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Art and Design


“Children see before they speak, make marks before they write, build before they walk. But their ability to appreciate and interpret what they observe, communicate what they think and feel, or make what they imagine and invent, is influenced by the quality of their art, craft and design education.” (Ofsted 2012:1)



Queen Mary Avenue Infants and Nursery School we value the importance of providing an Art and Design education that will engage, inspire and challenge our children.

Art and Design encourages creative and imaginative thinking and inspires children to experiment, invent and create their own works of art, craft and design in response to the knowledge they have acquired and the skills they have developed.

We encourage our children to reflect on and think critically about their own and others’ works of art, craft and design in order for them to develop a deeper understanding of art, craft and design. As a result our children start to appreciate the many disciplines that embody Art and Design and begin to develop an awareness of how the subject has influenced our history and continues to shape our future.

There are numerous studies confirming learning through creativity equips children with essential life skills, helping them to become inquisitive, imaginative, disciplined, develop persistence and work collaboratively. These are all skills that we strive to develop at Queen Mary Avenue Infants and Nursery School enabling our children to become successful learners.


At Queen Mary Avenue we follow the National Curriculum (2014) study of Art and Design which specifies children should;

  • 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

Foundation Stage

In Nursery and Reception Art and Design is taught through the “Expressive Arts and Design” strand of the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum with specific reference to “Exploring Media and Materials”. Children’s experience of Art and Design in the Foundation Stage comes from a balance of child-initiated and adult-led activities within Continuous Provision as well as specific taught elements.

Year One and Year Two

In Key Stage One children’s experience of Art and Design is predominantly based on cross curricular links with other subjects. Where Art and Design is taught explicitly as single subject this usually occurs within a six-week teaching block on rotation with other foundation subjects. Teachers ensure activities for Art and Design are planned in line with the National Curriculum programme of study and allow children to draw on their prior learning as well as further develop their knowledge, skills and understanding of art, craft and design. 

It is expected at the end of Key Stage One and in line with the National Curriculum (2014) children will be able to;

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