Art and Design at Saint John Southworth RC Primary School



The appreciation and enjoyment of the visual arts enriches all our lives. 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 forms.  

As part of the broad and balance curriculum offered at St John Southworth our art and design curriculum will engage, inspire and challenge our children, equipping them with the knowledge and skills to experiment, invent and create their own works of art. While largely a practical subject, our objective is that art will also provide the children with opportunities for reflection and, as they progress, they will learn to think critically and develop a comprehensive understanding of art. They will learn to make informed and sensitive responses to their own work and that of others. We aim for children to be able to use art as another means of expressing their ideas and feelings as well as to be inspired to become the architects, graphic designers, fashion designers, illustrators, artists, curators and printmakers of the future. 



At St John Southworth Primary School, we provide opportunities for art and design learning both inside and outside the classroom. We are fortunate to have a fantastic forest school learning area which provides a perfect setting for outdoor art opportunities encompassing the natural environment.  

The skills and knowledge that children will develop are mapped across each year group and throughout the school to ensure progression. We will ensure that children understand the context of the artwork, and that they develop a knowledge of individual artists as well as individual works and art movements. A similar focus on skills means that children are given opportunities to express their creative imagination, as well as practise and develop mastery in the key processes of art: drawing, painting, printing, collage and sculpture. Evidence of their work is collecting in a sketchbook, which will follow the children through school. 



By the end of each Key Stage, all children can apply and understand the skills, knowledge and processes they have been taught so that they are proficient in drawing, painting, sculpture and other art, craft, and design techniques. 

Teachers use summative assessments to record the progress and attainment against the National Curriculum expectations. This information is used to inform future lessons; ensuring children are always supported and challenged appropriately. Assessment is child centred which involves a conversation with, not done to the child.  

Most importantly, children will leave St John Southworth knowing that it is okay to make mistakes along their journey, they will think for themselves and be critical about their own and other’s work- knowing how they can improve it or knowing when to stop if they are satisfied with their creative work. 



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