At Winterbourne Nursery and Infants we recognise that Art and Design can provide all children and the wider community, regardless of their background, gender, ability or aptitude, with the opportunities to develop and extend skills and an opportunity to express their individual interests, thoughts and ideas.

Our school understands that Art, craft and design embody some of the highest forms of human creativity. We believe that by delivering a high-quality art and design education we will 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 our pupils progress, they will be able to think critically and develop a more rigorous understanding of art and design. They will also explore how art and design reflects and shapes our history and contributes to the culture, creativity and wealth of our nation. They will become familiar with and inspired by the work of others past and present, a range of artists themselves as well as a breadth of materials and techniques. They will be able to leave their own mark on this world.


At Winterbourne Nursery and Infants, we refer to the EYFS framework as guidance for our provision in Nursery and Reception. For Years 1 and 2 we follow the statutory requirements laid down in the National Curriculum For Key Stage 1 . The whole school uses references such as Access Art for planning and providing stimulus materials. Art and design is taught in blocks such as art weeks, stand-alone sessions and wherever with appropriate cross curricular links. Home learning and competitions provides opportunities for parental involvement.


The provision will include unusual or interesting materials and resources that inspire exploration such as textured wall coverings, raffia, string, translucent paper or water-based glues with colour added. Practitioners will encourage and support the inventive ways in which children add, or mix media, or wallow in a particular experience.

They will be taught to safely use and explore a variety of materials, tools and techniques, experimenting with colour, design, texture, form and function. They will form a bank of skills, knowledge and understanding on which to build in year 1.

Key Stage 1

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.

Pupils should be 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
  • to make links to their own work.


The impact of this curriculum design will lead to outstanding progress over time across key stages relative to a child’s individual starting point and their progression of skills. Children will therefore be expected to leave our school reaching age-related expectations for Art and Design. Our Art and Design curriculum will also lead pupils to be enthusiastic Art and Design learners, evidenced in a range of ways, including pupil voice, their final pieces and sketchbooks. We ensure that children who are achieving well, as well as those who need additional support, are identified, and additional provision and strategies are planned in and discussed with class teachers. Achievements are celebrated in classrooms during learning walks, communal displays, and by building in increasing connections with other organisations and the local community. We aim to develop our future artists and their appreciation of the art around them.