“I found that attending the University of Law has helped widen my knowledge on the potential opportunities that universities have for each student," Aleyna, Year 12. Read a report on our Year 12 trip to see the University of Kent today.


Year 9 exploring questions of Equality and Diversity


Year 7’s long walk back to the academy from Lesnes Abbey


Two of our Year 7 students found a display they made in primary school at Greenwich Maritime!


Future Sea Captains from Year 7 trying out their skills in the ship simulator at the National Maritime Museum


One of our Year 7 students preparing to set sail on our Character and Mindfulness Day trip to Greenwich Maritime - Cutty Sark


Vital education for Year 8 on Sexual Harassment on Character and Mindfulness Day


Year 8 exploring careers options with Unifrog on Character and Mindfulness Day


Year 7 exploring local history at Lesnes Abbey on Character and Mindfulness Day


Our Year 9 students exploring Space and Flight at the Science Museum for Character and Mindfulness Day


Aspiring lawyer Qesser, Year 12, exploring the purpose-built court during a visit to the Univeristy of Kent today.


Students in Year 12 on a visit to The University of Kent


Some of our Year 9 coding projects for our third Character and Mindfulness Day


Congratulations to siblings Robiat and Muhammad for both reaching Reward Level 2 - an achievement to be proud of! We pride ourselves on all the academic and social successes of our students – and these siblings embody both.


Sixth Formers Javier, Ola, Lydia, Daniella, Alfie and Esther with a cheque for £250, raised by selling Christmas candy canes for the ocean conservation charity, . Great work!


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Our head student, Daniella, and Ola (head student of the future??!) sell candy canes to raise money for the ocean conservation charity, , (and some pizza for their Christmas party)


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Excellent blog from on the Mayor's Climate Kick-Start tree planting project at Academy


Amazing turnout for Year 7 and 8 girls football today. Lots of talent on show and some unbelievable moments! It was great to see everyone playing with a smile, while still being very competitive. Congratulations to Enterprise and Creative Voice who came out on top.


Good turnout today for the Year 7 & 8 Boys' inter-hub competition. There was lots of intense games and quality on show today. Congratulations to Enterprise who came out on top today!

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Beautifully designed objects, fashion, buildings, cars, films, illustrations, photographs and ideas surround us. It is easy to forget that artists have carefully considered, developed and realised their creation.

Through contextual studies, students will explore historical, social, cultural, moral and political aspects of Art. We believe that Art provides an opportunity to develop expression, creativity, confidence and self-esteem.  Students are encouraged to take creative risks through experimentation with a diverse range of materials, techniques and processes.

Students learn how to solve problems creatively and how to reflect on and analyse their own and others’ work developing critical thinking skills.

For further details about the Art curriculum please contact David Rose

Full details of the intent, implementation and impact of our Art curriculum are contained in our curriculum plans, downloadable from the bottom of the page.

View/download medium term plans for all subjects. These are up to date as of 1st September 2021. Plans will be refreshed every term.

You can also download Knowledge Organisers for each year group from our Knowledge Organisers page.

Primary Curriculum - Art

Every child is an artist.” Pablo Picasso

Art and Design at Harris Garrard aims to engage, inspire and challenge children to equip them with the knowledge and skills to experiment, imagine and produce works of art.  

Our art provision is underpinned by several key concepts: 

  • Creativity 
  • Competence 
  • Cultural understanding  
  • Critical understanding 

At Harris Garrard, we see art as a platform through which pupils can explore visual, tactile and other sensory experiences to communicate ideas and meanings. It is this self-directed nature of teaching and learning in art which provides pupils with a sense of independence in our art lessons. We strongly believe that experimentation, innovation and risk should be encouraged, but that every piece of artwork and experimentation should be reflected on and be built on a foundation of both theoretical and practical knowledge. 

Throughout our provision of Art and Design, our pupils learn to appreciate and value images and artefacts across different eras and cultures and to understand the contexts in which they were made. This more theoretical understanding will feed into their making; their ideas will become more complex and well thought out, linking to more diverse meanings and ideas behind the art works. It is this balance between the development of practical skills and theoretical engagement which we believe will produce well-rounded artists who have a profound engagement with art and other artists. 

We aim to provide a systematic and progressive development of practical skills through the exploration of different techniques and materials like charcoal drawing, screen printing and clay sculpture which underpin the students’ theoretical and critical understanding of art. 

Mrs Fisher Primary Art Lead


Art and Design helps students with a wide range of future career options including:

  • Graphic designer
  • Artist
  • Photographer
  • Fashion designer
  • Computer animator
  • Architect
  • Interior designer
  • Product designer
  • Jewelry designer
  • Website designer
  • Comic book artist
  • Gallery curator
  • Illustrator

Find out more about the careers programme at Harris Garrard Academy.