Curriculum Intent

At Enfield Academy, it is our intent to develop children’s artistic skills, knowledge and creativity by providing them with engaging, inspiring and challenging opportunities using art and design. We intend children to reflect critically about art and design and understand how to develop and refine their skills. We expect children to leave school with a rich knowledge of how art and design contribute to history, culture and wealth of the World.

Each year group plans art lessons which aims to ensure that children are able to develop key skills using a range of medium. Children are given knowledge about key artists and artistic styles. Our aim is to ensure that children are confident approaching artwork, feel a strong sense of achievement, value the impact of art within our own lives and are able to reach their full potential. Children should develop key artistic skills over their school career and be confident in producing improved versions of the same product.


The national curriculum for art and design aims to ensure that all pupils:

  • produce creative work, exploring their ideas and recording their experiences
  • become proficient in drawing, painting, sculpture and other art, craft and design techniques
  • evaluate and analyse creative works using the language of art, craft and design
  • know about great artists, craft makers and designers, and understand the historical and cultural development of their art forms

At Enfield, we value art and design as an important part of the children’s entitlement to a broad and balanced curriculum. Art and design provides the children with the opportunities to develop and extend skills and an opportunity to express their individual interests, thought and ideas.

 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.

Curriculum Implementation

The teaching and implementation of the Art and Design Curriculum at Enfield is based on the National Curriculum, in order to ensure a well-structured approach to this creative subject.

The children are taught art in isolation in order to develop key skills and build on general knowledge regarding key artists and artistic styles. A long-term plan has been developed so that a key artist and artistic style is taught in each year group. This has a two-yearly cycle to support the mixed year groups. The children will study a famous artist in detail and learn about their life and history. They will also study their artistic style and how this fitted into the era in which the artist lived. The children will then use their knowledge and skills to practice reproducing artwork in the style of their artist. The will finish the study by creating a final high-quality piece of artwork in the style of their artist.

Where possible, further artist links will be made in order to explore the artist or artistic style in further detail (e.g. a deeper look into surrealism may include a number of artists). Where possible, local artists could be contacted in order to collaborate with the students and enhance their learning and skills.

Art will also be taught as part of termly topic work through the Cornerstones curriculum. Art will be used in some topic lessons to enhance art skills and the understanding of the topic. The number of topic lessons devoted to art will be determined by the topic.

Early Years Foundation Stage

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.
  • 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

Key Stage 1

Pupils are taught:

  1.  to use a range of materials creatively to design and make products
  2.  to use drawing, painting and sculpture to develop and share their ideas, experiences and imagination
  3.  to develop a wide range of art and design techniques in using colour, pattern, texture, line, shape, form and space
  4.  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

Pupils are taught to develop their techniques, including their control and their use of materials, with creativity, experimentation and an increasing awareness of different kinds of art, craft and design.

Pupils are taught:

  1.  to create sketch books to record their observations and use them to review and revisit ideas
  2.  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]
  3.  about great artists, architects and designers in history.

Art will be taught using a range of skills and medium. Lessons will be taught with reference to the art skills progression document to ensure that children are developing and building on key skills as they progress through the school. It will also ensure that children are using a wide-range of medium and are experiencing a broad and deep art curriculum.


The range of skills and medium will include:



Explore finger painting

Different sizes of brush

Twigs/sponge/scrunched paper


Powder paint

Ready mix

Colour mixing

Oil/acrylic and palette knives



Mark making with a variety of implements

Exploring line with brush, pencils, crayons etc.

Wax crayons

Oil pastels


Felt tips

Observational and imaginary drawings

Indian ink


Hand/finger prints

Potato/vegetable/fruit prints

Found object prints/recycled materials




Stencil prints

Relief blocks (string blocks)

Clay blocks

Overlay printing

Press print

Textiles / Collage

Collage with paper

Collage with materials

Texture rubbings




Tie and dye/ dip dye

Wood wrapping and frames


Junk construction (boxes, containers etc)

Environmental sculpture

(found objects and natural objects)


Clay dishes (thumb pots, coil pots)

Balloons and sticky tape (heads)

Twig sculpture

Clay tiles/sculpture/slabs (textured and drawn)


Modelling powder

Information and Communication Technology (ICT)

Using apps and computing programmes as a tool for art and design

Digital photography


Digital drawings, paintings, design

Combining text, sound and images to express


Teachers will assess pupils and record their progress using the Skills and Knowledge Tracker. Teachers use this information to inform future lessons; ensuring children are supported and challenged appropriately and that children are taught a developing range of skills and techniques across their school career.

Final end of year assessments are made using assessment criteria that has been developed in line with the national curriculum.

Curriculum Impact

Children will leave Enfield Academy having had the opportunity to work with a wide variety of materials and medium and understand how to use these to the fullest of their potential. They will have honed their basic artistic skills and understand how to develop and refine them to create a sophisticated and high-quality piece of art.

Pupils will leave Enfield Academy with a rounded and in-depth knowledge of key artists, designers and craft-makers and be able to recognise and interpret famous works of art. Children will understand how art and design impacts the history, culture and wealth of the world today.

Art Curriculum Plan

Updated: 22/09/2023 111 KB

Art Skills Progression

Updated: 13/12/2021 20 KB