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Art and Design


We aim to engage, inspire and challenge pupils by equipping them with the knowledge and skills to experiment, invent and create their own works of art, craft and design. As pupils progress, they will be able to think critically and develop a more rigorous understanding of art and design and begin to appreciate how art and design both reflect and shape our history, and contribute to the culture, creativity and wealth of our nation.


Each year, the children study two units, each linked to a particular artist, style, medium or discipline within the field of art, craft and design. They also learn about the life and works of a great artist, to develop a wider knowledge and appreciation of art and culture. Discrete lessons are delivered with learning blocked to allow for clear progression in the acquisition of knowledge and the development of skills.

Sketchbooks are used continually through each year, allowing children the freedom to experiment whilst practising the skills they have been taught. At the end of each unit, children apply the knowledge and skills they have acquired and developed during this unit in an independent piece of artwork.


The impact for all St Joseph’s pupils, including disadvantaged pupils and pupils with SEND, is that they:

  • can confidently recall key knowledge about the artist, style, medium or discipline they have
  • can confidently apply knowledge and skills in independent pieces of artwork
  • continue to develop an appreciation of art and its relation to history and culture


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