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Art and Design


  • To follow the progression of the National Curriculum for Art and the EYFS Knowledge and Understanding of the World.
  • To nurture children as artists, exploring their understanding of the world around them through a visual language
  • To develop an art curriculum which enables children to develop a wide range of practical skills and relevant subject knowledge.
  • To support children to understand the uses and implications of Art and crafts as a tool for expression and representation, a record of history and an exploration of human endeavour.
  • To teach skills and allow opportunities for children to use them in their own self directed art and craft projects.
  • To nurture independence and encourage children to take responsibility for keeping resources tidy and in good condition.



  • Use of the Rainbow Curriculum to generate lessons which carefully plan for progression and depth across a diverse range of artists/ craftspeople.
  • Teaching and learning should include demonstrations of skills by teachers and adults.
  • Additional support in place for SEN and disadvantaged pupils to enable them to access the curriculum at the appropriate level.
  • Through sketchbooks and learning journeys children reflect on previous learning, build on prior knowledge and link ideas together, enabling them to apply skills learnt into a wider context.
  • Big Ideas topics are heavy with opportunity for art/crafts/ dt and creativity and create opportunities for cross-curricular learning.
  • Specialist vocabulary is taught and built upon and effective questioning to communicate ideas is encouraged.
  • Trips and visits from experts and specialist teaching sessions from Art leader enhance the learning experience for arts subjects.
  • Curriculum weeks based on Art allow opportunities for children to be absorbed in the subject and teachers to explore the depth of the subject through skills developed, research, and learner centred processes
  • Teachers are trained by specialist in staff meetings annually, responding to staff skills audits
  • Resources are well maintained, organised and distributed
  • Specialist teacher offers advice around planning, resourcing and teaching as well as addressing staff skills needs in staff CPD meetings.
  • Arts week has skills focus to offer opportunity for art leader to monitor progress across year groups, and bring all adults up to speed on expectations for their year group
  • Arts week has Subject focus so that Art leader can monitor breadth and suggest coverage of art history topics
  • Following staff training, development of art therapy sessions with children who need additional ELSA support


  • Children will have opportunities to express their emotions and feelings through the medium of art.
  • Children will be able to develop skills, question ideas and reflect on knowledge.
  • Pupils will make links across various curriculum areas and use their artistic skills and knowledge to enhance work in other areas
  • Children talk positively about their learning in art.


Here is the progression document used by teachers in school to track progression in the key elements of mark making, colour, sculpture, textiles and print.

Art Progression and Depth Document.


The Subject Guide below details the skills progression for Art and Design from EYFS- Year 6 through the Rainbow Continuum: