Art Curriculum – Sequence and Progression.



Our aim is that our children will be inspired to create, experience and participate in arts and culture, build the confidence, resilience and drive that will help them grow into happy, articulate, successful young people, and embed arts, culture and creativity across our whole school.

In order to achieve this we are working towards gaining the Arts mark award – the creative quality standard for schools, accredited by Arts Council England. This award provides a clear framework for teachers to plan, develop and evaluate arts, culture and creativity across the curriculum. We want art to be at a central part of our curriculum. The children at Stillness infants achieve well in art. We believe our high quality art curriculum will engage, inspire and challenge our children, equipping them with the knowledge and skills needed to create their own works of art. We are proud of our dedicated art room and our art specialist, which enables the children to create artwork of a very high quality. All children’s art is highly valued, displayed with pride, and children at the school regularly mention art among their favourite subjects. 


In Year 1 and 2 our art curriculum is self-designed, based on the national curriculum aims so all children will have the opportunity to:

  • produce creative work, exploring their ideas and recording their experiences;
  • become proficient in drawing, painting, sculpture and other art techniques;
  • evaluate and analyse creative works using the language of art;
  • know about great artists, craft makers and designers, and understand the historical and cultural development of their art forms.


KS1 National Curriculum Subject content states that children should be taught:

  • to use drawing, painting and sculpture to develop and share their ideas, experiences and imagination
  • to develop a wide range of art 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.


In our Early Years art is embedded in our EYFS topics.  Our topics provide the children with a wide range of opportunities to engage in creative activities to make sense of the world around them and record it in their chosen ways.  Throughout the year, we provide opportunities for children to experiment and develop how they record what they imagine. We develop their early awareness and understanding of the use of colour and tone, pattern, line, shape and space, form, texture and movement.  We provide stimulating activities for the children to develop relevant skills. The children can express their ideas and interests using a wide variety of materials and techniques to create pictures and models. 


Early Learning Goals

  • Expressive Arts and Design
  • Exploring and using media and materials
  • They safely use and explore a variety of materials, tools and techniques, experimenting with colour, design, texture, form and function.


Being imaginative

  • Children use what they have learnt about media and materials in original ways, thinking about uses and purposes.
  • They represent their own ideas, thoughts and feelings through design and technology, art, music, dance, role play and stories.


When designing our art curriculum we have considered closely how it will challenge social disadvantage by addressing any gaps in children’s knowledge or skills. We provide the following opportunities for all children:

  • Head teacher’s art challenge linked to artist of the half term, or linked to other curriculum learning.
  • Lunch time Art club (Disadvantaged children will be given priority)
  • Individual ‘Arts Award’ for all Y1 /Y2 children.
  • Working towards the Arts mark.
  • Art Christmas card designs for parents to purchase (free for disadvantaged children)
  • Artist of the half term.
  • Yearly whole school Art Exhibition linked to ‘Take one Picture’ from the National Gallery, Barbican LSO concert.
  • Whole school Art Installation – linked to Remembrance Day.
  • Art ambassadors to contribute their art ideas across our school.
  • Links with music curriculum – ‘BBC Ten pieces’, Kandinsky – Children’s art responses from music.




Headteacher: Annie Grimes

Deputy Headteacher: Sian Bannister

School opening times: 9:00am-12:00pm

Nursery opening times: 9:00am-12:00pm

Address: Stillness Infant School
Brockley Rise
London SE23 1NH


©2016 Stillness Infant School

Website by Letterpress Design Ltd