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  • Headteacher: Mrs A Burton
  • Deputy Headteacher: Mrs L Taylor

Art & Design

Art & Design

at Sawley Junior School



Art and Design follows the National Curriculum.  We use the Kapow Primary scheme. Art techniques will be used across the curriculum in areas such English (i.e. persuasive posters for advertising) science (i.e. accurate observational recording through drawing) etc, allowing them to apply methods and techniques developed in Art and Design Lessons in differing contexts.

Art and Design will allow children to diversify their exposure to other cultures and ways of viewing the world through a range of historical and modern art works, showing how British values are reflected throughout the world and giving them a sense of world citizenship. 

Art and Design is a subject that is accessible at all intellectual and dexterity levels, where children have a specific disability adaptation will be sought in conjunction with their support health workers.  Tasks are differentiated and staff may choose the task/s that they deem suitable for their classes/individual pupils.

We aim to provide ambitious opportunities for children to develop and improve their practice through sequential learning opportunities that will develop a good level of proficiency, with wider opportunities to experiment with their own original responses.

There shall be a wide range of eras of art used as influences to their work, allowing them to explore some elements of Classical, Modern and Contemporary art.

Children should be guided to foster an interest in the wider world of Art developing their cultural capital to further discuss their views on the work being undertaken or studied.

We intend to have blocked time allocated to Subject Saturation opportunities, encouraging thoughtful and skilful responses to a given stimuli.



Art is undergoing a resurgence at SJS and the new curriculum promises better skills development going forward, we had previously worked through the PlanBee Art scheme but it became apparent that the skills being develop[ed were not ambitious enough to fulfil the vision of greater art kills and knowledge across all the students ate Sawley Junior School, we have therefore, purchased Kapow’s Art scheme, which has a greater use of sequential approaches using a wide range of influences and Art Movements. To further support this we shall ensure:

  • Staff are supported by the Art and Design Subject Leader.
  • Willows Academy Trust subject leaders’ hold cluster meetings half-termly working together to meet the aims and vision of the Trust.
  • We have a range of teacher Resources – including Kapow Primary – that allow experienced and inexperienced teachers to develop good practice for their students.
  • Activities are based on a progression to deepen knowledge and understanding and debate.
  • Activities within the scheme of work taught at Sawley are based on Kapow Primary tasks.
  • Discussion opportunities are incorporated throughout sessions.
  • All resources are stored centrally.

The Kapow Primary sequence of skill has been supported through media and tool purchase to allow all units to be successfully managed.  Some key/frequent use resources are to be found in each classroom, though many more useful, frequent use tools could be added, such as 2B pencils and art paper for each class to use when the lesson allows.

Non-negotiables (such as colour mixing knowledge-pencil stroke technique and resource management and care will be frequently revisited – at least bi-termly)

Basic skills are called upon and tutored across the curriculum to show application of Art and Design skills have a place in all areas of learning.

With Art and Design drawing from many differing cultural aspects of Art, children will have a well-rounded knowledge of many of the more significant art movements of the Classical, 20th and 21st Century.  But significantly more key to cultural capital is the urge, impulse, desire to find out more, for a child to seek where they belong in the cultural landscape, town or city.  Art and Design will allow them to embrace their own culture in a positive light, whilst embracing the different culture we have access to in surrounding communities.




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