St Joseph's School - A Catholic Voluntary Academy


3 I's Statement and Subject Progression Documents

Our School Definition of Art:

Products created with imagination and skill

Intent Statement - Art and Design

At St Joseph’s we are artists, we want our children to develop a love for art, craft and design! We want them to have boundless limits to what their ambitions are and to grow up wanting to become book illustrators, costume designers, conservators, curators, architects or web designers. Our Art curriculum is designed to engage, encourage and challenge pupils, whilst providing them with the knowledge and skills to be able to experiment, design and create their own works of art. Through the Commando Joe curriculum, we link artists to our topic themes and cover the objectives of the National Curriculum thoroughly at each key stage as can be seen below on our subject progression tracking document below. 


As our pupils progress, they will gain a greater understanding of how Art and Design reflects and shapes our culture and our history, and how it contributes to the creativity and wealth of our vast and ever changing world. At St Joseph’s we will provide our children with not only the minimum statutory requirements of the Art and Design National Curriculum but will aid them to be more confident and assertive in the subject of art that this in turn will prepare them for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences that they will experience in later life. We want our children to use their local area as a base to explore their environment and engage with, in addition to being able to learn from other cultures from within our community and further afield and to always respect diversity



Implementation Statement - Art and Design

 At St Joseph’s, Art is embedded from the early years through to Year 6.

  • Every child is given the opportunity to express their art in various ways using their knowledge through teaching. Key vocabulary is reinforced and becomes familiar to our children as they progress through school.
  • Each child has their own art book. We give the child ownership of their art book in order to foster their sense of individuality and creativity. Children use their art books to make their initial sketches and ideas as well as developing different art skills.
  • Throughout their St Joseph’s journey, every child is given the opportunity to learn the skills of drawing, painting, collage, clay sculptures as well as digital art through the exploration of an initial key artist, craft maker or designer and their work
  • Taking part in in-depth class discussion, the pupils can explore how their art can share their mutual understanding with famous art from around the world and use key vocabulary to discuss artworks including their own art creations.
  • Our pupils share their opinions, in effect becoming art critics and through informed discussions and observations talk about what will improve their own practical work.
  • Cross-curricular links allow all our children to deepen their understanding across the curriculum, including the use of technology, in addition to the artworks from year group specific historical, geographical and scientific contexts.
  • Opportunities are welcomed and encouraged for children to visit local art galleries and museums are planned for, as well as visits from the local community artists. Please see our curriculum portfolio for further information.
  • Teachers follow a clear progression of skills, using the Rainbow Continuum, which ensures all pupils are challenged in line with their year group expectations and are given the opportunity to build on their prior knowledge.


Impact Statement - Art and Design 

The impact of the art curriculum will in turn lead to outstanding progress over time across the school which will be relative to a child’s individual starting point and their progression of skills. Children will therefore be expected to leave St Joseph’s reaching at least age-related expectations for Art and Design. Our Art and Design curriculum will also lead pupils to have a passion for Art and Design. This will be evidenced in a range of ways, including pupil voice, their final creations and their art books. We will ensure that children who are achieving well, in addition to those who require additional support, are identified, and that as a school additional provision and different strategies are planned in and discussed with each class teacher. Achievements are celebrated in classrooms as well as during celebration assembly and in the school corridor displays. As a school, we aim to develop our future artists and their appreciation of the art around them.

Please see the Subject Progression Document for Art below...