Norton & West Chinnock Schools

Learning Together for Excellence

Art and Design

Art and Design Lead:  Miss N Brown

Curriculum Statement


At Norton and West Chinnock schools we value all children as Artists and Designers! Our Art & Design curriculum is designed to engage, inspire and challenge pupils, whilst equipping them with the knowledge and skills to be able to experiment, invent and create their own works of art. We want our children to gain a deeper understanding of how Art and Design reflects and shapes our history, and how it contributes to the culture, creativity and wealth of our world.


The teaching and implementation of the Art and Design Curriculum at Norton and West Chinnock is based on the National Curriculum and EYFS and linked to school themes to ensure a well-structured approach to this creative subject. During weekly Art lessons children will develop a knowledge and understanding of the artists they are learning about and being inspired by. A similar focus on skills provides children with opportunities to express their creative imagination, as well as practise and develop mastery in the key processes of art: drawing, painting, printing, textiles and sculpture. Children are encouraged to take risks, experiment with techniques and reflect on and evaluate their art work in order to further develop their artistic skills.


Expressive Arts and Design is one of the four specific areas of the EYFS. In the EYFS children explore and use a variety of media and materials through a combination of child initiated and adult directed activities. Children are encouraged to create on both small and large scales and are encouraged to develop their communication and language skills through talking about their creations.

In EYFS children will learn to:

  • Safely use and explore a variety of materials, tools and techniques, experimenting with colour, design, texture, form and function.
  • Share their creations, explaining the process they have used.
  • Make use of props and materials when role playing characters in narratives and stories.

In Key Stage 1 children 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.

Key Stage 2 children are taught:

  • To create sketch books to record their observations and use them to review and revisit ideas
  • To improve their mastery of art and design techniques, including drawing, painting and sculpture with a range of materials [for example, pencil, charcoal, paint, clay]
  • About great artists, architects and designers in history.


In EYFS and Key Stage One children’s art work and creations will be recorded as part of their learning journey on Tapestry. The consistent use of children’s sketchbooks in Key Stage Two means that children are able to review, modify and develop their initial ideas in order to achieved high quality outcomes. Pupil discussions enable us to assess children’s understanding of concepts and key vocabulary, but also allows the children to discuss their thoughts, ideas, processing and evaluations of work. Displays in the classroom and around the school celebrates children’s creations and also encourages them to develop a sense of ownership over their work and reflect on their experiences.


Please see the progression in Art and Design from Reception to Year 6:


Vocabulary Progression in Art