Intent At St John & St James’ Primary School we believe that art inspires creativity, imagination and inventiveness and gives our pupils the skills, concepts and knowledge necessary for them to engage and express responses to ideas and experiences. It fires their imagination and is a fundamental means of personal expression. We encourage children to learn from and be inspired by the work of great artists from different cultures and understand the contribution art has made to society, both past and present. As pupils progress, we support them to be able to think critically and develop a more rigorous understanding of art and design. Through art work in the classroom, the children at St John & St James’ have the opportunity to develop their skills in drawing, textiles, sculpture, painting, print making and collage. These areas are developed continuously throughout the school from foundation stage through to year six. We encourage children to express individuality in their work and to keep their own personalised sketch books where they can explore ideas, be inventive and take risks. Children experiment and explore use of colour, texture, form, pattern as well as the use of different materials, techniques and processes. Self and peer evaluation of work is encouraged and children are taught how to be reflective and analytical to improve their work and the work of their peers. Children learn to appreciate works of art and use artistic language to describe paintings, sculptures and other art forms. We regularly enrich our Art curriculum with visits to London’s art galleries and make direct links to a wide variety of art forms through our half termly topics. When children leave St John & St James, we expect them to have a wide range of well-developed art skills in the six areas of our curriculum that they can then build on and develop further as they continue in their education. We believe every child has an inner artist waiting to be unveiled.