Art & Design

Progression of Skills for Art


At Tutshill Primary School, we value Art and Design as an important part of the children’s entitlement to a broad and balanced curriculum. Art and Design provides the children with the opportunities to develop and extend skills and an opportunity to express their individual interests, thought and ideas. We offer a structure of lessons to help teachers ensure they have covered the skills required to meet the aims of the national curriculum. The scheme of work provides teachers with the autonomy to teach skills and techniques in ways which fit within their overall creative thematic based approach, giving the opportunity for children’s own ideas, motivations and interests to be utilised.                                                                                                                                    

The curriculum at Tutshill School aims to engage, inspire and challenge pupils, equipping them with the knowledge and skills to experiment, invent and create their own works of art, craft and design. As pupils progress, they are encouraged to think critically using their understanding and knowledge of Art and Design. The curriculum also aims to develop children’s global awareness; teaching how Art and Design both reflect and shape our history, and contribute to an awareness of British values, culture and creativity.

Through Art and Design, we use our core Christian values to teach children how to respect and value the work and ideas of others. Children are encouraged to use their learning behaviours to take responsibility for creatively and innovatively applying art and design skills and techniques, whilst showing resilience and perseverance to overcome personal challenges.

The ABCDE teaching model is used within sequences of lessons. Teachers activate new learning by teaching specific skills and knowledge and children are given opportunity to demonstrate their skills through time to explore and experiment with materials and resources. All children are encouraged to reflect on the work they have produced and evaluate their understanding.


The teaching and implementation of the Art and Design Curriculum at Tutshill C of E Primary School is based on the National Curriculum and linked to themes to ensure a well-structured approach to this creative subject.

The children are taught Art as part of their termly curriculum skills work. Skills are introduced in a structured way in different year groups and phases, but teachers have the freedom to explore specific art skills in ways which make learning meaningful to children, build on their interests and ideas and link to wider topic areas. Different skills are returned to in different phases to ensure that skills are developed and improved and also that new skills and techniques are developed. Lessons aim to develop children’s techniques and control and use of materials and resources and children’s awareness of different kinds of art, craft and design.

The work of famous local, national and international artists are explored to enhance the children's learning. Opportunities are taken to teach of Art and Design in the outdoor area to take advantage of the local environment and contribute to the overall well-being and involvement of children in active learning.


Children will have clear enjoyment and confidence in Art and Design that they will then be able to apply to other areas of the curriculum.

Children will ultimately know more, remember more and understand more about Art and design, demonstrating this knowledge when using tools and resources or when talking about their own work and the work of artists.

Art and design offers pupils the opportunity to develop and demonstrate their learning behaviours through deep involvement and the opportunities to follow their own ideas and ultimately lead their own learning.

Ongoing assessments take place throughout the year. Foundation subject assessments are completed three times a year with teachers identifying those children working below, at and beyond expectations. Areas of strength and areas that pose challenge for individuals are highlighted. Teachers use this information to inform future lessons and to support children’s progress in learning: ensuring children are supported and challenged appropriately. This data is analysed on a termly basis to inform and address any trends or gaps in attainment.

Children in Foundation Stage are assessed within Expressive Arts and Design and their progress is tracked termly using the Tapestry and Insight tracking system. Age related expectation levels are reported to parents at the end of the reception year.