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Our new Guerrilla Curriculum 2020 groups subjects into enquiry projects, which are taught once throughout the year.  Art, Music and Drama are taught together in the autumn term in Years 3 and 4, whilst in Years 5 and 6 they are taught in the summer term.  The Arts project area is -Creativity and Imagination, which links to our school motto: 


Creative. Curious. Caring. We make every moment count


Within this project pupils will have the opportunity to develop:


  • Communication through speaking and listening
  • Courage to stand out and be different (risk-taking)
  • Individuality and independence
  • Appreciation of themselves and others
  • The use of the outdoor space
  • Awareness of the global community
  • Inspiration


The big questions the children will explore are:


  • Is there freedom in the arts?
  • Are the arts needed in society?
  • Is it better to stand out of fit in?
  • Does gender influence art?


To see the long term plan for art please follow the link below for our Guerrilla Curriculum Long-Term Plan.


Curriculum Intent

Our school motto

Creative. Caring. Curious

At Wirksworth Junior School we value Art as an important part of our pupils' entitlement to a broad and balanced curriculum. Art provides pupils with the opportunities to be creative and to express their individual interests, thoughts and ideas. Art, craft and design embody some of the highest forms of human creativity. We intend our pupils to be curious about the world around them. They should be able to think critically and as they progress, develop a more rigorous understanding of art works. In addition we want our pupils to care about art and how it reflects and shapes our history and also how it contributes to the culture, creativity and wealth of our nation.



Curriculum Implementation

To enable an in-depth approach to our art curriculum to be taught, we will 'block' the majority of our art teaching into one term. Art is part of the 'Creativity and Imagination' strand of our curriculum. The art teaching incorporates the National Curriculum. To ensure we have skills progression we have created a skills progression ladder. In addition, we are very proud to be a part of the famous Wirksworth festival each year.

Skills progression

Curriculum Impact


Class teachers use on-going assessment opportunities to assess pupils. They use this to inform their planning, lesson content and next steps.

Websites that can help with the Art curriculum