At The Free School Norwich, we believe that Art education should be for everyone. As Art draws upon the sensory experiences, it is crucial to children’s educational development. It provides children with opportunities to develop and extend skills to express their individual interests and ideas, whilst also contributing to the child’s emotional, aesthetical, spiritual, intellectual and social development. The provision for Art at The Free School Norwich is designed to challenge the abilities, aptitudes and aims to motivate the child to express their own ideas creatively. The Art subject matter is broad and includes culturally and ethnically diverse artists. Children need to understand that art is made by all sorts of people, in a variety of ways, and should feel represented by the art and artists they are exposed to. The high quality teaching of Art at The Free School Norwich equips children with the skills to explore, experiment, create and invent their own work of art whilst engaging, inspiring and challenging pupils. As artists, children should be able to critically evaluate their work and the work of others, taking influence from well-known artists and adapting their work accordingly. As their skill set progresses, they should understand how art has changed the landscape, culture and history.


Children will:

  • 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.
  • explore the meanings in the work of artists, craft people and designers to help them learn about the different roles and about the functions of art, craft and design in their own lives and in different times and cultures.


The Free School Norwich uses a variety of teaching and learning styles in art lessons, with our principal aim being to develop the children’s knowledge, skills and understanding.  

We ensure that children can investigate, explore and develop ideas as well as evaluate, revisit and improve their own work.


Children are encouraged to reflect upon their work as individuals, in class groups and across the school. The children are provided with opportunities to share their work with peers from all classes and the wider school community.

Outcomes in sketch books, along with final pieces, demonstrate the journey that children have taken through their art lessons and demonstrate skills and knowledge acquired and refined throughout time taken in this subject. As children progress through the school, skills and knowledge are built upon and children explore a wide range of techniques and artistic materials to further enhance their talents.

Curriculum Progression

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