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Gorringe Park Primary School

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Art and Design

Our Art and Design Intent:


At Gorringe Park, we endeavour to promote self-expression through the exploration of a range of artistic mediums that unite our diverse school community while promoting individuality. 


Through the development of knowledge and careful progression of personal  skills, an outlet will be provided to enable children to be in tune with their well –being and artistic qualities in a non-judgemental environment. 


The Arts at Gorringe focusses on using skills and tapping into the unknown, providing new and developing old experiences to another level, making children breathe as it provides a different kind of happiness for all.  Achievement is personal and self-recognition of development is paramount for developing attainment. 


By providing engaging lessons, children will build a wealth of skills to be confident performers, sculptors, painter, artists, graphic designers, musicians, singers and composers because creativity is about thinking outside the box because art is not about the final product – It’s about: the journey we take to get there, who we are and how it has affected us. The arts are a chance to express ourselves.

Our Art and Design Implementation


At Gorringe Park Primary School we believe that the arts are core to children’s well being and attainment. As a result children have opportunities to engage in artistic subjects throughout the year with the alternating of music and art being taught by our enthusiastic staff. They demonstrate that art is personal and it is about developing skills that we can use to express our thoughts, feelings and experiences.


Through evaluations, we also identify children with specific talents by supporting them to develop their skills and encourage them to perform in school and the wider community. 


Our children engage in weekly singing assemblies which are fun and dynamic! These increase core musical skills such as singing in unison and parts using a range of repertoire and rhythm work with graphic notation and oral memory activities. 

Our Art and Design Impact:


Due to our  regularly evaluated curriculum, children are regularly engaging in music and arts. They have a minimum of 36 lessons throughout a school year.


Teachers are supported with how to deliver, organise and plan activities that are fully engaging for all individuals and build on the progression of previous skills. Children are able to  confidently  self evaluate, express their feelings about their experiences comment on their learning journeys.


Our progression map weaves the skills from Cornerstone, Charnga and other schemes to create a arts curriculum for our children to develop confidence.


After school and lunchtime clubs are core to embedding and applying classroom skills. Teachers are encouraged to develop their skills too by participating with our pupils. We have a welcoming KS2 choir which encourages boys to sing. Children learn a range of song including rounds, animated songs, 4 part songs, 2 part and basic harmony and singing with control of voice. They also perform in school and at outside events such as the turning on of Mitcham town centre's Christmas lights.


We have a dedicated Arts team compiled of the subject lead, teachers and the Chair of Governors to help promote arts in our school as we journey on the first stage of the  Artsmark process to show our commitment to enriching our children’s artistic  experiences and attainments.

Our Choir singing at the Mitcham Town Centre Christmas Lights event December 2019

In our Art and Design lessons at Gorringe Park we aim:


  • produce creative work, exploring ideas and recording our experiences
  • become proficient in drawing, painting, sculpture and other art, craft and design techniques
  • evaluate and analyse creative works using the language of art, craft and design
  • know about great artists, craft makers and designers, and understand the historical and cultural development of art forms.


Key Stage 1


Pupils will be taught:

  • to use a range of materials creatively to design and make products
  • to use drawing, painting and sculpture to develop and share their ideas, experiences and imagination
  • to develop a wide range of art and design techniques in using colour, pattern, texture, line, shape, form and space
  • 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.


Key Stage 2


Pupils will be taught to 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 will be taught:

  • to create sketch books to record their observations and use them to review and revisit ideas
  • to improve their mastery of art and design techniques, including drawing, painting and sculpture with a range of materials [for example, pencil, charcoal, paint, clay]
  • about great artists, architects and designers in history.

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