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Gorringe Park Primary School

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Art and Design

 I'm Mrs Pyne and I am the Arts Coordinator at Gorringe Park. 


Art is a secret passion of mine and being a busy teacher with a family, I love teaching it because it gives me an opportunity to do it!  I find finding ways to improve my art exciting. Sometimes if travelling I will take my sketchbook and draw. 


I love looking at Art because from one picture, people can see so many different things. I find it mind- boggling how when people explain what they can see, others see it too - sometimes! In our Art lessons, I advocate with our pupils that  Art is about learning techniques and  expressing ideas creatively. I always say 'there are no mistakes in Art' and that Art is about being inspired by what we see, do, experience and using it to imitate and inspire our own creations. 


Look at what I created with doodled paper:





At Gorringe Park, our core school values are embedded in our Art lessons because our children have to be aspirational with each opportunity, they feel success when they know they have tried to express themselves using different mediums, they persevere through each learning journey, they get inspired by a range of artist from around the world as well as each other, they develop resilience when things have not gone exactly to plan but mostly our children are enthusiastic about what we learn in Art.


Let me introduce our talented Art Ambassadors who have been chosen for their own individual passion and abilities in art.








Our Art and Design Curriculum


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. 


Art and Design lessons focus 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 sculptors, painter, artists, graphic designers 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. Art is a chance to express ourselves.


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.


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.

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


  • 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.


Early Years Foundation Stage


By the end of the Foundation Stage children will be able to:

  • Safely use and explore a variety of materials, tools and techniques, experimenting with colour, design, texture, form, and function
  • Share their creations, explaining the process they have used
  • Explore the natural world around them, making observations and drawing pictures of animals and plants


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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