Tansley Primary School

Learn, Lead, Achieve, Together We Succeed


At Tansley we value learning and teaching Art because:


  • foster an understanding and enjoyment of art, craft and design
  • experience a broad and balanced range of art activities and show progression within these experiences
  • show development of ideas and their own skills through the use of a mark book and folder
  • develop their ability to observe, investigate, respond to and record the world around them through a growing variety of forms and media
  • develop use of a range of tools, media and processes
  • develop an understanding of the work of artists, crafts people and designers and apply this knowledge to their own work
  • provide opportunities for studying historical, cultural and religious art
  • through art extend and enrich other curriculum areas


Art enables children to communicate what they see, feel and think through the use of colour, texture, form, pattern and different materials and processes. Children become involved in shaping their environments through art and design activities.



The skills and knowledge that children will develop throughout each art topic are mapped throughout the school to ensure progression. The emphasis on knowledge ensures that children understand the context of the artwork, as well as the artists that they are learning about and being inspired by. This enables links to other curriculum areas, including humanities, with children developing a considerable knowledge of individual artists as well as individual works and art movements. A similar focus on skills means that children 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.

The school’s high quality art curriculum is supported through the availability of a wide range of quality resources, which are used to support children’s confidence in the use of different media.


Classroom displays reflect the children’s sense of pride in their artwork and this is also demonstrated by creative outcomes across the wider curriculum. The school environment also celebrates children’s achievements in art and demonstrates the subject’s high status in the school, with outcomes, including sculptures, enhancing the outdoor as well as indoor environment.
The Art curriculum at Tansley contributes to children’s personal development in creativity, independence, judgement and self-reflection.