Art and Design

At St. James’, we all love our art from Nursery to year 6 and take great pride in the work we produce. We often work as a whole school to produce “big art”, such as Holy Week activities, Remembrance Day and even bringing Lord Sheldon to life!

Art and Design Policy


1. To use the programmes of study of the National Curriculum for art to underpin teaching and learning:

2. To enable pupils to produce creative work, exploring their ideas and recording their experiences

3. To help pupils become proficient in drawing, painting, sculpture and other art, craft and design techniques

4. To teach pupils how to evaluate and analyse creative works using the language of art, craft and design

5. To ensure that pupils know about great artists, craft makers and designers, and understand the historical and cultural development of their art forms.

6. To use the wider subjects of the curriculum e.g. English, mathematics, geography, history, science to provide stimulus and starting points for art and design.


1. Pupils will be taught to use a range of materials creatively to design and make products

2. Children will learn how to use drawing, painting and sculpture to develop and share their ideas, experiences and imagination

3. Pupils will be taught how to develop a wide range of art and design techniques in using colour, pattern, texture, line, shape, form and space

4. Pupils will be taught to develop their techniques, including their control and their use of materials, with creativity, experimentation and an increasing awareness of different kinds of art, craft and design.

5. Pupils will create sketch books to record their observations and use them to review and revisit ideas

6. All children will be encouraged and shown how to improve their mastery of art and design techniques, including drawing, painting and sculpture with a range of materials [for example, pencil, charcoal, paint, clay]

7. All will learn about the work of a range of artists, craft makers and designers, describing the differences and similarities between different practices and disciplines, and making links to their own work