At Elmwood Infant’s school, we value Art and Design as an important part of our children’s entitlement to a broad and balanced curriculum. The intent is to ensure all our pupils produce creative and imaginative work. Art and Design provides our pupils not only with the opportunities to develop and extend their skills, but with the opportunities to express their individual interests, thoughts and ideas.

Children will become confident and proficient in a variety of techniques including drawing, painting and sculpture as well as a variety of other craft skills, e.g. collage, printing and using clay. Children will be introduced to a range of art work and develop knowledge of the styles and vocabulary used by famous artists, designers and craft makers. The skills they acquire are also applied to our cross curricular themes and quality texts, allowing children to use their art skills to reflect on and explore topics in greater depth.

Pupils will be clear about what the intended outcomes are and have a means to measure their own work against this. In Art, our pupils are expected to be reflective and evaluate their work, think about how they can make changes and keep improving.

Our intention is to make learning accessible and inclusive so that all children achieve their full potential including children with SEND.


At Elmwood Infant School the teaching of Art is based on the EYFS Development Matters Guidance and the National Curriculum and linked to topics to ensure a well-structured and progressive approach to this creative subject. We encourage children to express themselves and produce high-quality pieces of work in a variety of media that they can be proud of. We look for ways to create opportunities to link the curriculum across subjects and art is used in most subjects to enrich the visual literacy throughout the EYFS and KS1. For example children in Year 2 make links with Numeracy when creating repeating pattens using printing techniques. 

Art and Design in Early Years Foundation Stage.

In the Early Years 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

To safely 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

Art and Design in Key stage 1

In Key Stage 1 children are taught art through discreet lessons and art mornings. Children are given      opportunities to discuss, critique, appreciate and evaluate their own work and the work of others          including famous artists. 

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 across different cultures,              describing the differences and similarities between different practices and disciplines, and making links to their own work.  



Our diverse Art Curriculum is planned to demonstrate progression and to stimulate creativity.  Children are clear about what the intended outcomes are and have the means to measure their own work against this. Art is used in Elmwood as an opportunity for expression and to explore the styles of other great artists that inspire our own work. 

In Art, children  become creative learners that are reflective in evaluating their own and one another’s work, thinking how they can make changes to keep improving.  The majority of children in each year group are working at or above the expected level for their age. 

At Elmwood Infant school children with SEND will make progress in line with all children.

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Art & Design around our school

Year 1 have been learning about colour mixing and have created their own piece of art work.

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