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Art and Design

At St James C of E Academy, we have a varied and rich art curriculum aimed to engage, inspire and challenge pupils. Children discover a wide range of different artists and explore their techniques and styles through study and experimentation across the key stage. At St James we aim to ensure children become proficient in drawing, painting, sculpture and other art, craft and design techniques. Through design and technology, pupils use creativity and imagination to understand and develop the skills needed to engage in an iterative process of designing and making. They develop the skills of evaluating and analysing in order to produce creative works.

Art and design is entwined into our curriculum through our topic based approach.


In year 3 children are able to explore artists such as Andy Goldsworthy, linked to symmetry in maths and our English work on Robin Hood. Children are able to experiment practically during a Den Day experience. When discovering more about health and nutrition in the Summer term, children design and create their own smoothies.


In year 4, children have the opportunity to make Roman mosaics during their topic on the Romans linked to maths work on symmetry. They are able to make a rainforest diorama during their rainforests project and lastly, they explore a wide range of European artists and their techniques during their Passport to Europe topic.


In year 5, children explore art and design processes through their topic on the Tudors. They are able to research, design, create and evaluate their own Tudor houses as a group. They also study and create portraits from the Tudor period. During their topic on North America, children have the opportunity to create their own American cookies. This involves tasting and analysing existing products and making and evaluating their own too.


In year 6, children explore and study Pop Art and the work of Andy Warhol. They also have the chance to observe sculptures and use them as inspiration for their own gargoyles.