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At Broadfield, we believe that the Art curriculum should be accessible to all and support the development of every pupil’s ability to reach their full potential. It aims to fulfil the requirements of the National Curriculum for Art and Design and foster an enjoyment and appreciation of the visual arts. Our intent is to provide opportunities for children to develop as confident, articulate and well-rounded children who can succeed as individuals and contribute to their community and the wider world. During their time at Broadfield, we aim to provide pupils with a broad, balanced and progressive curriculum which develops not only pupil’s skills and knowledge but also their enjoyment of art.


The National Curriculum for Art and Design aims to ensure that all pupils:
1. Produce creative work, explore their ideas and record their experiences.
2. Become proficient in drawing, painting, sculpture and other art, craft and design techniques.
3. Evaluate and analyse creative works using the language of art, craft and design.
4. Know about great artists, craft makers and designers, and understand the historical and cultural development of their art form.


In addition to the National Curriculum Broadfield aims to ensure that all pupils:

  1. Investigate, analyse, experiment and work expressively to explore and record their observations, imagination, feelings and personal responses when engaged in creative processes and when making outcomes.
  2. Act with purpose to develop skills, selecting and controlling suitable tools and systems with increasing proficiency to achieve intended outcomes.
  3. Have opportunities to work in a range of scales, in two and three dimensions.
  4. Have opportunities to work in a variety of processes and media which include:
  • Drawing for different purposes and using a range of media.
  • Painting for different purposes and in different ways, exploring diverse techniques and processes, using a range of media and a variety of tools.
  • Sculpture for different purposes and using different materials.
  • Textiles to explore the properties of textile materials and design garments.
  • Collage using a range of papers and adding to them using a range of media.
  1. Develop a vocabulary relevant to art, craft and design.



At Broadfield we will achieve this by:

  • Teaching Art regularly. The pupils will cover an Art topic for half a term at least three times across the academic year.
  • Having additional opportunities to engage with Art activities throughout the school year such as Art clubs and competitions.
  • Celebrating pupil’s effort, progress and achievement in Art by sharing their work through displays, school newsletter/website and assemblies.
  • Linking Art closely to the class topic to ensure relevance and context.
  • Using sketchbooks from Key Stage One to ensure pupils are exposed to the skills and knowledge related to collating a sketchbook.
  • Using selected pathways from Access Art Primary Curriculum to support the teaching of a skills-based curriculum, which covers drawing, painting, sculpture, printing and textiles.
  • Adapting the curriculum to meet the needs of all pupils.
  • Ensuring that all pupils are introduced to artists, craftspeople and designers linked to the skills or topic they are covering to enable them to develop their knowledge and appreciation of the visual arts.
  • Providing opportunities to explore the work of artists, crafts people, architects, and designers that include examples selected from both male and female practitioners, examples from diverse genres, periods and cultures, exploring a range of different intentions and including examples selected from physical and virtual forms of expression.
  • Enabling pupils to develop and apply their reading and writing skills alongside their speaking and listening skills as they research, communicate, analyse, critically evaluate and review the work of significant artists, craftspeople, architects, and designers.


In the Early Years Foundation Stage, pupils are encouraged to engage with the arts, enabling them to explore and play with a wide range of media and materials through a combination of child initiated and adult directed opportunities. The opportunities are planned using the Physical Development and Expressive Arts and Design sections of the Development Matters and Early Learning Goals documents with inspiration also taken from the Access Arts EYFS pathways.

Pupils in Acorns have opportunities to:

  • Begin developing a love and enjoyment of Art processes.
  • Explore paint, using fingers and other parts of their bodies as well as brushes and other tools.
  • Express ideas and feelings through making marks, and sometimes give a meaning to the marks they
  • Explore different materials, using all their senses toinvestigate them.
  • Manipulate and play with different materials.
  • Use their imagination as they consider what they can do with different materials.
  • Make simple models which express their ideas.
  • Develop manipulation and control.

Pupils in Nursery have opportunities to:

  • Begin developing a love and enjoyment of Art processes.
  • Explore different materials freely, to develop their ideas about how to use them and what to
  • Join different materials and explore different
  • Create closed shapes with continuous lines and begin to use these shapes to represent objects.
  • Draw with increasing complexity and detail, suchas representing a face with a circle and including details.
  • Use drawing to represent ideas like movement, emotions orloud noises.
  • Explore colour and colour mixing.
  • Use one-handed tools and equipment, for example, making snips in paper with scissors.
  • Use a comfortable grip with good control when holding pens and pencils.
  • Show a preference for a dominant hand.

Pupils in Reception have opportunities to:

  • Develop a love and enjoyment of Art and its processes.
  • Explore, use and refine a variety of artistic effects to express their ideas and feelings.
  • Return to and build on their previous learning, refining ideas and developing their ability to represent them.
  • Create collaboratively, sharing ideas, resources and
  • Develop their small motor skills so that they can use a range of tools competently, safely and confidently including pencils for drawing and writing, paintbrushes and scissors.
  • Safely use and explore a variety of materials, tools and techniques, experimenting with colour, design, texture, form and function.
  • Begin to show accuracy and care when drawing.

