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St Clement's and St John's

CofE Infant School

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Art and Design


At St Clement’s & St John’s Infant School, our vision is for every child to have confidence, compassion, creativity and curiosity in all areas of their learning, particularly in Art. We believe in every child becoming successful learners and leaders with a passion for being creative, and the ability to think innovatively in all areas of their life.  Consequently, we strive to inspire a curiosity within our pupils to explore different media and art concepts, enabling them to express their own ideas, thoughts and experiences. We want our children to develop a love and appreciation of art in all its forms.


We aim to fulfil the requirements of the National Curriculum for Art; providing a broad curriculum whilst ensuring the progressive development of artistic concepts, knowledge and skills. We believe that our teaching should equip pupils with the skills to use a range of materials creatively to design and make products; to use a variety of media and techniques to develop their ideas, experiences and imagination and make links between their own work and that of a range of artists (The 2014 National Curriculum in England).


The aim of teaching Art at our school is:

  • To develop pupils’ confidence to explore and experiment with their own ideas, experiences and imagination using the skills and techniques they have been taught.
  • To develop a compassion and appreciation for the artistic work of others and an awareness, curiosity and respect for different practices and disciplines.
  • To inspire pupils’ curiosity to discover more about different art forms, artists, craft-makers and designers and what they themselves are able to create. We believe that children should have opportunities to ask questions and make links, enabling and inspiring them to cultivate their own ideas.
  • To inspire all children to nurture and develop their creative ability and potential through exciting topics, independent and collaborative learning opportunities and other stimulating experiences.


At St Clement’s & St John’s Infant School, the Early Years Framework and the National Curriculum is at the core of our Art curriculum.


Our curriculum is designed upon a base of skills, techniques and knowledge that we want the children to learn, explore and demonstrate and is taught in a progressive manner throughout the whole school.


To ensure high standards of teaching and learning, teachers plan lessons from this progression document and deliver them through topics, which we select to excite and motivate our children.


We aim for all children to achieve age-related expectations in Art at the end of KS1 and for all children to be able to produce proficient creative work, drawing upon their skills and experience and demonstrating their understanding of different art forms and media.


The outcomes of the teaching of Art across the school can be seen within the children’s topic books, on displays around the school and are evidenced within the Subject Leader’s file. The assessment of Art in KS1 is ongoing. The teachers regularly assess the children’ progress and understanding through pupil discussions which focus on the child’s ability to: generate ideas, make the desired product, evaluate the product and demonstrate a knowledge and understanding of what they have created and why.  This information then informs the teachers with their planning, lesson activities and with differentiation.