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St James

Primary School

Where children shoot for the stars and shine



 (why we teach Art)

At St James Primary School, we value Art and Design as an important part of the children’s entitlement to a broad and balanced curriculum. The intent is to ensure all pupils produce creative, imaginative work. Children have the opportunity to explore their ideas and record their experiences, as well as exploring the work of others and evaluate different creative ideas.  Children will become confident and proficient in a variety of techniques including drawing, painting, sculpting, collage and printing. 


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 well as develop their interest and curiosity. 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.



Our artists will have:

  • detailed visual language skills
  • the ability to explore and invent
  • an impressive knowledge and understanding of other artists, architects and designers
  • the ability to think and act like creative practitioners
  • independence, resilience, intitiative and originality
  • well-developed skills in using materials,processes and techniques
  • the ability to capitalise on the unexpected
  • the ability to reflect, analyse and critically evaluate their own and others work
  • a passion for and a commitment to art



Curriculum / Progress Map







Marvellous Me

Amazing Animals

Fun at the Beach

Year 1


Weather Drawing

Under the Sea

Year 2

Paul Klee

Victorian Art

Vegetable and Fruit Printing

Year 3

Portraits and Backgrounds

Celtic Weaving

Clay Model Building

Year 4

Roman Mosaics


Henri Matisse

Year 5

Flower Painting

California Landscape

William Morris

Year 6

Action Figures

Art from Culture

Art from Africa