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Principles for Art Learning


We believe that a high quality art provision throughout Key Stage 2 should engage, inspire and challenge pupils, providing them with the knowledge and skills to experiment with, invent and create their own works of art. As pupils progress, they should be able to think critically and develop a more rigorous understanding of art, taking into account the effect of colour, size, scale, shape, shadow and tone. Children should also have an understanding of how art both reflects and shapes our history, and contributes to our modern day cultures and societies. Children should develop a respect for different art forms and begin to understand the possible deeper meanings behind some pieces of art work.


Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural Development & British Values within Art Learning


Art links closely with children’s spiritual, moral, social and cultural development and so SMSC areas are mapped closely alongside our Art curriculum. Children will often work on art projects in groups to build skills of cooperation, as well as providing each other with positive peer feedback to raise confidence and improve their skills development. Throughout all four years, children will have the opportunity to study famous artists of significant historical and global cultural standing, enabling pupils to expand their understanding of their place as artists within a wider context. Children are encouraged to take a pride in the sketchbooks they use throughout TAB Junior and view them as a space to record their artistic journey, using the skills of self-reflection and enquiry that help build self-esteem and critical understanding.


Organisation of Art Learning


The teaching of art at our school is about experimenting, developing skills, studying the work of other artists and enjoying working with a range of different materials to achieve different effects.

The art units of work are linked to topics where appropriate and the plans are created and developed by a group of teachers, the Subject Leader and the Assistant Head for each year group. Class teachers can then adapt the planning to create lessons that fit the needs and abilities of the artists in their classes.

Art lessons, on average, are an hour a week, however the format in which this takes place can vary according to the topic and other timetable commitments. Art is also important in other aspects of the curriculum separate from direct art teaching and learning, such as in the presentation of other work and contributing towards displays across the school.


There are five main areas of art that we study at TAB; drawing (sketching), painting, 3D sculpture, collage and printing. Many of these areas are visited on a regular basis (e.g. sketching and painting) in order to form the foundations for the other areas.


Skills Development in Art


At TAB we intend for the art curriculum to provide children with the opportunity to experiment with a range of different materials and develop the ability to manipulate these materials to create a desired effect. Over the four years here at TAB the children will be given the opportunities to develop an understanding about art work and how it impacts differently on different people. Children will have many opportunities to revisit certain techniques and practise key skills – such as moulding clay to create 3D form or using life drawing skills in portraiture – showing progression in artistic ability from Year 3 to Year 6. Teachers will plan and differentiate art lessons that allow the children to make progress using a skills continuum.


Assessing Art Learning


Many different forms of assessment are used in art at TAB, these include questioning, marking of books, peer assessment/ feedback, application of new learning to a different independent context and the monitoring of targets.


The children are encouraged to see art as a process that begins with a study and planning of a piece of work and ends with an evaluation of the work. As a result of this they develop the ability to self-reflect upon their achievements and develop a deeper understanding of why they or others chose to create their final piece in the way they did.


Enrichment of Art Learning


We have a fantastic Art Studio at TAB and are able to offer a wide range of clubs that will take place after school each week, starting in September. Throughout the year different groups of children also have access to a wide range of other artistic opportunities such as creating the structures for the Worthing Children’s Parade, attending more able art days both at our school and at other Worthing schools, being involved in eco projects and taking part in competitions to encourage art practice out of school.


The Art Studio offers a fantastic opportunity for children to be ‘artists’ in an environment where they can express themselves more creatively. It is fully resourced at all times and provides the children with choice over materials and techniques.


Resources to Support Art learning


Children who are interested in art hugely benefit from opportunities to see other people’s art work, therefore visits to museums and art galleries are a great way to inspire them further.


The BBC Bitesize website has lots of short video clips to give tips and ideas for new pieces of Art work.


There are fun tutorials for parents, children and teachers here at UK charity Access Art:


Colouring books – Children of all ages love colouring books and they are a fabulous way for the children to develop skills in an enjoyable way. Children can use colouring books to experiment with colour combinations, shading, colour for effects and the ability to be accurate.


If your child wants to experiment further, why not use recycled materials around the home to help them make an unusual ‘imagination’ sketchbook – using old envelopes, wrapping paper, bubble wrap, card, tin foil – they will need to think deeply as to how they can make marks on the pages and create exciting images that react successfully with the background.


Art in Action


“Drawing club is a really fun opportunity to spend more time doing Art and to develop my skills” – Charlotte, Year 6


“Going to Davison was a brilliant chance to work with other children in different year groups on an Art project. We used lots of different clay tools that we hadn’t used before. It was great!” – Elisa, Year 6


“The Art Studio is a great place to learn Art because there are so many different resources and materials in there.” – Zac, Year 6

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