Art and Design at St Anne’s and St Joseph’s

Here at St Anne’s and St Joseph’s we are proud of the teaching and learning that takes place in art and design lessons. We believe that a high-quality art and design education should engage, inspire and challenge pupils, equipping them with the knowledge and skills to experiment, invent and create their own works of art, craft and design. As pupils progress, they should be able to think critically and develop a more rigorous understanding of art and design. They should also know how art and design both reflect and shape our history, and contribute to the culture, creativity and wealth of our nation.

The national curriculum for art and design aims to ensure that all pupils:

produce creative work, exploring their ideas and recording their experiences

become proficient in drawing, painting, sculpture and other art, craft and design techniques

evaluate and analyse creative works using the language of art, craft and design

know about great artists, craft makers and designers, and understand the historical and cultural development of their art forms

Here at SASJ we ensure that all children meet these aims by following a skill-based thematic curriculum.

We look at the 6 areas of Art and Design; Drawing, Colour, Texture, Form, Printing and Pattern and ensure that the skills for these areas progress in intensity as the children move through school.

In EYFS we experiment with mixing colours, looking at different textures and creating models using materials such as clay. We also look at patterns in the natural environment by making rubbings and looking for repeating patterns and symmetry.

As children progress into KS1 the skills progress also. The children start weaving materials, making different tones of colours and they look at repeating patterns and symmetry that are man-made and they make their own patterns also.