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St Joseph's Catholic Primary School

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Art and Design

Art and Design 


At St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School, children will be taught Art and Design in a way that ensures progression of skills, and follows a sequence to build on previous learning. 


Our Art and Design curriculum has been carefully crafted so that our children develop their art skills. We ensure that within each lesson, the children have an opportunity to develop the 4 C’s: Creativity; Critical Thinking; Communication and Collaboration. Our ‘Engage Days’ often have an element of art incorporated into them. Please see our gallery below to see some of our masterpieces. 


We follow a broad and balanced Art and Design curriculum that builds on previous learning and provides both support and challenge for learners. 


Our children enjoy and value Art and Design and know why they are doing things, not just how. Children will understand and appreciate the value of Art and Design in the context of their personal wellbeing and the creative and cultural industries and their many career opportunities.

Art in the Early Years 


The Statutory Framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage separates learning and development into seven areas (three prime areas and four specific areas). The area that relates to art is entitled, ‘expressive arts and design’. Within this document, the following targets relate to the art. 


· Children safely use and explore a variety of materials, tools and techniques. 

· They experiment with colour, design, texture, form and function 

· Children use what they have learnt about media and materials in original ways, thinking about uses and purposes. 

· They represent their own ideas, thoughts and feelings through design and technology, art, music, dance, role-play and stories. 


At St Joseph's, we are big advocates of encouraging and developing art skills in the Early Years though a mixture of adult led sessions and child initiated play. 


Many of our different learning zones afford opportunities for art skills to be developed. These include: junk modelling, the indoor art area (come and visit our gallery), using chalks outdoors and using different medias to create a variety of pictures. 


Children are taught how to safely (and independently) use a variety of skills throughout the year and these skills are built upon in Year 1.

Cross Curriculum Links 



Art is often used to help children to describe places and characters in their mind’s eye, or to depict these aspects from passages they have read. Additionally, the skills that children often develop from reading can also be used to discuss and analyse works of art such as inference and prediction. 



There are many crossovers between the subjects of science and art. Both require observations and analysis. There are also a number of artists who are well known for being scientific innovators such as Da Vinci. 



Apply understanding of fractions and ratios by looking at proportions in art. Create incredible visual representations of number patters in original and creative ways, such as mosaics. 



As creative subjects, Art and Music are often linked. Expressing music visually or creating compositions inspired by works of art can help secure a child’s concept of the different elements of both subjects. 



These subjects have strong links as they both feature design skills including (but not limited to) explaining creative ideas, accurately drawing shapes and considering colour pallets.

St Joseph's Virtual Art Gallery 


Please see a selection of our artwork displayed below. 


Children in Year 5 have been learning how to effectively use tints, tones and shades to create an image with symbolism.


Children in Year 6 created shades and tints using black and white. 


Children in Year 4 created different effects and textures with paint. 


Children in Year 1 used different materials to make masks showing the characters from Goldilocks and The Three Bears. 


Children in Year 2 used layering to create a 3D image. 

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Trust Information

St Joseph's Catholic Primary School is an academy, and part of the Kent Catholic Schools’ Partnership. The Kent Catholic Schools’ Partnership is an exempt charity and a company limited by guarantee registered in England and Wales under company registration number 08176019 at registered address: Barham Court, Teston, Maidstone, Kent, ME18 5BZ. St Simon Stock Catholic School is a business name of Kent Catholic Schools’ Partnership.