Art and Design
At St. James, we provide high quality opportunities for all of our children to be creative and express themselves. We strive to support children in the development of their own ideas, to help them master techniques and to take inspiration from the ‘greats’. Our children are encouraged to think critically, evaluate and analyse both their work and that of others.
We aim to use Art & Design to stimulate creativity and imagination. Art & Design provides visual, tactile and sensory experiences and a special way of understanding and responding to the world.
Where possible, Art and Design is taught in conjunction with our topic-based curriculum. We have a whole school overview that ensures progression and that all children experience a range of techniques and art styles including: painting, collage, drawing, sculpture, print, textiles and digital media.
Children are assessed against Chris Quigley Skills-based Milestones, which are in line with the expected outcomes of the 2014 National Curriculum. We use teacher assessment and self-assessment to help guide the children in art and design, helping the children to also become reflective about the skills they are developing.
At St James, the children also take part in additional art opportunities throughout the year, such as the Christmas card designs, Brian Hatton Art Competition in conjunction with Hereford College of Arts and the Christmas stamp design competition.
At St James, we want all our children to reflect on their own talents and creativity. They develop an awareness of how art and design has shaped our history and culture, and this enables them to explore the creative side of 'Life in all its fullness' John 10:10.
Termly, we showcase the work we have produced on the playground for parents and carers to see.