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Art and Design

The Curriculum Intent for Art can be summarised in these ways:

  • A learner-centered teaching approach. Use of DRICE to ensure learners deepen thinking, learning is role modelled appropriately, pupils are challenged and engaged.
  • Using the Building Learning Power approach, our pupils will explore opportunities to question their likes and dislikes of art, revise their own artwork and persevere  to create our own masterpieces. 
  • Discussion and talk to develop thinking. Children encouraged to communicate fluently in both a visual and tactile form.
  • Use of ICT and visual aids to explore and invent marks, developing and deconstructing ideas.
  • Communicate perceptively and powerfully through purposeful drawing in 2D, 3D or via digital media.
  • Develop the ability to draw confidently and adventurously from observation, memory and imagination.
  • Emphasis on facts and vocabulary as a means of building an impressive subject knowledge and understanding of a range of  artists, craft makers and designers.
  • Encourage children to think and act like creative practitioners using their knowledge and understanding to inform, inspire and interpret ideas, observations and feelings.
  • Promote independence, initiative and originality which can be used to develop creativity.
  • Use of a range of materials, giving opportunities to skillfully and inventively explore processes and techniques.
  • Encourage the ability to reflect, analyse and critically evaluate own work and work of others.
  • Links with the community to develop a passion and commitment to art.
  • Art is taught within topics (not exclusively) and closely linked to the focus of topics.


At St James' children are given the opportunity to use a range of materials to draw, paint and create sculptures. This is done through Kapow scheme of learning as well as relevant topic link approach, with children also being able to use their own experiences, ideas and imagination. They will develop their own techniques in using colour, pattern, texture, line, shape and space. They will look at and evaluate the work of artists, craft-makers and designers, and may use this to influence their own work.

Each half term children will explore a different artist covering a range of styles and periods of time. 

Our Art Subject Leader is Mrs Joanne Cocksedge.