Gunness and Burringham CofE Primary School

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Our Value for this half term is Resilience.

Art and Design

"Every human is an artist"

Don Miguel Ruiz





Art embodies some of the highest forms of human creativity. Our high-quality art curriculum  engages, and inspires children, allowing for development of wisdom and equips them with the knowledge and skills to experiment, invent and create their own works of art. At Gunness and Burringham Primary School we place an emphasis on enabling creativity and exploratory journeys that allow us to work towards varied and individual outcomes. This love for art starts in the Foundation Stage and continues through school, equipping children with an appreciation of art and fostering a creative and explorative attitude. 




We follow Gommersal Primary School and use Access Art as our support network for delivering our high quality curriculum.



Our curriculum is inclusive and is built on exposure to a wide range of artists from many different periods. We focus on five main art mediums; painting, three dimensional sculpture, textiles, sketching and printing and we encourage the use of materials and experiences which are revisited over time. Confidence in handling materials, exploring techniques and realising ideas builds over time and through repeated experience.


The curriculum allows time for children to appreciate art and at the start of every new block, children are encourage to produce a "QSheet" and are given time to appreciate, compare and contrast artwork from previously studied artists.


Blocks of art have a linked "Spotlight Artist" that celebrates and children are encouraged, either through homework or as part of other curriculum lessons in school, to explore, research and present their life and works further allowing for reflection and a development of appreciation of art. 


At Gunness and Burringham, we recognise that not all teachers will be a specialist in art, and not all teachers will be "good at art" however it is important that all teachers have the confidence to deliver inspirational lessons and "Learn Together" with the children, being willing to explore alongside children, modelling an attitude of curiosity, open-mindedness, creative-risk taking and reflection. Therefore all teachers have their own sketchbook to model, explore and create alongside the children. As seen here in Year 3/4 the children watching their teacher colour mixing in her own sketchbook and using the visualiser. 


Our curriculum has a rich collection of books linked to the period of art, similar artworks or Spotlight Artists and their journey, it is important that we continue to encourage a love for reading and reading for pleassure in all areas of our curriculum. 






"I love art and the way I get to paint and look at how to change the shades and tones of colours"


"I like it when we used clay to make my own pet, I was good at joining the bits together"



"I like looking at the different works of artists and how they represent their feelings through their work"



We linked art to RE and entered a Spirited Arts Competition. 




 In Year 3/4 we have been experimenting with colour mixing, the children created their own colour wheel and then experimented with creating tones and shades.  These skills will be used in the children creating their own peices of art of Rainforests in the style of Henri Rousseau.                   





Year 5/6 were inspired by the of Leondardo Da Vinci and have been working on their sketching skills. The children revisted earlier skills of cross hatching in the style of Da Vinci and experimented using this skill by sketching different flowers. 





Sketching skills in Year 1/2




Spiritual  Art




We used our skill of watercolour painting, paint wash and fine detail to create our full school Remembrance Art.




Kev Devonport

We were very lucky to have artist Kev Devonport in school with us to create some wonderful art work for the anniversary of D-Day. Kev brought in canveses for the children to experiment with acyrlic paints to create backgrounds and images that were relvent to D-Day. The children used their prior knowledge of colour mixing to help with their painting skills.

Kev brought some of his own artwork in which he has gone on to sell abroad and filled the children with excitement and he gave them some excellent advice about being resilient and to keep on practicing!








Our Curriculum