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At Jesse Gray we know that a high-quality art and design education should engage, inspire and challenge pupils, equipping them with the knowledge and skills to experiment, invent and create their own works of art, craft and design. As pupils progress, they should be able to think critically and develop a more rigorous understanding of art and design. They should also know how art and design both reflect and shape our history, and contribute to the culture, creativity and wealth of our nation.

 At Jesse Gray our art and design aims to ensure that all pupils:

  • produce creative work, exploring their ideas and recording their experiences.
  • become proficient in drawing, painting, sculpture and other art, craft and design techniques.
  • evaluate and analyse creative works using the language of art, craft and design.
  • know about great artists, craft makers and designers, and understand the historical and cultural development of their art forms.
  • all children will build upon their natural pleasure in visual communication.
  • artistic creation is a pleasurable activity which can provide fulfilment throughout life.
  • find enjoyment in creative art and see themselves as artists.
  • find a sense of purpose, achievement and fulfilment in artistic expression.
  • develop skills to use a range of materials and techniques competently.
  • feel able to express their ideas and feelings through imaginative creation in both two and three dimensions.
  • learn to study and record the world around them analytically.
  • develop an appropriate vocabulary to help them understand and discuss their own work and that of others.

The teachers from KS1 to year 6 follow a progression of skills which  they assess termly.

Inset days are held to keep teachers equipped with subject knowledge and outside artists ate invited into school to share skills. We like to display our work in school and the wider community . In our local library we had Beano characters which every class had made dotted amongst the books to encourage children to take part in the summer reading programme. In the local leisure centre we displayed war art as part of the WW1 celebrations. We have had Christmas decorations hanging in the main town shopping centre and as part of the Nottingham night light event in the city we made archways with recycled flowers that lit up


Art is very much part of our very creative curriculum and is constantly being practiced. The whole school took part in the RE spirited art week and we have invited parents into school for summer art exhibitions.

In school there are Arts Councillors from Year 3 to Year 6 who meet regularly to plan ideas and collect pupil voice, they also help run many events. The most popular one is the Big Draw. We have seen groups of children from all ages sketching together at lunch times and classes mixing together to sketch.