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Curriculum Intent

The curriculum at James Bateman is rich in knowledge.

James Bateman Middle School provides opportunities for all our pupils through our curriculum and wider educational opportunities. Our intent is to ensure that all pupils make outstanding progress and that our curriculum will remove any barriers that may affect their learning.

Subject-specifically, the curriculum is built around a progression model that ensures pupils incrementally gain deep knowledge and skills that are fundamental to each subject. Purposeful assessment is integral to the curriculum to ensure knowledge is fully embedded and highlights areas for development.

Throughout the curriculum there is a strong emphasis on developing;

  • a ‘love of learning’.
  • readiness, resilience and respectfulness: the skills required to be a productive member a diverse 21st century society
  • an understanding of ‘British Values’ and the implications for life in modern day Britain.
  • pupils spiritual, moral, social and cultural learning.
  • independence and enabling pupils to become creative, critical thinkers.
  • an understanding of the importance, through the careers programme, of the opportunities available to pupils once they leave school.

At the heart of the school is the focus on broadening pupils’ cultural horizons to ensure they are able to continue to the next stage of their educational journey.


The Art curriculum at James Bateman ensures all pupils will have the opportunity to develop their skills and confidence through a range of progressive units. The projects incorporate the core elements of art, for example; line, shape, and form.

  • Pupils will also develop an appreciation for the art of other people, cultures and eras.
  • Pupils have produced a mural for the main corridor during lunchtime clubs. Pupils are encouraged to build on their passion for Art in lunch time drop in sessions.
  • Pupils experience cross curricular Art challenges on special events, whenever there is a special themed day, there is always an element of Art.


Ready, resilient, respectful

Our Art department actively encourages pupils of all abilities to participate in art and fulfil their potential to design, experiment, create and produce work of the highest standard, which can be seen through our fabulous displays of work around school and shared via our school social media. Academic ability is no boundary where art is concerned; only a fervent imagination and a resilient willingness to try is required.

Evidence of knowledge/skills

Assessment is conducted throughout the various units, with regular questioning and recall for every pupil to participate in. Mini quizzes are frequently delivered to assess recall of key knowledge from the knowledge organisers and key artistic skills are recorded in sketch books to engage pupils in self and peer assessment opportunities.

Student voice

Students will demonstrate a positive attitude towards learning in Art.  They will demonstrate their understanding during review and retrieval opportunities in lessons.  Pupils engage in independent practice, guided with relevant scaffolding and challenges for various abilities.

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