The arts are essential in both education and life. Through art, children develop self-expression and creativity and can build confidence as well as a sense of individual identity. Art gives the opportunity to develop problem-solving skills and the ability to think outside the box as well as promoting diversity, respect and intercultural understanding. Our art curriculum at Carfield will develop children’s skills and knowledge in a range of media and specialisms as well as exposing children to the work of a diverse group of creative practitioners working today as well as in the past.  Our art curriculum is ambitious, broad and balanced for all pupils including those with SEN and/or disabilities.

Art lessons are underpinned by our Art Key Concepts or ‘Big Ideas’ in order to not only provide children with knowledge but also develop artistic skills, allowing them to express themselves, develop confidence and prepare them for their next steps in their art education. Art units are planned to ensure that lessons build upoYour Title Goes Heren the Big Ideas and that units always work towards children developing their understanding and skills in these areas.


  • Children have been exposed to a wide variety of artists, architects, designers and craftspeople and are able discuss what they know about them as well as express their own opinions on their work.
  • Children derive inspiration from the work of the artists and craftspeople they have studied and can explain how this influence has impacted their own work or artistic style.


  • Children have developed and honed their skills in a range of art and design techniques and are confident choosing and using a range of media and tools in their work.
  • Children are able to evaluate and adapt their artistic skills and ideas over time in order to produce carefully thought out, well-developed artworks.


  • Children know that art is used as a form of expression and understand its importance for individuals and within communities across the world.
  • Children use art as a way to express their own ideas, thoughts and feelings.

Art at Carfield is taught through cross-curricular topics to allow children to get a greater understanding of how the creative arts link to other subjects. Art is taught on a half-termly rotation with Design and Technology depending on the topic being taught.

The Carfield Art and DT Overview 2022-2023 maps out the art and design curriculum and outcomes for the year. Across the year, all year groups will study a painting and drawing unit as well as two other units covering either 3D form, print, or collage/mixed media. These units are spread across KS1 and KS2 to ensure that children build their knowledge and skills in each specialism across their time at primary school.

Teachers use medium-term plans created by the art subject leader in order to ensure that there is clear progression as the children move through school. Lessons and units of work are carefully sequenced to build on prior learning and to ensure that learning is revisited regularly. Lessons are planned and sequenced to ensure that learning builds towards a quality outcome. Knowledge organisers are used for art so that children can refer to these regularly in order to consolidate key knowledge and vocabulary.

Each art lesson links to at least one of the Big Ideas (inspiration, experimentation, expression) and this is shared with the children at the start of each session. These big ideas encompass our aims at Carfield and teach the children what it takes to be a successful artist. By regularly referencing these big ideas, children are taught to evaluate their own learning and to make sure that they know what success looks like in art.

Every teacher is a teacher of special educational needs. Therefore we endeavour, as a team, to meet the needs of each individual through reasonable adjustments and targeted approaches, as per the SEND code of practice. All of which is done in collaboration with pupils, parents, staff and where appropriate external services. For those children with SEN and/or disabilities, we ensure they have the support that they require according to their individual needs in order to access and achieve in art. We remove barriers, make reasonable adjustments, adapt and personalise learning opportunities and use aids in order to maximise potential. We are committed to ensuring that all barriers to learning are overcome without compromising progress, quality of learning, access to the curriculum or equipment.


Our art curriculum will ensure that children leave us being able to understand the key themes of what it is to be a successful artist. The high-quality art experiences the children receive will inspire children’s curiosity and foster a love for creativity. Children develop the necessary subject knowledge and skills so they are ready for the next stage of their education with a love for art which is developed from their time at Carfield. Pupils at Carfield will be able to understand how to create and evaluate effectively thinking about their own art work, skills use and how they want to implement any changes to develop their work. Our art curriculum prepares pupils with SEND for the next stage of their art education.