St James

Art and Design

What do we want to achieve?

What do we want to achieve?

At St.James’ CofE Primary School, we value Art and Design as an important part of the children’s entitlement to a broad and balanced curriculum. Art and Design provides the children with the opportunities to develop and extend skills and an opportunity to express their individual interests, thought and ideas.

Art, craft and design embody some of the highest forms of human creativity. A high-quality art and design education should engage, inspire and challenge pupils, equipping them with the knowledge and skills to experiment, invent and create their own works of art, craft and design. As pupils progress, they should be able to think critically and develop a more rigorous understanding of art and design. They should also know how art and design both reflect and shape our history, and contribute to the culture, creativity and wealth of our nation.

How do we achieve it?

How do we achieve it?

St.James’ CofE Primary School teach art & design at Key Stage 1 and 2 as a distinct subject. Whilst we appreciate many schools approach art in a project or theme-based manner, our experience is that when art is taught as a distinct subject in a skills-based manner there is clearer progression and the teaching and learning is more rigorous. We do appreciate that art provides an excellent way to enrich the currciulum and link to other curriculum areas. Links to themes or projects are still be made, but from a position of far greater strength and understanding.

By creating a safe and nurturing environment, pupils are encouraged to take creative risks and to learn from the journey, rather than head towards a pre-defined end result


Children complete two core projects each half term.  This may be taught in weekly lessons, or through blocked teaching.  This will be based on the nature of the project.

Art & Design at St.James’  is split into ten subject areas:

Drawing, Sketchbooks, Printmaking, Sculpture, Design, Painting, Craft, Textiles, Multimedia

Basic skills are introduced and then built upon. Skills are revisited and the use of ongoing sketchbook work underpins this process. Children are assessed each term against the outcomes of the national curriculum and against specific skills.

Our staff team believes in fostering an open-ended exploration of creativity. Our curriculum does not follow prescriptive outcomes, instead we believe the role of the teacher is to introduce key skills, materials and ideas to the pupils in such a way that each pupil can then explore his or her own creativity.

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