At Thornaby Church of England Primary School, we value Art as an important part of the children’s entitlement to a broad and balanced curriculum. We believe that high-quality Art lessons should engage, inspire and challenge children to think innovatively and develop creatively. Our Art curriculum provides children with opportunities to develop their skills using a range of media and materials. Children learn the skills of drawing, painting, printing, collage, textiles and 3D work and are given the opportunity to explore, appreciate and evaluate different creative ideas. Children will be introduced to a range of works and develop knowledge of the styles and vocabulary used by famous artists (from a range of cultures around the world). The skills they acquire are applied to their cross-curricular topics, allowing children to use their art skills to reflect on and explore topics in greater depth; for example, by sketching historical artefacts in detail, representing how music may look in ‘art’ form, or using art as a medium to express emotion and thought to enhance their personal, social and emotional development. It is paramount that art work be purposeful; be this as a means of expression or to explore the styles of other artists that inspire our own work. Pupils should be clear what the intended outcomes are and have a means to measure their own work against this. In Art, children are expected to be reflective and evaluate their work.  They are encouraged to show resilience when thinking about how they can make changes or improvements. This should be meaningful and continuous throughout the process, with evidence of age-related verbal reflection. Children are encouraged to take risks and experiment and then reflect on why some ideas and techniques are successful or not for a particular project.



At Thornaby Church of England Primary School the teaching and implementation of the Art Curriculum is based on the Early Years Framework and the National Curriculum.  Through our two-year rolling programme, Art is taught within our Cornerstones topics to ensure a well-structured cross-curricular approach to this creative subject.

Areas covered include printing based on topic work, such as the Egyptian writing, nature, fossil art, Stone Age jewellery making with clay, painting, developing ideas and choosing own resources and the work of famous artists throughout history and now. More detail can be found in our progressions of skills document or long-term plan.

The children’s learning is further enhanced with Art Week or Art Days in school, where the children have the opportunity for collaborative working and exploring the different styles and techniques of a range of artists.



Our Art Curriculum is high quality, well thought out and is planned to demonstrate progression. By the time children leave our school, Art will have provided them with fundamental skills that they can apply to a variety of different activities and areas.  Children will have become creative learners, who have knowledge about the great artists of the world and who can use Art to express themselves.  Creativity and uniqueness will have been celebrated ensuring children are confident and resilient artists.


Policy for Art and design