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Enfield Learning Trust

Art & Design


We aim to ensure that all pupils develop:

  • the ability to produce creative work, exploring their ideas and recording their experiences.
  • proficiency in drawing, painting, sculpture and other art, craft and design techniques.
  • the ability to evaluate and analyse creative works using the language of art, craft and design.
  • knowledge about great artists, craft makers and designers, and understand the historical and cultural development of their art forms.
  • the ability to use visual language skillfully and convincingly (for example, line, shape, pattern, colour, texture, form) to express emotions, interpret observations.
  • convey insights and accentuate their individuality.
  • the ability to communicate fluently in visual and tactile form.
  • the ability to draw confidently and adventurously from observation, memory and imagination.
  • the ability to explore and invent marks, develop and deconstruct ideas and communicate perceptively and powerfully through purposeful drawing in 2D, 3D or 
  • digital media.
  • an impressive knowledge and understanding of other artists, craftmakers and designers.
  • the ability to think and act like creative practitioners by using their knowledge and understanding to inform, inspire and interpret ideas, observations and feelings.
  • independence, initiative and originality which they can use to develop their creativity.
  • the ability to select and use materials, processes and techniques skillfully and inventively to realise intentions and capitalise on the unexpected.
  • the ability to reflect on, analyse and critically evaluate their own work and that of others.
  • a passion for and a commitment to the subject.


  • 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.



  • The curriculum is the progression model. If pupils are able to demonstrate they are able to know and remember more against our curriculum expectations they are making good progress and attaining expected standards.
  • During and/after lessons, pupils are assessed through informal assessment techniques: questioning, conferencing, reviewing work against learning objective/success criteria, short retrieval activities.
  • At the end of units, pupils are assessed using high quality conversations and their creation of artistic pieces, based on the unit of work.  

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