Market Drayton Infant & Nursery School

‘An excellent, happy school, where we enjoy learning’

Art and Design

As Artists we want children to:

Implementation - How Do We Deliver the Art Curriculum?

Our Art Curriculum design is based on Chris Quigley Essentials Curriculum. Underpinned by the curriculum drivers, our art curriculum sets out:

A clear list of breadth of topics that will be covered.

This includes the areas of art that we cover.  At early years, this is rooted in the children’s everyday experiences, which may be inspired by artists.  As they move into years one and two, they focus on developing their skills in drawing, painting and sculpture. They look at artists, including Van Gogh and Clarice Cliff.  As they progress into KS2 (Year 3-6), they build on the skills covered in KS1 and develop their printing skills.  They look at artists, including, Henri Rousseau and Andy Warhol.

The road map gives you a really good overview of our topics from nursery to Year 6.


The ‘threshold concepts’ are what pupils should understand.  In Art, these are returned to again and again across all year groups, they are what develops us as artists.  These include:

  • Developing ideas 
  • Mastering techniques
  • Take inspiration from the greats


This returning to the same thing again and again is called interleaving.

The detailed progression can be found in the document below.

Art Curriculum Pathway and Progression Map Coming Soon

Impact - How Do We Help Children Get to a Deep Level of Understanding?

Through the explicit teaching of skills in art, both the teachers and the pupils assess their learning continuously throughout the lesson. To help children get to a deep level of understanding we return to the threshold concepts again and again. 

Children develop each concept over time and it takes a two-year period to get to a deeper level of understanding at the appropriate age.  For example, in year one, children will have a basic understanding of art at an age appropriate level, but by revisiting this they should have a deeper level of understanding and have developed their skills by year two.  Progression in their work as artists is shown in their sketch books.