St John The Baptist Church of England Primary School

Loving Learning, Building Community, Growing in Faith



At St John's we value Art as a necessary element of children's entitlement to a balanced and broad curriculum. Art gives children the opportunities to develop and extend a range of skills, and a chance to express their opinions, interests and ideas. We aim to provide high quality Art education that inspires, engages and challenges pupils, equipping them with the skills and knowledge to imagine, experiment and create their own works of Art. As pupils progress, they should be able to think critically and develop a more rigorous understanding of Art. They should also know how art and design both reflect and shape our history and contribute to the culture, creativity and wealth of our nation through exploration of artists from a range of backgrounds.

Long term Plan and end of year expectations

At St John the Baptist School, we believe that Good Artists...

Our Whole School Class Canvas Project


In the Early Years, there is continuous provision of art and design opportunities: these activities make important contributions to children’s development in the areas of Expressive Arts and Design and Communication and Language. They are also important in children’s Personal,Social and Emotional development. Art is covered in art lessons, continuous provision and as a means of communication and learning in other curriculum areas.

This term in Art lessons, the children will be learning paper techniques; folding, crimping, cutting, quilling, rolling and making holes. They will also learn about joining and fixing techniques using; glue, tape, string, staples, tabs and flaps.

Year 1

This term year 1 are exploring 3 of the formal elements of art; shape, line and colour. The children will mix and paint with secondary colours; use circles to create abstract compositions and work collaboratively to create a class piece inspired by water.

Year 2

This term the children in Year 2 are exploring the formal elements of art; pattern, texture and tone. The children will create printed patterns using everyday objects; taking rubbings using different media and learning how to make their drawings three dimensional.

Year 3

This term Year 3 are exploring two of the formal elements of art; shape and tone. The children will find shapes in everyday objects;use shapes as guidelines to draw accurately from observation; create form and shape using wire and practice shading neatly and from light to dark.

Year 4

This term Year 4 are exploring two of the formal elements of Art; texture and pattern. The children will develop a range of mark-making techniques, make and use their own textured stamps for printing; draw a ‘flip’ pattern and recreate a famous and ancient geometric pattern.

Year 5

This term in Year 5, the children will learn how to draw from observation, create a print and draw from different perspectives. They will learn about the role of an architect and will be challenged to consider why houses look the way they do and if there is scope to change and improve them.

Year 6

This term in Year 6, the children will be exploring Art with a message. The children will look at the famous ‘Guernica’ by Picasso and the confronting works of Kathe Kollwitz and through the mediums of graffiti, drawing, painting and sculpture, pupils will create their own artworks that speak to the viewer.