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Through art, we aim to engage, inspire and challenge pupils, whilst equipping them with the knowledge and skills to experiment, invent and create their own works of art, craft and design as they become artists. We believe as pupils progress, they should be able to think critically and develop an understanding of how art and design reflects and shapes our history and contributes to our culture.


To deliver our Art curriculum we use the Primary Knowledge Curriculum which fulfils the requirements of the National Curriculum for Art.  It has appropriate coverage, it is structured and builds upon knowledge and skills as pupils progress through KS1.

The curriculum is designed to enable children to learn by making connections between the work of artists, architects and designers and their own work as they are introduced to a range of materials and skills. Children will have meaningful opportunities for self-expression and individual response are woven through the curriculum, giving children space to leave who they are as an artist.

We want our children to have no limits and grow to be creative individuals with an ever-growing love for art and design, to which following this curriculum allows children to become informed about art and design as a process that takes place alongside a growing love for the subject. Children will have the opportunity to: 

  • 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.

Art lessons will also have a strong Oracy focus as children will be introduced to new vocabulary as well as be encouraged to share their opinions and thoughts on artwork including reflecting on both their own and others’ outcomes.

Children learn to safely use and explore a variety of materials, tools and techniques, experimenting with colour, design, texture, form and function. They share their creations, explaining the process they have used and make use of props and materials when role playing characters in narratives and stories.


  • The teaching and implementation of the Art and Design Curriculum at Nelson Infant School is to expose children to a range of diverse materials and skills and provide a clear progression of these skills and knowledge that they can build upon and apply to their work.

    Our Art and Design curriculum will also provide cross-curricular links. This allows the children to approach their study of art with a degree of confidence and expertise and to consolidate their knowledge by creating connections between the different disciplines.

     Pupils will be provided and taught in KS1:

  • to use a range of materials creatively to design and make products

  • to use drawing, painting and sculpture to develop and share their ideas, experiences and imagination
  • to develop a wide range of art and design techniques in using colour, pattern, texture, line, shape, form and space
  • 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.
  • Learning Sequences - one lesson or a series of lessons:

    Assess/Review – What do the children already know? How do you know? What can you do to check?
  • Teach – teaching of the content and skills needed for success. Ensure there is modelling, checking and questioning.
  • Talks Task – children are encouraged to share their ideas and feedback to peers, creating a positive learning environment
  • Apply – Children use the newly taught technique
  • Assess/Review – exhibitions and sharing


The impact of this curriculum provides for gradual progression of skills over the Key Stage, to which children are expected to leave Nelson Infant School reaching at least age-related expectations for Art and Design. Our curriculum will also lead pupils to be passionate and enthusiastic artists and learners. Children who are achieving well or need additional support will be are identified, and additional provision and strategies are to be planned in and discussed with class teachers. Achievements are celebrated in classrooms during walking-galleries and displays.

Assessment of learning in Art and Design is an ongoing monitoring of children’s understanding, knowledge and skills throughout lessons by the class teacher, pupil contributions to discussions, teacher questioning and through the completion of tasks and ongoing sketchbook work. This assessment is then used to inform future planning in relation to differentiation, support and challenge.

  • ‘End of Unit Quizzes’ (EoUQ) which assesses children’s knowledge and informs of any gaps in understanding through multiple choice questions
  • Pupil voice
  • Book monitoring
  • Lesson observations and learning walks
  • Class walking gallery and displays
  • EYFS children assessed within Expressive Arts and Design and their progress is tracked termly using the EYFS framework. Age related expectation levels are reported to parents at the end of the reception year

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