St Joseph's Rotherhithe

Art & Design 


At St Joseph’s we aim to offer a rich art and design curriculum that reflects our diverse community to inspire our children to be creative, engaged and challenged.  We endeavour for our children to experience a range of art and design projects that link with their topic, equipping them with the knowledge and skills to experiment, invent and create their own final pieces of work. Our art curriculum ensures that children have access to a wide range of creative experiences and media. Children will have the opportunity to develop skills progressively across the school, encouraging them to think critically and develop their understanding of art and design. Each year group will also study the work of a carefully selected Artist linked to their theme. Across KS2, children will learn how to use sketch books to record and develop their observational skills. Children learn about all aspects of the design process in this skills-based curriculum, and understand that products and materials have a range of properties and purposes. We aim for our children to know and appreciate how art and design both reflect and shape our history, and contribute to our culture and creativity as a nation.

Our general principles for art and design:

  •  See clear links between different aspects of their learning
  •  Experience the challenge and enjoyment of learning
  •  Develop and demonstrate their creativity
  • Develop new skills through a variety of interesting contexts
  • Develop a rich and deep subject knowledge
  • Learn within a coherent and progressive framework
  • Explore the breadth and depth of the national curriculum Implementation

At St Joseph’s, we  teach art and design built on a backbone of key skills that progress through the year groups. Our art and design offers countless opportunities for quality cross-curricular art.

Our curriculum provides both essential skills and a vast array of artistic contexts for children to develop their on-going and natural creativity.

Our key art and design objectives are:


  • Evaluate and analyse creative works using the language of art, craft and design
  • Use drawing, painting and sculpture to develop and share their ideas, experiences and imagination
  • Produce creative work, exploring their ideas and recording their experiences.
  • Develop a wide range of art and design techniques in using colour, pattern, texture, line, shape, form and space
  • Learn about the work of a range of artists, craft makers and designers, describing the differences and similarities between different practices and disciplines, and making links to their own work.


  • Learn about great artists, architects and designers in history
  • Improve their mastery of art and design techniques, including drawing, painting and sculpture with a range of materials (for example, pencil, charcoal, paint, clay)
  • Create sketchbooks to record their observations and use them to review and revisit ideas
  • Become proficient in drawing, painting, sculpture and other art, craft and design techniques
  • Develop their key skills with creatively, experimentation and an increasing awareness of different kinds of art, craft and design.



Our Art and design curriculum is sequenced carefully to ensure children’s essential skills progress through their time at St Joseph’s. If children are demonstrating that they are acquiring the key knowledge and skills for their age group they are deemed to be making good or better than good progress.

We also measure our curriculum through the following methods: 

  • Analysis of progression through pre and post learning activities
  • Pupil discussions about their learning
  • Formative in the moment assessment

The children’s skills and knowledge is evidenced by their development of art in their sketch books, the art work the children produce and how much the children can articulate their knowledge and inspiration from artists work.