Tuel Lane Infant School and Nursery

Tuel Lane Infant School and Nursery

Confident, Curious, Creative Learning

Tuel Lane. Sowerby Bridge, West Yorkshire,HX6 2ND


01422 831221



“Art is not just a subject to learn, but an activity that you can practise with your hands, your eyes, your whole personality.”

  • Quentin Blake, Children’s Laureate



At Tuel Lane, we believe that art is a vital part of children’s education as it embodies some of the highest forms of human creativity and has a significant and valuable role to play in the taught curriculum, as well as in the enrichment opportunities we offer our pupils. Our art curriculum develops curiosity, creativity and self-expression alongside resilience, confidence and critical thinking skills. Art and design stimulates imagination and creativity; involving children in a range of visual, tactile and sensory experiences, which enable them to communicate what they see, think and feel through the use of the elements of colour, texture, form and pattern.  Art and design promotes careful observation and an appreciation of the world around us. Children explore ideas and meanings through studying the work of artists and designers. Through learning about the roles and functions of art, they can explore the impact it has had on contemporary life and on different periods and cultures. 

The aims of teaching art and design in our school are:

  • 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 through school, they should begin to think critically and develop a more rigorous understanding of art and design. They should also know how art and design both reflect and shape our history, and contribute to the culture, creativity and wealth of our nation.
  • To produce creative work, exploring their ideas and recording their experiences.
  • To become proficient in drawing, painting, sculpture and other art, craft and design techniques
  • To evaluate and analyse creative works using the language of art, craft and design.
  • To know about great artists, craft makers and designers, and understand the historical and cultural development of their art forms.

Throughout their learning, children develop both substantive and disciplinary knowledge.

Substantive knowledge focuses on rich art content, such as the history of art, the seven elements of art, colour theory and six key strand of learning. Through their learning experiences, children should develop fluency in applying these elements to their creative endeavours:

  • Line: The basic element of art, without lines no other element can exist. When a line joins up with itself to enclose a space it forms a shape. Lines have many different properties.
  • Shape: Shape is a space enclosed by a line. Shapes are two-dimensional and can either be geometric or organic.
  • Form: Form has depth and takes up three-dimensional space It is a three-dimensional shape and can be either be geometric or organic. Sculptures are forms.
  • Colour: Colour is created by light reflecting off an object. (For this scheme of work we use colour instead of hue). All colours can be created from mixing the three primary colours (red, blue, yellow). Different tones of colour are used by adding white or black to a colour.
  • Texture: Texture is the feel of an object. It can either be real and touched (as in sculpture, collage, textile work etc.) or can be implied through different artistic techniques (mainly in painting, drawing, and printing)
  • Value: Value is the measure of how light or dark and object is. Artistic techniques such as shading or creating colour tones, changes the value.
  • Pattern: Pattern is creating a design by repeating other elements of art such as line, shape, colours.


Colour Theory

Mixing colour is one of the most important skills of an artist. For primary school children, there are three areas which are fundamental knowledge:

  • The colour wheel primary and secondary colours and mixing a range of colours.
  • Colour harmony (complementary colours, colour families)
  • How colours are used to create feelings and emotions.


The Art curriculum at Tuel Lane is underpinned by the Art Academy Art and Design curriculum. we aspire and are committed to providing an ‘Arts Rich’ curriculum. Art and Design enables children to express themselves in a creative, imaginative manner and through exploration. Our Art and Design Curriculum is designed to provide children with a foundation of skills, knowledge and understanding in the six key strands of learning in Art and Design:

  • Drawing
  • Painting
  • Printmaking
  • Sculpture
  • Textiles
  • Digital & Mixed Media

Disciplinary knowledge is the process of creating art through understanding how the subject works and the creative process. The creative process is about children using their own experiences and imagination to create art. It is about them observing, recording, and mimicking the world around them. They create artwork based on ideas that interest them working with a range of materials, techniques, and styles both using the ideas of other artists and their own original thoughts. It is an opportunity for them to express their feelings and emotions and to discuss and express their views on their own artwork and the art of others. Often working individually, they will sometimes collaborate with others – sharing ideas, providing commentary, or working together on shared pieces. Much of this creative process will be evidenced through their art sketchbook which reflects their personal creative journey as an artist.

Our curriculum engages, inspires and challenges 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 think critically and develop a more rigorous understanding of art and design. They learn about art and design that both reflect and shape our history, and contribute to the culture, creativity and wealth of our nation. A diverse range of male and female artists are studied by each year group to develop the understanding of their own and others’ cultural heritages. In creating a wide range of products and artwork, these skills can then be transferred to other areas of the curriculum.

Each unit of work within the scheme has a Knowledge Organiser presenting basic understanding and knowledge about the topic being studied. The body of knowledge that the children have acquired by the end of the topic should be deeper and wider that the outline of the Knowledge Organiser. The Knowledge Organiser is just one tool in the teacher’s toolkit to enable children to recall, apply and build upon learnt knowledge and understanding. The Knowledge Organiser is shared with children at the beginning of each unit of work and is referred to in all subsequent lessons.

The Knowledge Organisers include:

  • Key vocabulary and technical terms
  • Definitions
  • Biographies of iconic artists
  • Works of art
  • Timelines
  • Art and colour theory


The teaching and implementation of the Art and Design Curriculum at Tuel Lane is based on the National Curriculum and supported by Art Academy curriculum plans. This ensures high standards of teaching and learning in art and design, in addition to a curriculum that is progressive throughout the whole school. Art and design is taught as part of a termly topic, focusing on knowledge and skills stated in the National Curriculum. At Tuel Lane, we ensure that art and design is given the same importance as the core subjects, as we feel this is important in enabling all children to gain ‘real-life’ experiences. More detail can be found in our long-term plan and progression of knowledge and skills document. For each topic taught, the children are provided with a knowledge organiser which outlines knowledge (including vocabulary) and skills all children must master.

By the end of Key Stage 1, pupils develop their techniques, including their control and their use of materials, with creativity, experimentation and an increasing awareness of different kinds of art, craft and design. Pupils are taught:

  • Use a range of materials creatively to design and make products
  • Use drawing, painting and sculpture to develop and share their ideas, experiences and imagination
  • Develop a wide range of art and design techniques, using colour, pattern, texture, line, form, and space
  • Learn about the work of a range of artists, craft makers and designers, describing the differences and similarities between different practices and disciplines, and making links to their own work


The Art and Design curriculum will contribute to children’s personal development in creativity, independence, judgement, and self-reflection. This would be made apparent through their ability to talk confidently about their work and share their work with others.

Our children enjoy and value Art and Design and know why they are doing things, not just how. Children will understand and appreciate the value of Art and Design in the context of their personal wellbeing and the creative and cultural industries and their many career opportunities.

Progress in Art and Design is demonstrated through regularly reviewing and scrutinising children’s work, in accordance with our Art and Design policy to ensure that progression of skills is taking place. Progress will be shown through outcomes and through the important record of the process leading to them.

What we want our pupils to achieve by the time they leave tUEL lANE:

  • To understand that everyone can progress and develop their artistic flair and skills
  • To understand that anyone can be a creator
  • To understand that being a good artist is about the process and not always the end outcome
  • To understand that they should be proud of what they achieve
  • To feel supported and unafraid of making mistakes
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