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St John's CatholicPrimary School

At St John’s we grow and learn in the footsteps of Jesus.

The Arts

The Arts



Our pupils experience a broad and enriched ‘Arts’ curriculum incorporating: music, drama, art and design. Children are encouraged to listen to and play a range of musical instruments. They learn to sing with confidence and perform to an audience. Later the children learn to use musical structures and notation. The children study the history of music; its composers and traditions. Pupils can develop skills in school lessons and also with peripatetic music support. Music is used for assemblies, liturgical celebrations and concerts and often as an aspect of themes and topics in other subjects. Musicians of all abilities have opportunities to perform in front of an audience in plays, concerts and larger scale musical performances.


Art and Design


During Key Stage 1 pupils develop their creativity and imagination by exploring the visual, tactile and sensory qualities of materials and processes. They learn about the role of art, craft and design in their environment. They begin to understand colour, shape, space, pattern and texture and use them to represent their ideas and feelings. During Key Stage 2 pupils develop their creativity and imagination through more complex activities. These help to build on their skills and improve their control of materials, tools and techniques. They increase their critical awareness of the roles and purposes of art, craft and design in different times and cultures. They become more confident in using visual and tactile elements and materials and processes to communicate what they see, feel and think. Cross-curricular opportunities are used to promote creativity and enjoyment in pupils’ learning.


Design Technology


During Key Stage 1 pupils learn how to think imaginatively and talk about what they like and dislike when designing and making. They build on their early childhood experiences of investigating objects around them. They explore how familiar things work and talk about, draw and model their ideas. They learn how to design and make safely and could start to use ICT as part of their designing and making.


During Key Stage 2 pupils work on their own and as part of a team on a range of designing and making activities. They think about what products are used for and the needs of the people who use them. They plan what has to be done and identify what works well and what could be improved in their own and other people’s designs. They draw on knowledge and understanding from other areas of the curriculum and use ICT technology in a range of ways to enhance learning.