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Here at CTS, Art plays a large role in our cultural curriculum. The subject allows our children to be exposed to a variety of artistic techniques, tools, vocabulary and architecture through the exploration of artists from a wide range of cultures, backgrounds and artistic styles. Throughout the teaching of Art across KS1 and KS2, children are exposed to a range of drawing, painting and sculpture which form the inspiration to the children’s own artwork. Equally, children are encouraged to explore and give their opinion on other artists’ work which form the basis of child led discussion in this subject area. The teaching of Art helps children to appreciate the wider world around them, as well as their background and local area. At CTS we are committed to
children growing as artists and developing cultural knowledge which can support their learning
in other areas of our cultural curriculum.

At CTS the teaching of Art plays an important role in fulfilling our vision to teach children to

  • Make choices in their own work and understand artistic choices that have been made
  • Appreciate our environment and how this plays a part when discussing and creating artistic pieces
  • Reflect on what we can learn from artists and our peers and use this to form our own work and opinion
  • Engage with society and take responsibility for our impact


At CTS, Art is taught in topics of five sessions. Each topic meets the requirements of the
National Curriculum. Throughout the school year, the children undertake a unit on drawing,
painting and sculpture. Knowledge and discussion will play a large role throughout all of these
units with the intention of making links to other curriculum areas through the half-termly topic.

Art units begin with contextual sessions, exploring and artist and their works, discussion and the
teaching of theory behind artistic techniques which the children will use throughout the unit. The structure of the units allows children to experiment and create their own piece by the fifth and final Art session, using the knowledge they have built up over the half term.

Art is taught in a whole class setting in their year groups. Where applicable, tasks are differentiated so that all children are able to produce the highest quality of work and all children can access the teaching delivered.


Teachers assess the children’s learning and progress through the following areas:

  • Verbal feedback and discussion with children throughout Art sessions
  • Marking the children against the learning intentions given for each session, using the CTS marking policy and NC guidelines
  • Questioning throughout the Art units in order to ensure knowledge and understanding is concrete
  • Through scrutiny of children’s sketchbooks, written pieces and final creative pieces