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At Ainsdale St John’s we are artists! We are on an artistic journey to become life-long active and responsible learners following the Christian values Jesus has given us. Through high quality teaching, all our pupils are given rich learning experiences into all aspects of art, craft and design to enable our pupils to embody some of the highest forms of human creativity.  

We want all our young artists to experience art and design education that engages, inspires and challenges their thinking so that they are equipped with the knowledge and skills to experiment, invent and create their own works of art, craft and design.  

At Ainsdale St John’s, we want to see our pupil’s progress so they begin to think critically and develop a more rigorous understanding of art and design. We see our children developing an understanding of how art and design both reflect and shape our history and contribute to the culture, creativity and wealth of our nation.


The art curriculum is based on the National Curriculum programmes of study and has been carefully designed to ensure progression and repetition in terms of embedding key learning, knowledge and skills.

The class teachers use a range of resources to deliver a rich curriculum which covers all key aspects of art. Children investigate and analyse different creative works and learn about great artists, craft makers and designers. Children are taught and practise skills so that they become proficient in drawing, painting, sculpture and other art, craft and design techniques.

Art is taught discretely but staff also make meaningful links across subjects and link prior knowledge to new knowledge to deepen children’s learning.  We believe that by crafting our curriculum this way, we improve the potential for our children to retain what they have been taught, to alter their long-term memory and thus improve the rates of progress they make.


Teachers use formative assessment in lessons and this informs their short term planning and helps them provide the best possible support for children.

Summative assessments are made at the end of each topic. 

Monitoring in art includes: scrutinising work, learning walks, pupil and staff voice.  Information gathered is used to gain an accurate understanding of the quality of education in art.

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Ainsdale St. John's CE Primary School

Sandbrook Road, Ainsdale, Southport, PR8 3JE

Mrs McCaughrean|Office Administrator

To arrange a 1:1 tour with the headteacher, Lorna O’Brien, please contact the school office

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