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Art at Tower Road Academy

Teaching and learning in art and design inspires pupils to experiment, invent and create their own works of art, craft and design, expressing their ideas and experiences.


They know how art and design contributes to the rich culture of our society.


Children enjoy practising a range of techniques they have learnt from great artists, craft makers, architects and designers. They evaluate creative outcomes from the past and present using language that demonstrates their critical understanding.


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.
  • Visits to galleries and workshops as well as visiting experts 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.
  • Entertain others – each year group provides the opportunity for children to showcase their artwork in outside installations, displays and galleries for parents to view.

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

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                                                               LS Lowry                                                                             




         Georgia O'Keeffe                                                              Edvard Munch                                                                              

Zaha Hadid (Architect)


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