At Bishop’s Primary all children have the opportunity to create, explore and express their ideas through artistic media. Children are able to fine tune their ability to apply paint, cut a variety of materials and use their fingers sensitively to create meaningful artefacts. They get to develop their ability to observe closely, to think in new ways and to explore concepts and ideas from a wide variety of cultures.

Art is for everyone, everyone can appreciate art.

We believe that the Arts embody some of the highest forms of human creativity. A high-quality art education engages, inspires and challenges pupils, equipping them with the knowledge and skills to experiment, invent  and create their own works of art. As our pupils progress, they begin to think critically and develop a more rigorous understanding of art and design. They also know how art reflects and shapes our history, contributes to our culture, creativity and wealth of our nation.

We aim to ensure that all pupils:  produce creative work, explore their ideas and record their experiences. They will become proficient in drawing, painting, sculpture and other art, craft and design techniques. Pupils will evaluate and analyse creative works using the language of art, craft and design. They will also learn about great artists, craft makers and designers, and understand the historical and cultural development of their art forms.


Creativity. Art allows children to express themselves in different ways than in maths or science. Artistic study can focus attention on abstract concepts such as, ‘What does a scream look like?’ ‘ How does a particular person feel?’ and ‘How to understand the paintings seen inside a pyramid.’  When children practice thinking creatively, then creativity will come naturally to them in their future careers.

Improved Academic Performance. There is a growing bank of research examining how regular arts based study can lead to greater academic success. Art promotes many skills that influence all areas of life, such as being able to analyse, to effectively present and communicate ideas, to share the ideas of others and to creatively solve problems.

Motor Skills.  Simple things like holding a paintbrush and scribbling with a crayon or squeezing clay are an important element to developing a child’s fine motor skills.

Confidence. While mastering a subject certainly builds a student’s confidence, there is something special about having ones art work displayed. Children get a chance to step outside their comfort zone. As they improve and see their own progress, their self-confidence begins to grow.

Visual Learning. For our pupils, drawing, painting, and sculpting in art classes help develop visual-spatial skills. Children need to know more about the world than just what they can learn through text and numbers. Art education teaches students how to interpret, criticize, and use visual information, and how to make choices based on it.

Decision Making. The arts strengthen problem solving and critical thinking skills. Learning how to make choices and decisions is a fundamental life skill.

Perseverance. Art can be challenging. Art education offers the chance to deal with frustration and criticism.  Skills require practice, patience and resilience if they are to show improvements.

Focus. As you persevere through painting or sculpting maintaining focus is imperative. Children can become deeply engrossed in their work thereby expanding their levels of concentration.

Collaboration. Art projects often lead to collaboration in some way. Planning, teamwork and constructive feedback can all be developed through art.

 Accountability. Just like collaboration, pupils in art lessons learn that they are accountable for their contributions to the group. If they make a mistake they realise that it’s important to take responsibility for what they have done.