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Principles for Art Learning


We believe that high quality art provision throughout Key Stage 2 should engage, inspire and challenge pupils, providing them with the knowledge and skills to experiment, invent and confidently create their own works of art. As pupils progress, they should be able to innovate, reflect 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; they should develop a respect for different art forms and begin to understand the possible deeper meanings behind some pieces of art work.


The TAB Way Visions and Values within Art Learning


Art links closely with children’s spiritual, moral, social and cultural development and so we encourage children to assess their art progress in terms of how they are using our four core TAB Way values: embracing challenge, being responsible, showing respect and contributing to a community. 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


Our learning intentions in Art stem from three core areas: Explore, Research and Design. Focusing learning in these areas enables children to make good progress by experimenting and developing their imagination, studying the work of other artists and demonstrating skills development with a range of different materials to achieve different effects.


Where possible, art units of work are linked to topic themes to help bring them to life through creative, experiential practice, with planning created and developed by teaching teams, the Subject Leader and Phase Leader. Class teachers can then adapt 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 PSHE / Wellbeing events, Book Weeks, Forest Schools, RE visits and in the presentation of other work / displays across the school.


There are five main areas of art that we study at TAB: drawing / sketching, painting, 3D sculpture, collage and printing. Occasionally, children may also experience photography too. Children will have many opportunities to revisit certain techniques and practise key skills – such as moulding clay to create 3D forms 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 our TAB skills continuum.


Assessing Art Learning


Many different forms of assessment are used in art at TAB. These include: questioning, self-assessment and peer feedback, critical reflections and discussions on artistic beliefs, verbal and written teacher feedback including target-setting, application of new learning in other contexts and termly Art Reviews in which pupils can exhibit their work and discuss their progress.


We consider the most effective assessment is whereby children are supported to see art as a process that begins with research and observation, develops through active exploration and builds to a design that ends with an outcome they can evaluate and celebrate. 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 lunchtime art clubs with a pastoral focus, creating the structures for the Worthing Children’s Parade, attending enrichment art days/events, being involved in Eco projects and Forest Schools and taking part in competitions to encourage art practice out of school. We also build in visits to local art and cultural venues.


The Art Studio offers a fantastic opportunity for children to work 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.


Each Year 6 class has an Art Leader: a pupil who is a confident artist and can support teaching and learning by modelling peer assessment, support the resourcing of lessons, develop the Art Studio as a working space, share their own artistic practice and be consulted on the changing art curriculum. The application process opens towards the end of Year 5 for all interested children, who are chosen by the Subject Leader. Lower year groups have Art Buddies: leaders in training who support their teacher and peers, and are consulted in our end of year Pupil Voice. 


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. However, if you can’t fit in a real-life trip, why not try a virtual gallery visit? Visit these websites to view the artwork on display (please check all artworks are age-appropriate for your child first):



BBC Bitesize website has lots of short video clips to give tips and ideas.


There are also fun, educational tutorials for parents, children and teachers 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.


Pupil feedback


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


“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!” –Year 6 pupil


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


“We loved drawing other people because it was really fun and, even if you got it wrong, you had the chance to go back and correct it,” - Year 5 pupil


Art at TAB