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St James’s Catholic Primary School ‘Put out into the deep’



“Every child is an artist”     Pablo Picasso

St James’s does not attempt to define art but it recognises that art is the expression of ideas, thoughts and emotions in a variety of 2 and 3 dimensional media across the 6 main areas of art; drawing, painting, printing, collage, textiles and sculpture and a progression of skills within each of these areas. We focus on each main area per half term to ensure a development of skills across the years. Links, where possible, are also made to our Cornerstones curriculum topics. (See long term overview.)

At Key Stage 1, there is a focus on each of the ‘art elements’: Shape, Colour, Pattern, Space, Form and Texture. This is to introduce these concepts into the children’s vocabulary as they progress into Key Stage 2. From Key Stage 2 onwards, there is a progression in the vocabulary taught though activities which analyse the work of other artists and also through the work that they produce in their sketchbooks and projects.

Drawing skills are taught throughout the year.

As a school we value and are dedicated to the teaching of Art and Design. We see this as a fundamental part of school life. We are committed to providing an arts rich curriculum for our children. We believe by developing this we can contribute to the quality of our children’s lives both within and beyond school. We see Art and Design as a means to support learning in a range of ways. The skills that are developed in this subject can be transferred across the curriculum and thus support learning. We celebrate children’s art through our annual ‘Arts Week’. We have also participated in the national initiative, ‘Take One Picture’ and we enjoy visiting galleries and artists’ workshops.


Through Art, at St James’s we aim to:

  • Enable children to record from first-hand experience and from imagination, and to select their own ideas to use in their work.
  • Develop creativity and imagination through a range of practical activities.
  • Improve the children’s ability to control materials, tools and techniques.
  • Increase their critical awareness of the roles and purposes of art, historically and in different cultures explored in terms of gender, ethnicity and country of origin.
  • Develop confidence and independence in the use of a variety of media and resources.
  • Foster an enjoyment and appreciation of the visual arts and a knowledge of artists, craftspeople and designers.
  • Make links with ICT where possible.

Class teachers are responsible for teaching Art and Design within Early Years. Years 1-6 are taught discreetly by specialist art teachers.