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St John's

Church of England Infant School

A small school with a big heart, a great place to grow.





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Art and Design


At St John’s Church of England Infant School, we believe art allows opportunities for imagination and creativity. We teach from the National Curriculum, delivering a broad and balanced curriculum that ensures progression and development of knowledge and skills, all of which support the children in preparation for opportunities, responsibilities and experiences in later life. Art and Design at our school is inclusive for all children and allows children to respond to the world around them in a range of ways, providing visual, tactile and sensory experiences. At St John’s Church of England Infant School, we want our children to be engaged and inspired, supporting them to immerse themselves in a world of craft and design. The focus is in developing proficiency in painting, drawing, understanding colour and shade, with the overall aim of developing a rigorous understanding, critical awareness and inspiration of art and design. Art contributes to children’s personal development in creativity, independence, judgement and self-reflection. Understanding the visual elements of art and design (texture, colour, pattern, shape, 3D form) will be developed by providing an accessible and engaging curriculum which will enable children to reach their full potential. We want children to learn about a range of artists and designers and aspire them to be ambitious both in their work at our school and in their own lives, both now and in the future.



At St John’s Church of England Infant School, we will achieve this by:

 The children will cover an art topic at least once a term and will also have additional opportunities to engage with art and design activities throughout the school year. We ensure art and design lessons are linked as closely as possible to the topic for the term, to ensure relevance and context. Teaching a predominantly skills-based curriculum, which covers drawing, painting, sculpture, textiles and printing. Re-teaching skills throughout the children’s time in school. Skills are revisited and honed in a spiral curriculum, which progresses in terms of depth and challenge, to build on the children’s previous learning. Ensuring that each child develops their skills and techniques in a way appropriate to them, through clear differentiation and support, active and purposeful experiences, and using a variety of art materials and teaching strategies. Nurturing an enjoyment and appreciation of the visual arts and a knowledge of artists, craftspeople and designers. Introducing children to artists and art movements directly linked to the skills or topics they are covering.   Encouraging each child to evaluate their art and design work and that of others, both with peers and adults. Celebrating effort, progress and achievement in art through displays, exhibitions and enrichment activities, such as trips out and competitions.



Our aims at St John’s Church of England Infant School:

 · To ensure we engage pupils through the topics we teach and allow opportunities for pupils to use creativity and imagination when producing their own designs.

 · As children move through the school, we aim for children to become more confident in their critical thinking, use of skills and knowledge and understanding of using different processes to design, make and evaluate.

 · We want children to know about the history of art and design and how this has contributed to the wealth, culture and creativity of the world we live in today.

· To produce art work and record ideas in imaginative ways.

· To evaluate work using the language of art, craft and design.

 · We want children to have found and enjoyed a creative outlet – a means of self-expression and enjoyment

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