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John Bamford Primary

Curriculum Intent - Art and Design


Our Curriculum Drivers

Characteristics of a John Bamford Artist


Cycle 1

Autumn 1

Autumn 2

Spring 1

Spring 2

Summer 1

Summer 2

Years 1 and 2

Fire, fire!


Collage (layering colourful tissue paper under silhouette of burning building)


Media, tear, fold, cut, curl


Our Town (Local adventure)


Drawing (sketch an area of the town)


Hatching, cross-hatching, shading, horizontal, vertical

Into the Woods!


Printing (use ‘Into the Forest’ images of black and white and the character in colour to contrast)


Repeating pattern, stencil, roller, mono print, relief print, layers


Study of National Fairy Tales (National adventure)

All about Orang-utan’s/Rainforests

Here we are (Global adventure)

Years 3 and 4

The Terrible Tudors


Collage (create a self-portrait with child’s photo added in middle)


Collage of Henry VIII


Crumple, overlap, arrange, positive space, negative space

Our local library (Local adventure)


Sculpture (recycle newspapers to make 3D flowers)


Malleable, manipulate, scratch/score, glaze

The Stone Age


Painting (create a stone age painting)


Complimentary/contrasting, tones, hot/cold colours

Town is by the sea (National adventure)


Sculpture (sculptures in the sand)


Manipulate, malleable, scratch/score

Blue Abyss


Printing (create silhouettes of things found deep within the ocean and paint layers of the ocean in different shades of blue)


Anthony Gormley – Another Place; Batik art; Printing; Famous seascapes


Lino print, rubbings, design

Clean Water and Sanitation (Global adventure)

Years 5 and 6




Rugeley Miners (Local adventure)


Drawing (use different medias including charcoal)


Light and shadow, perspective, reflection, realistic, impressionistic



Sports Relief (National adventure)


Deforestation (Global adventure)


Collage (using layers of card/paper, create a framed picture if animals/ rainforest)


Composition, organic shape, geometric shape




Cycle 2

Autumn 1

Autumn 2

Spring 1

Spring 2

Summer 1

Summer 2

Years 1 and 2

The Victorians


Printing (wallpaper to go inside their own Victorian room)


Repeating pattern, stencil, roller, mono print, relief print, layers


Our School (Local adventure)


Collage (make a collage of natural objects from around the school e.g. forest school)


Media, tear, fold, cut, curl


All About Chocolate!



Bright Lights, Big Cities (National adventure)

Growing Up


Drawing (portraits)


Hatching, cross-hatching, shading, horizontal, vertical

At the seaside, beach pollution (Global adventure)


Painting (lighthouse)


Primary/secondary colours, lighter shade, darker shade, colour mixing

Years 3 and 4


Etching hill Rock (Local adventure)


Drawing (go to Etching hill rock and sketch)


Contour hatching, stippling, scumbling, tone, texture, tonal scale

Oh, the Places You’ll Go (Places in Europe)

St. George and the Dragon (National adventure)

Misty Mountains


Painting (watercolour painting of mountain landscape/ranges)


Complimentary/contrasting, tones, hot/cold colours


Climate Action (Global adventure)

Years 5 and 6

Battles of Britain


Use artist Paul Nash as inspiration to create his or her own watercolour painting.


Evoke feeling, brushstrokes, movement


The use of Cannock Chase during WW1(Local adventure)

The Ancient Greeks


Sculpture (create a Greek vase e.g. pottery)


Slabs, coils, slips, relief, kiln, additive, subtractive



Shakespeare Week

(National adventure)

Forces of Nature


Painting/ charcoal/ collage (create a before and after image of a natural disaster e.g. a tornado or wildfire. Children to choose which media they want)


Painting - evoke feeling, brushstrokes, movement


Charcoal - light and shadow, perspective, reflection, realistic, impressionistic,


Collage - composition, organic shape, geometric shape




Sustainability and Recycling (Global adventure)



Aspire to be an Artist  

Here are some of the jobs you could aspire to do as an Artist:

  • Fine artist
  • Art therapist
  • Art teacher
  • Art technician
  • Illustrator
  • Web designer
  • Textile designer
  • Graphic designer
  • Photographer
  • Set designer
  • Costume designer
  • Make-up artist
  • Cinematographer
  • Film/video editor

To find out more about what careers are available, you can search on: https://targetcareers.co.uk/career-sectors/arts-and-creative/894045-careers-in-art-and-design