Our Art curriculum at Chigwell Row encourages children to be inspired by the world around them and engage in art using a range of materials and mediums. Children are encouraged to express themselves using various skills and techniques, and are provided with opportunities to share their work with the school community and parents to promote feelings of success when a project is completed. 

Through class input children learn about different artists and techniques to further their understanding of artists and cultures throughout history, developing a respect and understanding of the multicultural society in which we live.


Using the Kapow scheme of work to support and adapt planning in the Early Years and KS1, children are given the opportunity to be explorative and experimental, promoting resilience and independence in their learning. Children develop their skills by building upon their prior knowledge and projects make cross-curricular links to make the learning purposeful and meaningful. 

In Key stage 1 our curriculum follows a Year A and B cycle. Art is taught for one half term per term, and alternates with DT. This allows children the time  to completely immerse themselves within the topic. 

Lessons outside of the Kapow scheme in both the EYFS and KS1 make cross-curricular links and are planned around key festivals and events, for example Mother’s day, Christmas, Valentines day, Easter, etc. These festivals provide children with the opportunities to develop their creative skills in creating various gifts, cards, and culturally significant objects for the school and their families.


We measure the impact of our curriculum through the following methods:

  • Assessing children’s understanding of topic linked vocabulary before and after the unit is taught as well as during the lessons. 
  • Marking of work in books (where appropriate)
  •  Images and videos of the children’s practical learning
  • Interviewing the pupils about their learning (pupil voice)
  • Adult questioning and prompting
  • Observations of the pupils’ abilities during the creation of different projects.

Our Art Curriculum Map

art topic overview template.pdf