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Damson Wood Nursery and Infant School

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Subject Leader – Mrs Stoneman

Art Intent 


At Damson Wood School, we value Art and Design as an important part of the children’s entitlement to a broad and balanced curriculum. We provide a rounded and ambitious art curriculum for ages 5 to 7 (KS1) and an open approach to creativity for the under 5s (EYFS). Our curriculum is less focused on outcome and is more centred on the journey to ensure that the understanding and learning of pupils is not compromised. This approach teaches children that there is no ‘right’ or ‘wrong’ way to do art and allows pupils to extend their skills whilst expressing their individual interests, thoughts, and ideas.  

Pupils following the National Curriculum, will engage in a variety of units that provide ideas, inspiration, and techniques to enable children to explore a wide variety of media in drawing, sketchbooks, sculpture, painting, printmaking, and design. Our curriculum is designed to raise expectations as to what children are capable of by introducing a wide range of materials from the outset. It recognises that children will naturally progress once they have repeated access to a material, process, or concept. Our curriculum acknowledges the importance of teaching specific skills, concepts and artists but attempts to balance structured learning with space for personal exploration. Pupils have opportunities to balance small scale work with large scale work, individual work with group work, quiet reflective work with more dynamic, active work and two-dimensional work with three-dimensional work. 

Whole School Progression Overview Art

National Curriculum Subject Content


Key stage 1 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 different practices and disciplines, and making links to their own work.