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St Nicolas' Church of England Infant School

Living life in all its fullness

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St Nicolas' Church of England Infant School

Living life in all its fullness


Intent - Our vision

At St Nics', we want our children to:

  • Develop a range of art skills and an understanding that art can be used to express ideas and emotions, as well as inspiring these in the viewer.
  • Grow in confidence in using art to express themselves, explore their imaginations and become confident and communicative people.
  • Gain an understanding that styles of art vary across the world and through time.
  • Take inspiration from artists and craft makers.
  • To consider the value of different art skills, styles and resources.
  • To be able to use and understand art vocabulary with a range of contexts.


Implementation - How we deliver this to achieve our goal

  • Our delivery of the art curriculum is cross curricular, linking to other areas of our learning.
  • We provide children with first hand experiences (trips and visitors eg, local artist).
  • We make use of quality books/resources/materials and online resources to enrich our art curriculum.
  • We promote awe and wonder opportunities, such as introducing an element of surprise, posing problems for children to investigate and solve and encouraging appreciation of detail through looking closely at natural objects.
  • We plan for a range of opportunities for children to explore concepts for themselves through continuous provision approach.
  • We encourage children to share opinions and responses to art and to ask their own questions (Wondering Walls), and to seek answers (applying the research skills they have been taught).
  • We promote reflection and evaluation to support the development of skills.
  • There are also numerous opportunities to take art outside, for example through outdoor artwork in EYFS, Garden and Grotto and Forest School.

In addition to this:

  • World Church collective worship introduces an understanding of similarities and differences in styles of art and architecture across the world.
  • Pause Days include Christmas and Easter traditions, celebrations and art across the world.
  • Our Art Gallery in the Hall celebrates children’s artwork and inspires children to create artwork of their own.
  • We promote collaboration, and our Pause Days often include the creation of large-scale collaborative artwork, such as our values canvasses.
  • ELSA activities often use art to explore and express emotions, as well as a mindful activity for calming down. 




Impact - How we know our vision has come to fruition

Our children are ready for the next stage of their educational journey through:

  • Having a love of art and creativity.
  • Valuing art as a mindful wellbeing activity (both looking at and creating art themselves), and understanding how it can make them feel calm, peaceful and happy.
  • Demonstrating an interest in subject, enthusiastic, self-led, motivated.
  • Having the ability to make links and reason, discussing artwork using subject specific vocabulary.
  • Being able to apply skills and knowledge they have gained to new situations.
  • Having an understanding of art, and of how to use different tools and media.

Skills Progression: Art                                                St Nicolas’ Infant School

In KS1, statements in bold are non-negotiable in order to reach Expected Standard (no Greater Depth option).


Reception EYFS

Year 1

Year 2

Art and Design Techniques: Drawing, Painting and Sculpture

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.

Work from observation to create images of people, objects and landscapes.

Begin to shape and scale drawings accurately.

Experiment with use of different pencils.

Begin to use pastels in different ways, including blending.




Be able to mix colours to create new colours and shades.

Choose appropriate colours to represent the subject.

Choose a brush of an appropriate size for the task.

Experiment with different types of paint to create different effects.


Shape and model mouldable materials and carve into media to create texture and detail.



Explore how to represent their ideas, experiences and imagination through art.

Work from observation to create increasingly accurate images of people, objects and landscapes.

Develop strategies to shape and scale drawings accurately.

Produce a growing range of patterns and textures using pencil.

Experiment with different types of pastels to create different effects.


Begin to explore the relationship between colour and moods or feelings.

Become increasingly confident at creating and using different shades of colour in their artwork.

Use brushes/tools to create different effects.



Shape and form mouldable materials from observation or imagination.

Use a range of decorative techniques to mark make.


Apply techniques they have learnt to communicate their own ideas, experiences and imagination through art. 

The Work of Artists

Begin to explore and create duplicate and artist inspired pieces

Demonstrate some knowledge about the work of a range of artists, craft makers and designers.

Discuss the work of a range of artists, craft makers and designers.


Describe similarities and differences between  practices and disciplines, and making links to their own work.