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At St. John’s, our aim is to give children the skills and knowledge to remain an artist as they grow up.


Throughout our school, children will explore and develop their skills and creativity using a wide range of media and being exposed to a range of artists and artistic styles.

We value the use of sketch books to document the process of learning. Children will analyse real artist's work to find out how art can be created and to express their own opinions. They will practise a wide variety of skills using different media, then plan and develop their own pieces of art work, being able to use those skills they have learned and practised.


We aim to foster a positive attitude to art while giving pupils success, pleasure, enjoyment and confidence in their work. We hope to develop a broad understanding of the meaning, significance and contribution of art, craft and design and an appreciation of the aesthetic qualities of life, whilst ensuring that pupils have access to opportunities provided by the National Curriculum programme of study. 

The aims of art taken from the 2014 National Curriculum are to ensure that all pupils:

  • produce creative work, exploring their ideas and recording their experiences.
  • become proficient in drawing, painting, sculpture and other art, craft and design techniques.
  • evaluate and analyse creative works using the language of art, craft and design.
  • know about great artists, craft makers and designers, and understand the historical and cultural development of their art forms.


Progression of Skills





The Big Frieze

Katie Morrison is a local artist and book illustrator commissioned by the school to work with us to design and create our version of Emma Yarlett’s Big Frieze. Many of our children contributed to this big piece of art work.


We are very proud of our St. John'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) sinned by disobeying God and eating the fruit God told them not to.


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


4. Incarnation - God become 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 how we should live and the importance of turning back to God and living for him.


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


7. Kingdom of God - We can enjoy God’s heaven and be in this perfect place with him forever.





Reception's Self Portraits





Year 6's Wassily Kandinsky Art Inspired By Music





Year 4's Paul Cezanne Inspired Still Life





Year 3's Pencil And Charcoal Observational Drawings





Year 2's Aboriginal Art




Year 1's Self-Portraits Inspired By Various Artists