St George’s C of E Infant and Preschool

Inspire, Believe, Achieve-Let your light shine.

Art and Design

Intent  Implementation Impact

Intent: The layout of our curriculum, the units, and WHY they are taught in a particular order. What we expect the children to learn at St George’s and why.


Implementation: How we get the children to accomplish what we set out for them – what kinds of resources will we use. What sorts of tasks they will complete? How we assess the children and ensure they make progress.


Impact: Using assessment to look at how each year group will move on and develop. Looking at the impact of each unit and how it links to previous learning and future learning. What will a Year Two Artist look like at the end of their St George’s journey?






At St George’s Infant School, we believe that Art is a vital and integral part of a child’s education. We strive to develop creativity and imagination, and set challenges to engage and inspire our children. We equip them with the knowledge and skills to experiment, invent and create their own works of art, craft and design and express their individual interests, thoughts and ideas. Our curriculum has appropriate subject knowledge, skills and understanding to explore, investigate, create and evaluate artwork as set out in the National Curriculum to ensure all children reach their potential. We aim to ensure children know about great artists, craft makers and designers and can describe the differences and similarities between different practices and disciplines and then make links to their own work.

Supporting these aims is our vision “Inspire, Believe, Achieve. With God all things are possible”. This shared vision underpins everything we do at St George’s; enabling our children to become successful learners and caring, thoughtful individuals.


At St George’s Infant School, Art is taught following the aims and content of the National Curriculum and linked to topics to ensure a well-structured approach to this creative subject. Teachers plan lessons for their class following our progression of knowledge and skills document. Children have the opportunity to explore and evaluate different creative ideas and develop skills in drawing, painting, printing, collage, textiles, 3D work and digital art.

Teachers strive to ensure children believe in their own abilities and achieve success. Work is displayed with pride. Teachers think carefully about the different types of resources they will use and plan tasks carefully, based on prior learning and an understanding of the children’s future learning.

 At St George’s we promote independence for all students to take responsibility in their own learning, therefore we have implemented self-assessment KWHL grids, which the children use as a working document to track their achievements and progress at the

beginning, during and at the end of a topic.


In KS1, Art is taught to fit into planned topics. Teachers plans ensure they use a range of materials and media to develop art and design techniques, and will link this to an artist or art form if appropriate. Children will evaluate their work, make links and comparisons between their work and the subject studies. Children have a sketchbook that is used throughout KS1.


Early Years teachers carefully observe their pupils and create learning opportunities to suit their pupils’ interests and current events. Through continuous provision, children are able to access activities through creative and imaginative topic-based activities.



  • Children will have clear enjoyment and confidence in Art and Design that they will then apply to other areas of the curriculum. They will begin to develop an awareness of the emotional impact the arts have on themselves and on an audience.
  • Children’s sketch books will contain experimentation, photographs and reflections, showing ideas and development rather than final pieces.
  • Children will express themselves creatively, ultimately showing the key principles of art: line, shape, form, space, colour and pattern.
  • Children will refine and develop their techniques over time through effective lesson sequencing and progression between year groups.
  • Children will show resilience and perseverance by continually evaluating and improving their work.
  • Children will speak confidently about their art work and their skills.
  • The vast majority of children will achieve age related expectations in art and design.


The National Curriculum purpose of study for Art and Design reads:

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.

Skills and knowledge progression grid for Art