Wigton Nursery and Infant School

  1. Curriculum
  2. Curriculum subjects
  3. Art

Art and Design


Curriculum Intent

“Everything you can imagine is real.” — Picasso


The National Curriculum for Art and Design aims to ensure that all pupils:

  1. Produce creative work, exploring their ideas and recording 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 forms.

At Wigton Infant School, we want our Art & Design curriculum to be an open door for imagination to run wild. A high- quality Art and Design education should engage, inspire and challenge pupils, equipping them with the knowledge and skills to experiment, invent and create their own works of art and design. We want to provide our children with an Art and Design curriculum which enables them to become confident, creative and independent learners. We seek to broaden children's real-life experiences, both inside and outside of school, through educational visits, visitors, experimentation, exploration and discovery of a wide variety of art, in a range of media. 



“What one does is what counts and not what one had the intention of doing.” — Picasso

The teaching and implementation of the Art and Design Curriculum at Wigton Infant School is delivered by providing children with the opportunities to develop and extend their proficiency and skills in drawing & journaling, painting & colour, sculpture and texture (which includes textiles, collage, weaving & printing). Our children will develop these skills progressively and will also be encouraged to think critically about art, be reflective, and evaluate their own work and that of others. We have produced our own skills progression document which can be located at the end of the page. Throughout school, children are introduced to a range of work by different artists. This enables pupils to develop their knowledge and understanding of a wide variety of artistic styles and to extend their vocabulary in this area. Sketchbooks/journals are used within school to give children the opportunity to evaluate, analyse and re-visit their work and develop resilience by making and learning from mistakes.



We strive to ensure that our children’s attainment is in line with or exceeds their potential when we consider the varied starting points of all our children. At Wigton Infant School we can judge the success of our Art and Design curriculum in the following ways:

  • Using a clear progression of skills.
  • Pupil conferencing – are children happy, engaged, motivated to do well and challenged within the subject. Are children able to clearly express their ideas and opinions about Art? Do the children know the names of professional artists and their work?
  • Sketchbooks/Journals – do they show a clear learning journey and progression of skills?