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The Arts at SJI

At St. James', we pride ourselves on offering a broad and balanced curriculum and the children have lots of opportunities to develop their creative skills.

We follow the National Curriculum for the Arts, as outlined below, and across each academic year, we have focus days/weeks on each of the areas. For example, our recent music week focusing on the work of John Williams and our Lowry Day where we created a school gallery displaying our work in the style of Lowry (see website gallery for photographs).


The National Curriculum:


Pupils should be taught:

to use a range of materials creatively to design and make products

to use drawing, painting and sculpture to develop and share their ideas, experiences and imagination

to develop a wide range of art and design techniques in using colour, pattern, texture, line, shape, form and space

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.


Design and Technology

When designing and making, pupils should be taught to:


design purposeful, functional, appealing products for themselves and other users based on design criteria

generate, develop, model and communicate their ideas through talking, drawing, templates, mock-ups and, where appropriate, information and communication technology


select from and use a range of tools and equipment to perform practical tasks [for example, cutting, shaping, joining and finishing]

select from and use a wide range of materials and components, including construction materials, textiles and ingredients, according to their characteristics


explore and evaluate a range of existing products

evaluate their ideas and products against design criteria

Technical knowledge

build structures, exploring how they can be made stronger, stiffer and more stable

explore and use mechanisms [for example, levers, sliders, wheels and axles], in their products.


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