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Art and Design at KINS


“Art is not just a subject to learn, but an activity that you can practise with your hands, your eyes, your whole personality.”
Quentin Blake, Children’s Laureate.


Curriculum Intent

At Killamarsh Infant and School, we value Art and Design as an important part of the children’s entitlement to a broad and balanced curriculum. Art and Design provides the children with the opportunities to develop and extend skills and an opportunity to express their individual interests, thought and ideas.


Art, craft and design embody some of the highest forms of human creativity. 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. 


Curriculum Implementation

The teaching and implementation of the Art and Design Curriculum at Killamarsh Infant and Nursery School is based on the National Curriculum.



The national curriculum for 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


The children are taught Art as part of their termly topic work. Areas covered include sculpture, printing based on topic work, such as the Tudor houses, nature, Christian art and symbols, painting, and the works of the artists. The work of famous local, national and international artists are explored to enhance the children's learning.


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, 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


Key Stage 1

Pupils are 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 different practices and disciplines, and making links to their own work.


Curriculum Impact

The impact of this curriculum design will lead to good progress over time across EYFS and KS1 relative to a child's individual starting point and their progression in skills. Children will therefore be expected to leave Killamarsh Infant and Nursery School reaching age-related expectations for Art and Design. Our Art and Design curriculum will also lead pupils to be enthusiastic Art and Design learners, evidenced in a range of ways, including pupil voice, their final pieces and artwork around school as well as their knowledge and understanding. We ensure that children who are achieving well, as well as those who need additional support, are identified, and additional provision and strategies are planned in and discussed with class teachers. Achievements are celebrated in classrooms during walking-galleries and corridor displays.


Summative assessments take place throughout the year and teachers record the progress and attainment against the National Curriculum expectations of attainment. Teachers use this information to inform future lessons; ensuring children are supported and challenged appropriately.