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 designed to inspire all children to                express their ideas creatively. 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. Central to this is learning about great artists, craft makers and designers enabling our children to evaluate and analyse creative works. We feel it crucial for children to participate and develop a passion for art and design, to develop their cultural capacity and unlock children’s wider potential.


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


Implementation – We implement this by following a cycle of 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 kinds of art, craft and design; quality first teaching and showing resilience and motivation. Crucial to this is a rich learning environment that encourages children to use and apply their skills and understanding to communicate their ideas creatively, imaginatively and independently.




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


Impact – Our 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.