Creative Arts

Creative Arts

The Creative Arts at Spring Grove School stimulate curiosity and imagination within our children. The Art department is located in a quirky attic room where children are able to express themselves freely. The areas of focus are: drawing, textiles, painting, printing, sculpture, collage and digital art. Prep children are taught by a specialist teacher, whilst Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 have art lessons in their classrooms with their form teachers.

For every child in the school, teaching and learning within the art curriculum aims:

  • to progress in the technical proficiency of skills;
  • to understand artistic intentions and have critical awareness of works of art;
  • to be able to work creativity through a series of activities, exercises and projects that develop the ability to think and act with purpose and originality;
  • to grow as a reflective, thinking artist.

Children are introduced to a wide range of tools and techniques to enable them to record from observation, experience and imagination. We improve children’s awareness of visual and tactile elements of art and design, and allow them to develop their understanding of colour, form, texture and pattern. Through a variety of art projects, we teach children about the differences and similarities of artists and craftspeople from different cultures. Sometimes art topics are linked to other curriculum areas, sometimes we study a style of a particular artist, and sometimes we let our art topic stand alone!

Pupils creative and aesthetic abilities are highly developed; pupils perform in drama productions and superb creative work is evidenced around the school…
ISI Inspection report 2023
Classrooms and corridors display collections of pupils’ artworks with pride…
ISI Inspection report 2023

Celebrating the creative arts

  • Art is displayed all around the school, and is featured in the weekly school newsletter, the Messenger.
  • ‘Artists of the Week’ are celebrated in our Friday Family Assembly, and in the Messenger.
  • The Prep 6 Art Prefects are responsible for designing and painting the backdrop for their annual Summer show.
  • The school Arts Council, made up of pupils, staff and parents, meets regularly and plays an important part in driving specific art projects forward.
  • Creative Arts Competitions several times a year, which also include categories for photography, poetry and short story writing, and musical composition.
  • Prep 6 children design the school birthday card, printed and presented to pupils and staff in our Friday Family Assemblies.
  • Children who are keen to develop their art skills further have the opportunity to attend our popular Art Club.

Artsmark

In January 2024 Spring Grove was awarded Artsmark Gold – a quality standard for schools awarded by Arts Council England.

Spring Grove embarked on its Artsmark journey in 2020, and since then has clearly demonstrated how it goes about fulfilling its mission for the arts to: ‘offer our children unique opportunities to express themselves and engage in their learning in a variety of ways.’ 

The broad, creative curriculum offered at Spring Grove School helps all of its pupils to have opportunities to develop their knowledge and talents and to become curious and creative learners – skills that will remain with them for life.

'Spring Grove School has developed a rich arts curriculum and provides a stimulating variety of opportunities for children to learn in and through the arts as part of its regular routines and timetables as well as one-off special projects.’ 
Feedback for Artsmark Gold award, 2024