Art and DT promote creativity and imagination in pupils, skills which are valued and transferable to all other areas of the curriculum. The practical exploration within art builds confidence, develops new skills as well as enhances existing skills.

At St James’ CE Primary School, children learn a progression of Art and DT skills through the different year groups that are linked with their topics. We aim to give the children a variety of enriched experiences where they study a range of artists and styles from different cultures, experiment with different materials and techniques as well as bring their ideas into reality by constructing their pieces of art. They are taught to plan, design, complete and evaluate their work and the work of others.

We aim to teach children the following:

  • Pattern and texture in natural and made forms.
  • Colour matching and colour mixing.
  • How images are made using line and tone.
  • The use of shape, form and space in images and artefacts.
  • How to develop, plan and communicate ideas.
  • Work with tools, equipment, materials and components.
  • Evaluate processes and product.
  • Investigate artists and significant figures in creative design.

A foundation and key stage 1 pupil…

  • Explores colour and how colours can be changed.
  • Understands that they can use lines to enclose a space, and then begin to use these shapes to represent objects.
  • Begins to be interested in and describe the texture of things.
  • Uses various construction materials.
  • Begins to construct, stacking blocks vertically and horizontally, making enclosures and creating spaces.
  • Joins construction pieces together to build and balance.
  • Realises tools can be used for a purpose.
  • Uses drawing, painting and sculpture to share ideas, experiences and imagination.
  • Develops techniques in using colour, pattern, texture, line, shape, form and space using clay and printing to a large scale and in 3D.
  • Finds out about the work of a range of artists, craftsmen and designers, describing the differences and similarities between different practices and disciplines and making links to their own work.

A key stage 2 pupil also…

  • Creates sketchbooks to record their observations and use them to review and revisit ideas, and collect visual materials to help them to develop their ideas
  • Improves their mastery of techniques such as drawing, painting and sculpture with materials (e.g. pencil, charcoal, paint and clay).
  • Learns about the greatest artists, architects and designers in history and understands their impact.