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Clayton St. John C of E Primary School

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Art and Design

Art and Design


Welcome to art at the Academy at Clayton St John.

Art has a special place in the curriculum at Clayton St John. We teach drawing skills to the children throughout their time with us so that the children develop the skills needed to represent the world around them in their art work. Pupils build a visual vocabulary through their own work that they can use to describe and discuss the work of artists. They are introduced to a range of artists including some of the ‘old masters’ alongside the work of more modern, contemporary and local artists and crafts people.



Clayton St John’s Art scheme of work aims to inspire pupils and develop their confidence to experiment and invent their own works of art. Our lessons are planned and designed to give our pupils every opportunity to develop their ability, nurture their talents and interests, express their ideas and thoughts about the world, as well as learning about art and artists across cultures and through History. The scheme of work supports pupils to meet national curriculum end of key stage attainment targets and has been written to fully cover the National Society for education in Art and Design’s progression competencies. It will enable pupils to create art work with a real purpose in terms of displaying and sharing the work they create and showcasing the skills and progress they have made.



Our art curriculum provides a clear and comprehensive scheme of work that will show progression of skills across all key stages within the strands of Art. The children are given an opportunity to present their sense of vision through observation, experimentation and illustration. Pupils are encouraged to use their imagination through a variety of artists, a wide variety of media and manipulative skills are developed as well as an awareness of colour, texture, design and dimension. Due the children will have access to key knowledge, language and meanings, they will be able to apply this to their work in Art and across the wider curriculum. There will be, where applicable, links to develop the children’s learning experiences, which could take the form of whole school workshops or be linked to a wider cross curricular project. Regular updates of sketchbook techniques will be demonstrated by the subject leader.


By the end of Y6 we want our pupils to:-

  • Know how to produce creative work; for example by exploring their ideas and recording their experiences.
  • Have become proficient in drawing, painting, sculpture and other art, craft and design techniques.
  • Have the necessary knowledge to be able to analyse creative works using the language of art, craft and design.
  • Know about great artists, crafts people and designers and have knowledge of the historical and cultural development of their art forms.


Christian values, Cultural Capital and Pupil Premium enhancements.

At Clayton St John, we are committed to broadening the horizons and experiences of our pupils. Through our art provision, children have the opportunity to learn about artists and designers, both male and female and coming from a range of backgrounds, including artists from our local area. We aim for our children to develop their understanding of artists and the value of art itself. We want our children to understand this value is not monetary, it is a sense that having this creativity and spirituality makes you a better person.

We provide our children with opportunities that they may not have outside of school. This includes collaboratively with others, meeting artists, visiting galleries and developing hobbies and interests which aids their positive mental health and well-being.

We aim to nurture and celebrate each child’s spirituality and individuality by ensuring we provide opportunities for the children to express themselves as they reflect on the sort of people they are, their morals and consider the people they wish to be in the future, representing this through their own, original pieces of art. Through our use of sketchbooks, we aim for each child to have a place where they can express themselves.


Our Art curriculum aims to make a difference in each pupil’s life through developing resilience as, like many artists, they will have to learn from mistakes and learn to celebrate what they have gained from them. Our children will also be able to develop pride in themselves and their own artwork as it will be valued on displays and on Twitter.


Visits to museums, galleries and places that will inspire the children’s own products are organised to ensure all children develop their sense of belonging and knowledge of the wider world. We strive for each child’s sense of belonging to deepen because feeling that you belong is most important in seeing the value of life and coping with intense emotions. Our curriculum ensures children learn about artists who have faced their own challenges and how they have used these experiences to create something new and positive, just as we hope our children will do in their lives.

Art and Design Skills Progression

Home Learning

Learn drawing skills at home. If you don’t have a lot of paper use the inside of envelopes or the inside of cardboard packaging. Upload your drawings to twitter or bring into school to be celebrated. We can’t wait to see what you can do.   



Local art galleries.