We are delighted to announce that our recent Ofsted inspection (September 2023) was rated GOOD, with OUTSTANDING in Early Years.


 Statement of Intent - Art 

  Art in schools shouldn’t be sidelined… it should be right there right up in the front because I think art teaches you to deal with the world around you. It is the oxygen that makes all the other subjects breathe.”  ~  Alan Parker, filmmaker 

At St John the Baptist Primary, we offer a comprehensive and stimulating art curriculum that builds on children's early experiences with creativity and their inherent desire to express themselves. Art education is a vital area that supports children's mental health and well-being, and our curriculum provides a wide range of opportunities for children to express themselves artistically. We give children the chance to experiment and explore various materials, acquire knowledge and skills, and use them to express their thoughts, feelings, and experiences. 

Our art curriculum is designed to be progressive, allowing children to build on their skills, knowledge, and techniques year by year. They will develop ideas while mastering various materials, understanding their limitations and possibilities, and creating art that emphasizes various visual and tactile elements. 

By learning about artists from different points in society, as well as from history and other parts of the world, students are given a broad understanding of how art is influenced by culture and context. This can help students develop an appreciation for different types of art and a better understanding of the world around them. 

We encourage children to express their opinions about artworks and justify their preferences. They will leave St John the Baptist Primary with the confidence to explore artistic resources and opportunities, as well as an awareness of how creativity can be a part of their daily lives. 


Students are exposed to a variety of art forms, including drawing, painting, printing, sculpture, and digital art, and are introduced to artists, craftsmen, and designers from diverse backgrounds, encouraging critical reflection on their own work and that of their peers. The school also emphasises the importance of constructive feedback, and teachers prioritise meeting the specific needs of each student, including those with special educational needs and disabilities. 

To ensure a high-quality art education for all students, teachers follow a skills led curriculum, which is aligned with the National Curriculum. This allows for skill progression, building on students' prior knowledge to provide a well-rounded and engaging art education. Staff have access to various resources, planning materials, and specific training opportunities focused on areas identified for development. 

The school's governors work closely with the art subject leader to monitor the impact of the art curriculum. This partnership ensures that the school remains committed to providing a high-quality art education and that the needs of all students are being met effective.