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Enfield Learning Trust

Art & Design


  • We believe that art is a vital part of pupils' education and has a significant and valuable role in the taught National Curriculum, as well as the enrichment opportunities we offer.
  • Art and design provides opportunities for pupils to develop a range of ways in which they can share and express their individual creativity, whilst learning about and making links with the wide variety of art in our society. 
  • We aim to deliver a high-quality art and design curriculum which engages, inspires and challenges pupils, equipping them with the knowledge and skills to experiment, invent and create their own pieces of art and design.
  • All pupils are provided with opportunities to express themselves through a range of chosen mediums. They gain the confidence to experiment with a variety of materials, to use drawing, painting and sculpting techniques to bring their ideas to life, and to practise art and design techniques when using colour, pattern, texture, line, shape, form and space. 
  • Through curriculum progression, pupils should be able to think critically and develop a more rigorous understanding of art and design. They should also gain an awareness of how art and design both reflect and shape our history, and contribute to the culture, creativity and wealth of our nation.  



  • The skills and knowledge that our pupils will develop throughout their art units are mapped out across each year group and key stage to ensure progression. Where possible, we link the pupils’ art and design units to other curriculum areas, such as history and geography.
  • Pupils are given opportunities to express their creative imagination, as well as practise and develop mastery in the key processes of art: drawing, painting, printing, textiles and sculpture.
  • Our specialist art teacher ensures the art work planned for pupils is demanding and matches the aims of the Art and Design National Curriculum.
  • Content is presented clearly, promoting appropriate discussion and ensuring pupils can explore, discuss and evaluate the work of artists, designers, makers, architects and photographers that they are studying.
  • Our high-quality art and design curriculum is supported by a specialist art teacher and the availability of quality resources in our Creative Hub, which are used to support pupils’ confidence in the use of different media.
  • Pupils knowledge and skills in art and design are further enhanced by carefully planned visits and workshops to a variety of galleries. These visits not only enhance their learning experiences but also their cultural awareness.



  • We use a variety of strategies such as regular and consistent feedback, coherently planned and demanding learning experiences and the use of individual sketchbooks to evaluate the knowledge, skills and understanding that our pupils have gained during each half-termly unit.
  • Pupils are expected to think critically, discuss and express their options and views on artists work, their own work and that of their peers. As a result, pupils develop detailed knowledge and a wide variety of skills across the art and design curriculum and achieve the best possible outcomes producing work of a high quality. This is also demonstrated throughout the school in creative displays.
  • CPD is planned to ensure that teacher pedagogy and assessment is secure.
  • Subject monitoring, including book looks, is carried out by the senior leadership team.


Please find available for download the Art & Design Primary National Curriculum.