At St John with St Michael CE Primary School, we value Art and Design and the opportunities that it provides for our children to be creative and to express themselves. This is a key part of the children’s entitlement to a broad and balanced curriculum. Our curriculum has been structured to ensure children develop the knowledge and skills needed to be successful artists.

Children will be given a range of experiences including; drawing, painting, printmaking, collage, textiles, photography and 3D. The art curriculum has been structured to support children to be able to think critically and develop a more rigorous understanding of art and design. As children progress through the school, the art curriculum allows them to build upon prior knowledge and skills, giving them opportunities to apply them to a new context. In order to prepare them for their future, art teaching will also support the children to develop key learning behaviours: resilience, risk-taking, resourcefulness, relationships and reflection. We call this the 5 R's of Art!

Through hands on experiences, we aim to create a love of art in which children as artists are inspired by famous artists; have opportunities to develop techniques using a range of mediums and can talk about their work. At St John with St Michael Primary school, we aim for children to leave Year 6 with the knowledge, skills and a love of art which will enable them to be creative individuals as they grow.

At St John with St Michael CE Primary School we are guided by the National Curriculum for Art (2014). 

The National Curriculum for Art and Design aims to ensure that all pupils:  

  • produce creative work, exploring their ideas and recording their experiences
  • become proficient in drawing, painting, sculpture and other art, craft and design techniques
  • evaluate and analyse creative works using the language of art, craft and design
  • know about great artists, craft makers and designers, and understand the historical and cultural development of their art form.

St John with St Michael CE Primary School, Art and Design is a fundamental part of teaching and learning and is taught from EYFS to Year 6.

Children in the Early Years are encouraged to explore and use a range of media and materials whilst also developing their creativity, imagination and critical thinking skills. This is the foundation on which learning is developed throughout the school.

We use the Kapow Art Scheme alongside the National Curriculum to support our planning and teaching of Art and Design in Year 1-6. We have carefully structured this to ensure progression, as our pupils journey through the school. 

Art and Design is taught on a half termly basis which alternates with Design & Technology. 

Our vision is to foster in children a love of Art and develop creativity. Pupil voice is an important part of our assessment, allowing us to continually reflect upon our Arts curriculum and our offer of extra-curricular activities.

Formative assessment is used to move children’s learning forward in Art and to inform next steps. Summative assessments take place on a termly basis and attainment is tracked against National Curriculum expectations. This allows us to inform and address any trends or gaps in attainment.



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