Ward Jackson Church of England Primary School

"All smiles returned"


Art and Design

Subject Leader: Mrs Campbell

At Ward Jackson Church of England Primary School we provide our children with opportunities to stimulate their creativity and imagination. Through Art and Design, children can communicate what they see, feel and think through the use of colour, texture, form, pattern and using different materials and processes.

Children become involved in shaping their environments through Art and Design activities. In addition to a dedicated Art Gallery and workshop space in school, we also celebrate Art and Design work throughout the school in the large volume of displays. We work with local artists (such as Keith Robson) and the Northern School of Art at every available opportunity to produce learners who become proficient in a range of Art and Design Techniques and acquire key knowledge of great Artists and Artistic Movements.  

We teach Art and Design as a subject within its own right and use Art as a medium to teach other subjects - particularly reading. We have worked with the Royal Society of Art (RSA) and Education Endowment Foundation (EEF) on a 'Power of Pictures' trial exploring the links between the use of picture books and vocabulary development.

At every available opportunity we use Art as a medium for the teaching of other subjects across the full breadth of the curriculum.  

Recording Work in Art and Design

Due to the cross-curricular nature of learning within the primary curriculum, the children at our school work between four learning journeys: one digital learning journey and three book based journeys (plain, squared and lined paper). In Art children will access whichever learning journey they require to complete the task, for example, sketches would take place in the plain paper learning journey, written Artistic Movement notes may require lined paper and work to recreate specialist genres may at times require squared paper. The digital learning journey may also need to be used to capture the process of artistic work and any finished products. Children will use one or more of their learning journeys to fulfil the needs of each Art and Design task. The study of Art is broad; a 'one size fits all' book is therefore not appropriate or fit for purpose.    

When producing original pieces of Art which require 'heavier' products such as inks, paints, resins, oils, etc... we encourage children to work on paper. Children select the appropriate paper for the task. We have a selection of parchments, tracing papers, watercolour cards, acrylic and oil papers, mixed media papers, decorative papers and canvases. Once children have completed a piece of art work on paper, we capture their learning via our digital learning journey and therefore share their work with the local community. Children will then either take their pieces of art work home to be celebrated or display their work in our gallery or around school. 

Historic Art Work: 2017 - 2020

Art and Design is assessed from Y1 - Y6. Essential skills include:

  • Sketching 
  • Developing ideas
  • Selecting materials
  • Drawing
  • Painting
  • 3D
  • Printmaking
  • Collage
  • Photography
  • Colour
  • Pattern
  • Line and tone
  • Form 
  • Evaluating Art and Design
  • Appreciating Art and Design