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At Parsonage Farm, Art is an important part of our curriculum across all year groups. Art is a fantastic way for all children of all ages to express themselves in a creative way. It engages, inspires and challenges our children and encourages them to think creatively. It encourages and equips the children with the skills, knowledge and imagination to design and creative inventive pieces of art.

In each year group, children are given the opportunity to explore a wide range of mediums, varying in different levels of skill. The art curriculum is split into different areas of skill which are: printing, drawing, painting, sculpture and textile. The children will also build on their skills in developing ideas and evaluating. Children will also learn about different artists during their time at Parsonage Farm. We celebrate the children’s creations through displays, assemblies and sharing work with children and parents.

Teaching and Learning

Our Art curriculum is based around the EYFS Framework (in Nursery and Reception) and the National Curriculum for KS1 (in Years 1 and 2).

National Curriculum

Purpose of study

Art, craft and design embody some of the highest forms of human creativity. 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, craft and design. As pupils progress, they should be able to think critically and develop a more rigorous understanding of art and design. They should also know how art and design both reflect and shape our history, and contribute to the culture, creativity and wealth of our nation.


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

Subject Content:

Key Stage 1

Pupils should be taught:

  • to use a range of materials creatively to design and make products
  • to use drawing, painting and sculpture to develop and share their ideas, experiences and imagination
  • to develop a wide range of art and design techniques in using colour, pattern, texture, line, shape, form and space
  • 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

EYFS Framework:

Early Learning Goal:

To safely use and explore a variety of materials, tools and techniques, experimenting with colour, design, texture, form and function.