Art & Design


In Fens School, we offer a structure and sequence of lessons that help teachers ensure they have covered the skills required to meet the aims of the national curriculum.


Our intent is to ensure that all pupils produce creative, imaginative work that is individual to them, allowing each child to have ownership of their learning. We intend to give children the opportunity to explore their ideas and record their experiences, as well as exploring the work of others and evaluate different creative ideas.


Children will become confident and proficient in a variety of techniques including drawing, painting, printing, collage, textiles and 3d form. They will have a good knowledge and experience of different applications, allowing them to use metacognitive skills to produce their own, unique final piece.

Children will also develop their knowledge of famous artists, designers and craft makers. They will develop their interest and curiosity about art and design through a series of lessons that offer skills progression, knowledge progression and be given an opportunity to ask questions and demonstrate their skills in a variety of ways. The lessons will offer the chance for children to develop their emotional expression through art to further enhance their personal, social and emotional development.

Progression of Skills in EYFS


How We Implement Our Art & Design Curriculum

Our lessons are delivered through innovative and inspiring units. Each unit comes with an overview of the skills and techniques required to successfully meet National Curriculum objectives, key vocabulary and additional resources to give our teachers and adults delivering art confidence in the progression of skills and knowledge.

Children in KS1 and KS2 have their own sketchbooks and portfolios that allow them to explore and experiment freely, using a variety of new skills and techniques. Sketchbooks are used as working documents and provide an opportunity for children to document the learning process and evaluate their own work. Sketchbooks and portfolios progress through school with the children allowing them to see their own unique learning journey in art.

Each year group focuses on different themes (linking to other areas of the curriculum where possible) to ensure continued interest in the subject as well as acquiring new knowledge. The lessons we plan for develop children’s techniques, including their control and their use of materials, with creativity, experimentation and an increasing awareness of different kinds of art, craft and design.

How We Measure The Impact Of Our Art & Design Curriculum

  • Art and design learning is loved by teachers and pupils across our school.
  • Teachers have high expectations of children and quality evidence can be presented in a variety of ways (sketchbook, displays, portfolios).
  • All children use technical vocabulary accurately and pupils are expected to know, apply and understand the matters, skills and processes specified.
  • Children improve their enquiry skills and inquisitiveness about the world around them, and their impact through art and design on the world.
  • Children will become more confident in analysing, critiquing and evaluating their own work and giving their opinion on the work of others.
  • Children show capabilities in improving their resilience and perseverance by continually evaluating and improving their work.
  • All children in school can speak confidently about their art and design work and their skills.



Art & Design Curriculum Map - KS2


Art & Design Curriculum Map - KS1