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‘Let your light shine before men;
that they may see your good works
and glorify your Father who is in heaven.’ (Matthew 5:16)

Art at Tenison's

Curriculum Intent for Art

Art is a vital and integral part of children’s education. It provides students with opportunities to show wisdom as they develop a range of ways in which they can share and express their individual creativity, whilst learning about and making links with a wide spectrum of different types of art in our society and community.

Art contributes hope to children’s personal development in creativity, independence, judgement and reflection. Moreover, it enables pupils to develop a natural sense of wonder and curiosity about the world around them and therefore links strongly to our school values.

The focus is in developing proficiency in drawing, painting, understanding colour and shade and sculpture, with the overall aim of developing a rigorous understanding, critical awareness and inspiration of art and design, allowing them to ‘Let their light shine before others that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven’ (Matthew5:16). 

Art allows pupils to understand dignity and respect in valuing themselves and others through their creative work.

The art curriculum will develop children’s critical abilities and understanding of their own and others’ cultural heritages through studying a diverse range of male and female artists and designers throughout history.

Children will develop their understanding of the visual language of art with effective teaching and carefully thought out sequences of lessons and experiences. Understanding of the visual elements of art and design (line, tone, texture, colour, pattern, shape, 3D form) will be developed by providing an accessible and engaging curriculum which will enable children to reach their full potential.


Our Art Whole School Overview



Our Art Curriculum by Year Group


Knowledge Organisers for Art

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