Castle Bromwich

Infant and Nursery School

Reach for the Stars

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Art and Design at CBINS


Intent - Our Art and Design curriculum is a knowledge rich curriculum that is designed to inspire all children to express their ideas creatively. The curriculum is designed to enable children to learn by making connections between the work of artists, architects, designers and their own work, which they evaluate and relate back to the works they have studied. We encourage our children to become artists by experimenting and exploring with a range of different materials and techniques. This underpins originality and invention in their own works of art, craft and design. Meaningful opportunities for self-expression and individual response are woven throughout the curriculum, giving children space to learn who they are as an artist. This allows the children to approach their study of art with a degree of confidence and ‘expertise’ and to consolidate their knowledge by creating connections between the different disciplines.


Curriculum Drivers


Big ideas



  • Learning for Life
  • Learning together; Making connections
  • Learning and Living Healthily
  • Learnning and Living in our Community and the Wider World
  • Experimenting and exploring
  • Creative expression
  • Analysing and evaluating
  • Progression of skills and knowledge
  • Builds on, embeds and deepens prior learning
  • Practical exploration, creation and expression underpin teaching and learning


ImplementationWe implement this by following a cycle of a 7 – part lessons, learning experiences that builds on and embeds prior skills and knowledge in order to meet and go beyond national expectations as outlined in the EYFS and KS1 curricula. Children learn to become artists through: play and experimentation; discussion and talk with peers and knowledgeable adults; developing techniques with creativity and an awareness of different elements of art, (line, shape, colour, tone, form, space, visual texture and tone) and how an artist combines these elements and produces art in different styles showing resilience and motivation.




Support and challenge


Retaining knowledge

  • Modelling through clear presentation of subject matter
  • Responsive and adaptive to the needs of children
  • Assessment for learning throughout
  • Promoting independence through learning and play
  • Impactful questioning that promotes deeper thinking and talk
  • Promoting the use of everyday language, the language of learning e.g. compare, analyse etc... and subject specific vocabulary e.g. line, tone, shape and form
  • Developmentally appropriate that leads to high levels of productivity
  • Scaffolding through resources, models, peer support and adult interaction
  • Modelling skills and techniques
  • Delving deeper through questioning, both adult led and child led
  • Use feedback, learning conversations, play partnering and sustained shared thinking strategies to reinforce and extend learning


  • Sequential mapping and skills progression that revisits and reinforces taught content
  • Learning environment that reinforces taught knoweldge and encourages application to new learning with continuous provision inviting children to turn to art and design as part of their play and exploration
  • Apply skills and knowledge into new contexts by making links to previous learning


ImpactOur Art and Design curriculum leads to good progress across the school. At the end of EYFS children become more proficient in using art, craft and design techniques, can begin to use technical vocabulary and improve their enquiry skills and inquisitiveness about the world around them. At the end of KS1, children build on the vocabulary, skills and knowledge acquired in EYFS and show greater proficiency and competence, as well as articulating their thoughts and giving more reasoned opinions about their own and work of others.