In Key Stage One pupils have opportunities to:

  • Continue to develop their love and enjoyment of Art and its processes.
  • Use a range of materials creatively as they investigate, experiment and explore materials and processes informing the way that they design and make products and expressive outcomes.
  • Use drawing, painting, sculpture and a range of processes which include digital media and three-dimensional work to develop and share their ideas, experiences and imagination.
  • Learn how to investigate, explore, design, create and make as they use and develop their skills knowledge and understanding gained through the key processes of :
  • Drawing
  • Colour
  • Assembling/constructing and making, forming and modelling.
  • Printing and pattern
  • Designing
  • Selecting, collecting, assembling, cutting, tearing, sticking and collaging.
  • Capturing and manipulating images.
  • Developing and using creative, critical and technical language
  • Using number to manage concepts.
  • Discover and start to develop a wide range of art, craft and design processes and techniques in using colour, pattern, texture, line, shape, tone, form and space.
  • Learn 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.
  • Share their developing views and ideas, through reading, speaking and listening, using this to inform their own creative actions.
  • Work both individually and collaboratively with others.


In Key Stage Two pupils have opportunities to:

  • Further develop their love and enjoyment of Art process.
  • Create sketch books and methods of recording to generate, develop, research and record their observations and use them to review and revisit ideas.
  • Develop design skills through research, investigation, exploration and experimentation, learning how to document and record their thinking and ideas; suggesting alternatives, speculating, hypothesising to develop imagination and ideas for alternatives and improvements in their own work.
  • Develop, evaluate and improve their mastery of a variety of art, craft and design techniques, to include drawing, painting and sculpture with a range of materials such as pencils, charcoal, paint, clay and digital technologies, and make work in two and three dimensions with a range of different media.
  • Further develop and extend their skills, knowledge and understanding gained through the key processes of:
  • Drawing
  • Physical mixing of colours
  • Painting
  • Assembling/constructing and making, forming and modelling.
  • Printing and pattern
  • Researching, selecting, collecting, assembling, cutting, tearing, sticking, layering and collaging.
  • Capturing and manipulating images.
  • Developing and using creative, critical and technical language
  • Apply the use number to manage concepts.
  • Learn about great and significant artists, craftspeople, architects, and designers in history and also within contemporary and future contexts
  • Share and document their developing views and ideas, to understand why artists and designers work in the ways that they do, make decisions and
    use this to inform their own creative actions, through reading, writing, speaking and listening.
  • Work both individually and collaboratively with others.


During their time at Broadfield, in their study, reflection and response to the work of artists, craftspeople and designers, and to the social and historic context in which they worked, pupils develop their spiritual, moral, social and cultural understanding alongside British Values.

Pupils have opportunities to:

Spiritual development:

  • Develop a sense of fascination, awe and wonder when studying the work of others.
  • Reflect on or about the beliefs and values using their imagination, creativity, and developing curiosity in their learning.
  • Express themselves through their own art and design activities.

Moral development

  • Develop and apply an understanding of right and wrong through the moral, social and ethical implications of products they use.
  • Respond positively to a range of artistic and other cultural opportunities.
  • Develop the skills and attitudes to enable them to participate fully and positively in democratic modern Britain and international cultures.
  • Discuss how artists and designers represent moral issues through their work.


Social development

  • Collaborate creatively and responsibly in a range of activities requiring social skills, emotional intelligence and team working.
  • Develop a respect for the creative practice of others.


Cultural development

  • Develop awareness of and respect for diversity in relation to e.g. gender, race, age, religion and belief, culture and disability.
  • Understand and appreciate the range of different cultures within school, the wider community and further afield to inform the creative development and as an essential element of their preparation for life.
  • Reflect on the ways in which cultures are represented in art and design.
  • Develop understanding of the ideas behind art, craft and design in different cultural contexts.


British Values


  • Consider the views of others in shared activities.

The Rule of Law

  • Undertake safe practices, following class rules during projects and activities for the benefit of all.
  • Understand the consequences if rules are not followed.

Individual Liberty

  • Work within boundaries to make safe choices in Art and Design.
  • Make own choices within art and design projects.
  • Tolerance of those with different beliefs.
  • Experience and talk about Art and Design work from different cultures.
  • Use Art and Design pieces to learn about different cultures around the world.

Mutual Respect

  • Behave appropriately allowing all participants the opportunity to work effectively.
  • Review each other’s work respectfully.
  • Work together on projects, help and advise others.


Assessment in Art and Design

Assessment in art, craft and design takes account of all aspects of pupils’ learning and
achievement. This includes, not only what pupils make, but also how they make it,
what skills they acquire and what they know about the tools and materials they use.
Assessment also takes account of what they know about the world of art, craft and
design which places their own work in the wider cultural context. Teachers assess progress in art, craft and design through a variety of means and use
different kinds of evidence. They consider both the quality of the products that pupils
make and the skills they exhibit as they use tools, materials and processes. To assess
their knowledge teachers listen to pupils talking about art, craft and design and read
what they write. The evidence for assessment occurs in different forms and at
different times through the course of a unit of work. Teachers use assessment grids based on NSEAD Progression and Assessment Framework based on the National Curriculum aims to record pupils progress. Pupils are assessed against statements for their year group under the four progress objectives. Pupils who consistently make more progress than their peers will be supported, not by constantly moving them on to different experiences, but by providing further opportunities to deepen and extend their skills and knowledge
within the context of the current unit of work.


Cultural Capital        

During a pupil’s time at Broadfield we aim to provide them with the following Cultural Capital opportunities:

  • Not to just experience the arts and culture but to actively take part and create their own.
  • After school clubs.
  • Competitions both in school and wider community.
  • First hand experiences in school such as whole school art gallery.
  • Visits within the local area to provide first hand inspiration for relevant topics.
  • Watch art videos online to increase access to places we are unable to visit such as international galleries or museums.

Incorporate local artists, craft makers and designers into relevant topics.


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