Ninfield C of E Primary School

Diocese of Chichester Academy Trust


 Art and Design


At Ninfield CE Primary School, we want our children to love art and design.  We want them to have no limits to what their ambitions are and grow up to be happy and enthusiastic in all they set out to achieve.   


We have created a broad, flexible and motivating curriculum that recognises the different talents of all children and delivers excellence for all. The school is committed to promoting and raising achievement within the Art and Design by covering the skills set out within the National Curriculum. 


We do this by ensuring that students have the opportunity to engage in a broad, balanced and differentiated education through access to a range of creative mediums.  It enables children of all abilities to communicate what they see, feel and think through the use of colour, texture, form, pattern and different materials and processes.


At Ninfield School we recognise that children are creative beings prior to their arrival and through their varied experiences at school and within the world around them will continue to evolve and grow. 


At Ninfield CE Primary School we aim to ensure that all pupils:

  • Have the opportunity to record from first-hand experience and from imagination.
  • Develop opportunities to select their own ideas for use in their work.
  • Develop creativity and imagination through a range of complex activities.
  • develop the ability to control materials, tools and techniques;
  • Increase their critical awareness of the roles and purposes of art and design in different times and cultures.
  • Develop increasing confidence in the use of visual and tactile elements and materials.
  • Foster an enjoyment and appreciation of the visual arts and a knowledge of artists, craftspeople and designers.


Curriculum Implementation

  • At Ninfield CE School art is taught:
  • Through discreet lessons where children will learn and develop specific skills
  • Through a range of cross curricular experiences where they can apply key skills
  • Each child has a sketchbook. Children use their sketchbooks to make initial sketches, develop skills, record ideas and develop opinions.
  • Throughout their time at Ninfield CE School every child is given the opportunity to learn the skills of drawing, painting, printing, sculpture and digital art through the exploration of key artists, craft makers and designers
  • Through discussion, the pupils explore how their art can share commonalities with famous art and use subject-specific vocabulary to discuss key artworks and their own work.
  • Through discussion, children are provided with opportunities to share their opinions and make informed observations about what will improve their own practical work.



The impact of this curriculum 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 Ninfield CE School reaching at least 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, through corridor displays as well as in celebration assemblies. 


At Ninfield C.E Primary School, we have worked hard to ensure a broad and balanced curriculum that challenges all children to reach their full potential. 


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.

 In Key Stage 2, where we have mixed age classes, we endeavour to provide the children with the opportunity to develop and build upon skills previously learnt. 

Our Art and design curriculum has been designed to link closely with history and geography and will run across a two year rolling programme enabling the children to enjoy and experience art in a variety of contexts and to ensure that children in Key Stage 2 cover all aspects of the Art and design National Curriculum.

art curriculum long term plan

art skills progression