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Art at St. James’ Junior School


Art is about encouraging children to produce creative work by exploring their ideas and recording their experiences.  It is an opportunity to learn about great artists, craft makers and designers, and understand the historical and cultural development of their art forms.


It gives children the opportunity to be creative and use their imagination. It provides visual, tactile and sensory experiences and a special way of understanding and responding to the world. It enables children to communicate what they see, feel and think using colour, texture, form, pattern and different materials and processes.


Without it they would not become involved in shaping their environments through art and design activities nor would they be able to show their appreciation and enjoyment of the visual arts and how they enrich all our lives.


It feeds into our curriculum intent by children using sketchbooks to record their observations and using them to review and revisit ideas.  They are used for sketching, collecting artists work, planning, evaluating, detailed studies, trying out and recording thoughts.  Sketchbooks follow the children through school providing the children with the opportunity to observe their own progress and celebrate their successes.


Our curriculum ensures that our children:


  • Record from first-hand experience and their imagination then select their own ideas to use in their work.
  • Develop creativity and imagination through a range of complex activities.
  • Improve their ability to control materials, tools and techniques.
  • Increase their critical awareness of the roles and purposes of art in different times and cultures.
  • Develop increasing confidence in the use of visual and tactile elements and materials.
  • Foster an enjoyment and appreciation of the visual arts and a knowledge of artists, craftspeople and designers.


In addition, children are provided with opportunities to work with artists in the community; visit local museums and galleries; and are encouraged to enter school, local and national art competitions.

As the children progress through the school, they develop their drawing, painting and sculpture skills. This is done by observing famous artist’s work for inspiration and using different mediums and techniques for example graded pencils in drawing, watercolours in painting and Plaster of Paris in sculpture. Digital media is incorporated into the Art curriculum too.  The Art curriculum is usually alternated with the Design Technology curriculum each half term.  The children are taught three block units of Art per year.


Please click on the link below to view our curriculum progression grid for Art, detailing how our children progress through knowledge and skills from Year 3 to Year 6.

Useful websites

Inside Art
A game, which explores a painting from the inside out. You 'escape' from the painting after answering ' Who? / What? / Where? / How? ' questions.
Show Me
This site is packed with games and resources generated by the UK's museum, gallery and heritage sector. There is a section designed to help teacher?s access relevant content quickly and easily.
A. Pintura: A Art Detective
Become a detective and identify the artist of a mystery painting. Teaches the concepts of composition, style and subject needed to solve the puzzle.
Cartoon Critters
Offers dozens of cartoons to print and colour, and colouring books with pictures that you can colour online. Also includes graphic step-by-step instructions on how to draw cartoons, online games you can play, and crafts.
Art Attack
Lots of ideas for fabulous artwork all with step-by-step instructions. You can send in your pictures to this CITV site. Great for teachers who need inspiration.

Access Art
The resources on this site are targeted at different age ranges from four to adult, for use in schools, at home and the wider community. Subject areas include sculpture, colour, installation art, drawing, photography and visual literacy.

You can experiment here with space and colour in accordance with the theories of Piet Mondrian.

National Gallery Online
Take one picture competition and exhibition.

Gives information about historical art work. this explores classical music for children. It has a tune of the week with some information about it. It also allows children to explore composers, play music game and explore different periods of musical history. Give information about musical instruments in their groups and introduces the children to the orchestra. explore early musical instruments and how these have developed over time. explores world music and instruments. BBC bitesize guide to music and musical terminology. exploring the orchestra and listen to orchestra playing music. general information about musical instruments, genres and how to read notation