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St John XXIII Catholic Primary School Inspiring Faith in our Future


Intent of our Art Curriculum:


We believe that high-quality Art lessons will inspire children to think innovatively and develop creative procedural understanding.

Our Art curriculum provides children with opportunities to develop their skills using a range of media and materials. Children learn the skills of drawing, painting, printing, collage, textiles, 3D work and digital art and are given the opportunity to explore and evaluate different creative ideas. Children will be introduced to a range of works and develop knowledge of the styles and vocabulary used by famous artists. It is paramount that art work be purposeful; be this as a means of expression or to explore the styles of other artists that inspire our own work. Pupils should be clear what the intended outcomes are and have a means to measure their own work against this.

In Art, children are expected to be reflective and evaluate their work, thinking about how they can make changes and keep improving. This should be meaningful and continuous throughout the process, with evidence of age-related verbal and written refection. Children are encouraged to take risks within a controlled, safe environment. They are given opportunities to experiment and then reflect on why some ideas and techniques are successful or not for a particular project.


The Art Curriculum:


  • We plan using the National Curriculum and the KAPOW scheme.
  • We enhance the curriculum using progression maps, considering where pupils are beginning and ending with their learning.
  • Units are selected to make cross curricular links building on prior knowledge and as hooks into new topics.

Teachers use the long term planning to plan units of work and deliver individual lessons.


By the time children leave St John XXIII, they will have mastered a range of skills that will support their future development. These are –

· To be good communicators – language will be modelled daily to encourage speaking and listening and understand that Art and DT is another form of communication to those around them and how feeling scan be portrayed in different mediums.

· To be enthusiastic, lifelong learners with an interest in Art and DT when they can visualise it in the world around them.

· To understand how to keep themselves safe and be respectful in their communities by using Art and DT to express their feelings in a way that is considerate to their different audiences.

· To develop their God given talents by being creative.

· To be independent, resilient learners who enjoy challenges and can link this learning to their STEAM activities.