Art & Design

Art & Design Curriculum Map 2018-19

Art and Design Technology encompasses skills of creativity, critical thinking and reflection. At St. Joseph’s Roman Catholic Primary School, we invite children to develop and nurture these important life skills through experimenting, inventing and creating art. Children have participated in a number of creative art projects throughout this academic year, such as ‘Shading and Shadows,’ ‘The Stations of the Cross’ and ‘The United Kingdom.’ The teachers at St. Joseph’s ensure creativity at the forefront of these projects to encourage children to use and express their own ideas and bring them to life. 




Art skills and techniques are an important part of each termly art project in our school. Children have opportunities to develop and practise drawing and sketching techniques in each year group, this ranges from mark-making in Early Years and advances to shading and shadows in Key Stage two. Teachers at St. Joseph’s design each year group’s individual programme of study to ensure that children are provided with a balance of two-dimensional and three-dimensional work. Two-dimensional work encompasses painting, pastels, photograph and poly-block printing. Three-dimensional work includes clay work, paper-mache, collage and sculpture.

Children at St. Joseph’s Roman Catholic Primary School have opportunities to reflect upon their own artwork and the artwork of others. Using the elements of art- colour, tone, form, line, shape, space, texture and value, children are encouraged to discuss and evaluate their own and others creations.  Making contextual links is a central component of Art and Design lessons that fosters the use of technical art vocabulary and provides meaningful inspiration. 

Throughout the year, teachers at St. Joseph’s Roman Catholic Primary School look for opportunities to incorporate Art and Design within other curriculum subjects. This provides a balanced and varied learning environment. Power Projects foster links between History, Geography and Science topics and Art and Design. Children have the freedom to choose a particular creative task and use their imagination to apply their learning within Topic and Science in a new context.

Autumn 2017: Shading and Shadows

Our Autumn Term Arts Week was titled ‘Shading and Shadows’; children experimented with light and tone in drawings using charcoal to create detailed sketches of objects. Rosa Roberts, a London based artist from the Victoria and Albert Museum visited St. Joseph’s to work with Year 2 and 3 children. Rosa explored tonal drawings and children learned to show dark shadows and highlights when sketching an object.

Spring 2018: Stations of the Cross

In February 2018, Year 3 children had the opportunity to link their History and Geography Topic, ‘Extreme Survival’ to an Art and Design project based on endangered animals. Children sketched and painted animals from Africa and Asia that are in danger of becoming extinct. They also created 3-dimensional models of these animals to be added to a display. The display was submitted to a global competition, ‘Global Canvas Children’s Art Competition’ at the Natural History Museum.

Our Spring Term Arts Week was based on Religious art and each class was given the responsibility of one of the fourteen Stations of the Cross. Children learned to sketch proportional figures and experimented with different art materials such as oil pastel, paint and mixed media collage. Year 4 and 5 participated in a workshop lead by mosaic artist, Leona Matuszczak where they explored different materials to make mosaics and created individual tiled mosaics to take home. Each class’s artwork was displayed as an exhibition at ‘Our Lady of Willesden’ Church throughout the Easter season; this exhibition encouraged St. Joseph’s children and parents to attend the Easter Masses at our partner Parish.

Summer 2018: United Kingdom

During our summer term Arts Week, the pupils had an opportunity to link their learning in History and Geography with art and design. Each year group explored a well-known landmark in the United Kingdom and a period of British Rule. Each class presented a creative interpretation of their chosen theme and had reflected upon their work at our Summer Fair in July. Alongside this, pupils designed 3D models of a range of UK landmarks which were also displayed at the summer fair. Each class welcomed Francis from ‘Magic Lantern Art’ into their classroom to participate in an Art History session. In these sessions, pupils explored a range of famous pieces of art from the period of British Rule that they were focusing on.