin and explored composition and scale to create drawings like those of Georgia O’Keeffe.

Year 2 - Spring term 2024

In Art last half term, our work was inspired by maps.

The children drew their own creative maps and used parts of these to create their own stained glass windows and abstract prints.

They also worked in small groups to recreate part of a map using wool fibres to create a felt. Our classroom display is fabulous and shows so much learning and creativity.

Special art events and displays

Middlestown Obliteration Wall - Spring term 2024

Our artist of the Spring term was Yayoi Kusama who is famous for her dotty artwork. The art leaders were inspired by her obliteration rooms and created a white obliteration wall for the whole school to contribute towards. It has been great to watch our artwork develop as the children and staff have added coloured stickers.

Remembrance Day 2023

The children from Y1 to Y6 did various activities to teach them about the importance of remembering those who sacrificed themselves by serving in the wars. In art, we looked a various soldiers uniforms from over the years and the children then designed and made their own remembrance peg soldiers.

Artist of the term

Every term we learn about and celebrate an artist. We aim to choose a variety of artists, craft makers and designers from different times, cultures and backgrounds. The art leaders share these with the school in assembly and a display is created. The art leaders also set challenges and competitions based on our chosen artists.


Our artist of the term is ... Yayoi Kusama

Yayoi Kusama is a contemporary artist from Japan who has created paintings, sculptures, installations and performance art. She has also worked with Louis Vuitton to inspire fashion and handbags.

Yayoi Kusama is sometimes called the ‘polka dot princess’ due to her love of dots. Our art leaders were inspired by her obliteration rooms and used this as inspiration for our own Middlestown Obliteration Wall. (See special events)


Previous artists of the half term

Bob Kane, Matt Groening and Jeff Kinney – Cartoonists

Norma Merrick Sklarek (1926-2012) Black American architect

J.M.W. Turner  (1775 – 1851) British painter

Alma Thomas (1891 – 1978) African-American abstract artist

Salvador Dali (1904 – 1989)  Spanish surrealist artist

Banksy (1990s – present)  English street artist

Stephen Wiltshire (1974 – present) British architectural artist

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The Accord Multi Academy Trust is an educational charity established in September 2016 that is currently made up of four academies who were the founding members of the Trust. In September 2016 Horbury Academy and Ossett Academy & Sixth Form College came together, moving away from their stand-alone Trust status and were joined in December 2016 by Horbury Primary Academy and Middlestown Primary Academy.

The overarching vision for the Trust is to work in one ‘Accord – celebrating the differences of each academy through strong collaboration in order to inspire all members of our learning community to be the best that they can be.

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