The teaching and implementation of the Art and Design Curriculum at Chigwell Row Infant School is based on the National Curriculum and are taught as part of an exciting, termly topic. Areas covered include sculpture, painting, print-making, drawing and collage. 

The children's learning is further enhanced throughout the curriculum children have the opportunity for collaborative working and exploring the different styles and techniques of a range of artists. The work of famous local artists are explored and to enhance the children's learning supported by tailored workshops delivered by Epping Forest Museum for example, print-maker Walter Spradbury and children’s book illustrator, Jill Barklem. 


In Early Years Foundation Stage pupils explore and use a variety of media and materials through a combination of child initiated and adult directed activities. They have opportunities to learn to: 

  • Explore the textures, movement, feel and look of different media and materials 

  • Respond to a range of media and materials, develop their understanding of them in order to manipulate and create different effects. 

  • Use different media and materials to express their own ideas 

  • Explore colour and use for a particular purpose 

  • Develop skills to use simple tools and techniques competently and appropriately 

  • Select appropriate media and techniques and adapt their work where necessary 


In Key stage One pupils are 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. 


Summative assessments take place throughout the year and teachers record the progress and attainment against the National Curriculum expectations of attainment. Teachers use this information to inform future lessons; ensuring children are supported and challenged appropriately. This data is analysed on a termly basis to inform and address any trends or gaps in attainment. Further information is gathered through pupil questionnaires; highlighting strengths and achievement and any improvements, knowledge and skills that still need to be embedded. Final end of year assessments are made using assessment criteria that has been developed in line with the national curriculum, thus identifying the level in which the child is working.  Children in Foundation Stage are assessed within Expressive Arts and Design and their progress is tracked termly using the Early Excellence tracker system. Age related expectation levels are reported to parents at the end of the reception year.