The intent of the Art curriculum is that our children will develop and extend skills and have an opportunity to express their individual interests, thought and ideas.

We deliver a curriculum that:

  • Inspires children’s creative skills.
  • Enables children to produce creative work, exploring their ideas and recording their experiences.
  • Encourages children to develop skills in drawing, painting, sculpture and other art, craft and design techniques.
  • Develops children’s ability to evaluate and analyse creative works using the language of art, craft and design.
  • Teaches children about the work of famous artists and gives them the opportunity to experiment with a range of techniques.


The Art Programme of Study provided by the National Curriculum sets out the following subject content.

Pupils should be taught:

  • 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 practices and disciplines, and making links to their own work.

Early Years Foundation Stage Pupils explore and use a variety of media and materials through a combination of child initiated and adult directed activities.

They have opportunities to learn to:

  • Explore the textures, movement, feel and look of different media and materials
  • Respond to a range of media and materials, and develop their understanding of them in order to manipulate and create different effects.
  • Use different media and materials to express their own ideas
  • Explore colour and use for a particular purpose
  • Develop skills to use simple tools and techniques competently and appropriately
  • Select appropriate media and techniques and adapt their work where necessary

In order to achieve this, LIS has broken down the programme of study to ensure both progression and coverage across FS2 and Key Stage 1, and developed a teaching, learning and sequencing of the curriculum as follows: 

  • The art progression of skills is organised into the following five strands: drawing, materials, painting, sculpting and artists.
  • Each theme will be taught explicitly through exciting topics, including links to other areas of the curriculum
  • A teaching sequence builds on knowledge and skills across each year group and across the school.
  • Continuous CPD for teachers to ensure their skills and knowledge is developed to teach the skills confidently and accurately


  • Continued training and support for teachers ensuring they are the experts in the subjects that they teach.
  • There will be a clear progression of skills across FS2 and Key Stage 1, photographic evidence of art work and displays can support this.
  • Our children will be confident to explore and develop their creativity using a variety of media and materials.

Please click here to see our Progression Map for Art

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