Art and Design

At Grove Street Primary School we believe that the Arts are fundamental in supporting children’s learning. We are committed to providing your children with a variety of opportunities to explore, experience and develop their skills within the four main art forms; Art, craft and design, dance, music and drama. Please read the policy below to learn more about the Arts at Grove Street.

Art, craft and design is a natural form of expression.  At Grove Street we encourage pupils to develop their creativity and express themselves through a high quality art and design curriculum which 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.  Pupils are encouraged to appreciate works of art and use artistic language to describe paintings, sculptures and other artefacts.   We invite local artist in to inspire and work alongside pupils. We also use the environment as a source of enrichment including visits to places of interest such as museums and galleries. 

 Art in the Early Years is developed through planned, purposeful play and through a mix of adult-led and child-initiated activity. Play is essential for children’s development, building their confidence as they learn to explore, to think about problems, and relate to others.

 The Early Years Foundation Stage has two strands within it that focus on Expressive Arts and Design:

  • Exploring and using media and materials
  • Being imaginative

In KS1 and 2 the Art and Design Curriculum aims to ensure that all pupils:

  • Produce creative work, exploring their ideas and recording their 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 their art forms.


Arts Award

In 2015 we were awarded with the Artsmark Award in celebration of all of the fantastic arts activities taking place in our school. The validator for Artsmark said “It was a pleasure to visit Grove Street” and she was particularly impressed with the Arts Committee who she said showed “evident leadership schools”.

“Grove Street Primary School is providing its children with a high level of arts experiences” (Artsmark 2015)

We are currently running Arts Award Explore with the children in Year 3. They are enjoying trips to the local art gallery, learning new skills from local artists and exploring a variety of different art forms. 

Arts Award is a range of unique qualifications that supports anyone aged up to 25 to grow as artists and arts leaders, inspiring them to connect with and take part in the wider arts world through taking challenges in an art form - from fashion to digital art, pottery to poetry.

Offered at five different levels, young people get to:

  • discover the enjoyment of creating and participating in any art form
  • develop their creativity and leadership skills
  • learn new skills and share them with others
  • get to work with or experience working with creative arts professionals
  • gain experience and knowledge to progress into further education and employment

To achieve their Arts Award, young people take on challenges in an art form, participate in arts activities, experience arts events, get inspired by artists and share their arts skills with others. Young people create a portfolio to keep a record of their creative journey. 

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