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Art at Tower Road Academy

At Tower Road we value art because it contributes to the development of the whole child emotionally, aesthetically, spiritually, intellectually and socially. It creates in the child, a sense of enjoyment and purpose and provides pupils with a unique way of perceiving themselves which is essential to their learning. It also broadens the range of opportunities we provide for children to achieve.


Art and design activities enrich children’s learning and enables them to communicate their thoughts, ideas and observations in a practical and expressive way. In talking about art and evaluating their own and others’ work, children are encouraged to develop their visual language, ideas and feelings. Through experience of a variety of materials, tools and techniques children have the opportunity to record creatively the world around them. Regardless of gender, ethnic origin or ability, we specifically aim to ensure that all pupils:


  • 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,
  • know about great artists, craft makers and designers and understand the historical and cultural development of their art in forms.


How we implement art at Tower Road Academy.


  • The artistic skills and knowledge that children will develop throughout each concept of art and design are mapped out across each year group and throughout the school to ensure progression.
  • Consideration is given to the cycle of lessons being taught, learnt and demonstrated, as well as how learners will be supported in line with the school’s commitment to inclusion.
  • Retrieval of previously learned content is frequent and regular, with children developing a wealth of knowledge of individual artists as well as their style of artwork and place in history.
  • Trips and visiting experts who will enhance the learning experience.
  • Classroom displays reflect the children’s sense of pride in their artwork, and model the steps to success for the concept being taught.
  • The school environment also celebrates children’s achievements in art and demonstrates the subject’s high status in the school.
  • Knowledge organisers are used each term to support the learning of key information and tier 3 vocabulary related to the art topic.
  • Entertain others – each year group provides the opportunity for children to showcase their artwork in outside installations, displays and galleries for parents to view.



 Our art work around school



Cross-curricular reading in our art curriculum.


We have carefully mapped high-quality texts throughout our curriculum, some which are read in art lessons themselves, other are used to link art with our learning in English, or as a class book.  We strongly believe it immerses pupils into a topic, deepening their knowledge and understanding of a subject and exposing the children to rich vocabulary.








Great Art links for kids! - BBC Bitesize Art and Design - Art UK - The Tate - kids zone! - National Gallery of Art - kids zone! - Art games - Picasso head game - Getty game

What do children at Tower Road say about art?


2019 Arts Fair 

2019 - Year 6 visited the National Gallery in London


Visitors are also an integral part of inspiring ambition and future careers.

Some of the visitors we have in school:

  • Sculpter
  • Web designer
  • Fashion designer 
  • Painter



Inspiring Artists


We believe it is important for young children to be inspired by and informed about the different careers or hobbies available to them in later life. Throughout our curriculum we not only look at the jobs involved within the field of art, for example a painter and a sculptor, but we also look at lives and work of some of the world's most inspiring artists of our time. 


          Andy Goldsworthy                                                                       Elizabeth Berrien 

               Natural Art                                                                             Wire Sculpture



                                                                Esther Mahlangu

                                                             Patterns of Africa    



         Georgia O'Keeffe                                                            Heather Galler

               Plant Art                                                                   Patterns in Art



     Roy Lichenstein

  Pop Art


What can I do at home to support learning in art?


Activities at home…

  • Junk modelling – create a 3D piece of art using recyclable materials.
  • Sketching, painting and colouring.
  • Go in the garden and create a natural paintbrush to mark make with. You can use water or mud instead of paint.
  • Take rubbings from trees and plants in your garden.
  • Research a famous artist and create a masterpiece inspired by their style (Jackson Pollock, Van Gogh, Picasso, Andy Warhol)
  • Vegetable printing.
  • Make your very own play dough!


  • Look at a piece of art.

What do you see?

Take a moment, look again.

What do you see now? Has it changed? Why?

Describe the:

Lines you see in the artwork.

Colours you see in the artwork.

 Which area of the artwork stands out to you the most? Why?

 What does the artwork make you think of?

 What emotion / mood does it make you feel?

 Close your eyes and describe the artwork from memory. What do you remember?

 What adjectives would you use to describe this artwork?

 If this artwork had sound effects what would they be and why?

 How was this piece of art created?

 If this artwork was a piece of music or a song, what would it be? Why?

 What title would you give this artwork?

Classroom work





Year 1




Year 2




Year 3





Year 4




Year 5




Year 6