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At St. John's CE Primary School, our Art & Design curriculum meets the national curriculum's statutory needs and is designed to meet the needs of all our children at St. John's. Art and design is valued as an important part of children's entitlement to a broad and balanced curriculum at St. John's, and is planned to continually build upon disciplinary and substantive knowledge. We provide opportunities for our children to express their own thoughts and ideas.

At St. John's, we encourage our children to be inspired by the work of culturally diverse, great artists from the past and the present, both local and from further afield, as well as inspiring designers and architects.

We strive to ensure that pupils understand that everyone can be an artist in their own right and take pride in, and value, their creativity.


At St. John's CE School, we follow this sequence of learning throughout each Art & Design topic:


Sketch books are an important tool for our children to record their observations and use them to review and revisit ideas, especially in Key Stage 2. Teaching and learning of Art and Design will take account of the children's previous learning and their experiences. Evidence of this will be in their sketch book, which will go through the school with the child to enable them to reflect on their creative journey and the disciplinary knowledge explored.


In Reception, we begin teaching our children art through developing their disciplinary and substantive knowledge as described in the EYFS curriculum area of ‘Expressive Arts and Design’  by providing opportunities for children to explore and develop mark making and colour mixing with a range of media and through the modelling of drawing and painting.


Disciplinary Knowledge



Explicit Target Vocabulary



Artists to Study



Art & Design National Curriculum






Here is some of the amazing art our children are producing!

Year 1's Abstract Art!

We enjoyed learning about drawing lines and shapes, and being able to design our own abstract art by overlapping them.



Year 2's Animal Drawings!

We focused on the outline and the pattern of animals to create these beautiful silhouette drawings.



Year 3's Proportion Drawings!

We learned how to use proportions correctly when drawing a human face. We used different pencil grades and charcoal to smudge and shade to show light and shadows.



Year 4's Still Life Drawings!

We learned about still life arrangements and practised drawing outlines of objects with the correct proportions and in the correct positions. We used crosshatching as a technique to shade our objects.



Year 5's Fashion Designer Art!

We learned how to draw the human body to the correct proportions. We also practised our disciplinary knowledge of shading and tone to create realistic textures.

We then designed our own set of clothes using our research for inspiration.



Year 6's Architecture Artwork!

We researched great architects, including Sir Giles Gilbert Scott, who designed the Liverpool Anglican Cathedral. We were inspired by different styles of architecture which enabled us to create detailed and accurate architectural drawings of our own cathedral design.




Year 3's Earthy Colour Mixing!

We learned how to use primary and secondary colours to mis earthy colours. We practiced mixing Yellow Ochre, Burnt Sienna, Raw Sienna, Burnt Umber, Raw Umber and Van Dyke Brown.





Here is some amazing artwork from previous years:


Year 6's Clay Sculpture work - Ancient Greek Theatre Masks

Year 6's Wassily Kandinsky Art Inspired By Music





Reception's Self Portraits





Year 4's Paul Cezanne Inspired Still Life





Year 2's Aboriginal Art




Year 1's Self-Portraits Inspired By Various Artists





The Big Frieze

Katie Weymouth is a local artist and book illustrator commissioned by the school to work with our key stage 2 children to design and create our version of Emma Yarlett’s Big Frieze.  




The Big Frieze illustrates the timeline of the Bible. It shows the 7 concepts or important issues in the Bible's big story.



1. Creation - God created the world and everything in it - trees, flowers, animals, birds, fish, humans.


2. The Fall - Humans (Adam & Eve) broke God's rules and ate the fruit God told them not to.


3. People of God (x2) - Throughout the Old Testament, God always had his special people who told others to turn back to God.


4. Incarnation - God became man. Jesus was born into this world, which is the nativity story we remember at Christmas.


5. Gospel - Jesus did many wonderful things; miracles to prove he was God, healed people and cared for them. He taught us how we should live and the importance of turning back to God.


6. Salvation - Jesus died on the cross as a sacrifice in the place of his people. He rose again, alive. This is the event we remember at Easter.


7. Kingdom of God -  God's people can enjoy his heaven and be in this perfect place with him forever.