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At Sharmans Cross Junior School, we are incredibly proud of our children's artistic talents. Our Art curriculum incorporates the statutory requirements of the National Curriculum and is carefully woven and embedded through all school subjects to provide children with fabulous learning experiences. All children will experience a broad and dynamic Art curriculum which builds on the knowledge, understanding and skills of all children as they progress through our school. 


Children will learn about great local and famous artists both in the past and present and make links with art and cultural change. Lessons encompass the full range of core skills including marking making, colour theory, paint,  printing, pastel, 3D and mixed media.


Throughout the year, with the help of our Art Council, we carry out national and local competitions and initiatives, so children’s work can be seen in the local community. These include artwork of Solihull Fairtrade trail and LoveSolihull Climate Change competition.


For more information about our Art curriculum, click on the documents below.


Curriculum map

Progression of skills

Gold Artsmark Award

We are delighted to announce that Sharmans Cross have been awarded a prestigious Artsmark Gold Award. Artsmark is Arts Council England’s award for schools and education settings that embrace the arts across the curriculum, bringing them to life for children and young people. Over the last two years, Sharmans Cross has been working hard to develop the arts and cultural provision and embed a broad and balanced curriculum.


We submitted a Statement of Commitment and a Statement of Impact to the Arts Council, which were assessed and the following comments were made about our submissions:

'On your second Artsmark journey, Sharmans Cross Junior School has restored provision for the arts to pre-pandemic levels and further strengthened your offer. You offer a wide range of arts experiences to your pupils, including specialist drama and dance workshops, engagement in national arts events and celebrations, and trips to museums and theatres. Your pupils have opportunities to display their talents through performances and through your bi-annual art exhibitions. Your link with Solihull School has seen you using their facilities and benefiting from the expertise of their specialist staff, leading to performances in music and dance. You have reviewed and revised your curriculum to increase the cultural diversity of artists and musicians studied. You have also attended to the inclusiveness of your arts, making adaptations to support SEND and ASD pupils, and offering Art therapy to vulnerable pupils. You have developed your transition arrangements for pupils entering and leaving the school, linking strongly to feeder secondary school staff. Well organised internal CPD from subject leads has enhanced the confidence of staff.'



V.E. Day artwork 'Piece for Peace' project