Art and Design

Welcome to The Grove Art and Design page

Visions and Aims

At the Grove Primary School we believe that art and design is a vital part of the education of all children and that creative work is central to all aspects of the curriculum. Through the use of different media and processes we aim to promote and develop children’s imagination, curiosity and originality. Our aim is to provide an art curriculum which will enable each child to reach their full potential in learning in art and design, through designing and developing ideas, investigating and making, through research and the development of skills and through their evaluation of their own art and that made by others.


It is our intention, through carefully selected art, set in it’s chronological, historical and geographical contexts, that children develop a sense of the world in which they live. The children’s use and understanding of the visual language of art needs to be developed by effective teaching and by a considered sequence of experiences, where children are encouraged to ‘read’ the stories that paintings tell. We ensure that the development of knowledge includes not only the explicit teaching of artists and their traditions but that cross curricular links are made to art in other subject areas. That, as practitioners, we embrace a big picture approach to skills development where children have regular opportunities to express themselves, linked to a variety of themes using different media and materials.

We use our Progression of Knowledge document as the core of teaching and learning in art and design.

The wider impact of teaching art includes:

· Working in the arts helps children to develop creative problem-solving skills.

· Teaching through the arts can present difficult concepts visually, making them easier to understand.

· Art instruction helps children with the development of motor skills, language skills, social skills, decision-making, risk-taking, and inventiveness.

· Visual arts teach children about colour, layout, perspective, and balance: all techniques that are necessary in presentations (visual, digital) of academic work.

· Integrating art with other subjects helps children’s engagement with their learning.

· Arts experiences boost critical thinking, teaching children to take the time to be more careful and thorough in how they observe the world.

· The arts provide challenges for learners at all levels.

· Art education connects children with their own culture as well as the wider world.

Skills and powerful knowledge:

At The Grove School creativity is at the centre of all we do.
The vision for our children is that through art and crafts children develop the ability to think creatively, be original, discover, innovate and create intellectual property.
This aim is underpinned by our Art and Design Progression of Knowledge and Skills Document.
By the time children leave The Grove at 11 years old they will have developed:
  • an increasing ability to think critically
  • a greater understanding of art and design
  • acquisition of skills
  • a growing confidence with a range of techniques
  • an enjoyment of experimenting and the pleasure of creating
  • the confidence to express their individuality and interests
  • be aware of the positive impact of art and creativity on their mental health and well being
  • a growing knowledge of how art and design both reflect and shape our history
  • an understanding of how art and design contributes to the culture, creativity and wealth of our nation
Our full curriculum for Art and Design and the linked Progression of Knowledge and Skills Document plan are available in school.  Feel free to request a copy.

Green Spaces Art Exhibition @ Birdwood House Art Gallery


The children have been inspired to create artwork in response to the theme Green Spaces and the positive influence the natural world has on our mental health and well-being.


Acorn Tree Class (Reception) have created a wide range of artwork based on leaves and their experiences in Forest School. The children have created textiles including individually sewn leaves and collaborative printing on fabric using crushed leaves. They have used their observational skills, to draw, paint and sculpt leaves from clay.

Lime Tree Class (Yr1/2) were inspired by their visit to the beach to create a collaborative piece of mixed media art; which includes photographed images of the coastal environment and explores the children’s interactions with it.

Banyan Tree Class (Yr1/2) were inspired by images of the Garden of Eden. They children thought about what plants and creatures they would put in a ‘perfect’ garden. They then used watercolours to design their own landscapes. As a class, they decided that their top three wonders of nature are waterfalls, rainbows and best of all … food!

Willow Tree Class (Yr1/2) were inspired by the landscape artist Yvonne Coomber and wanted to make their own collaborative version of her painting. During Science Week they investigated liquids and discovered that oil and water do not mix together. They used this discovery to add oils to water to produce images on paper.

Kapok Tree Class (Yr3/4) created a collaborative piece of artwork using pastels and watercolours. Each child created an image of something from nature which makes them feel happy.

Flame Tree Class (Yr3/4) created a range of colourful artwork which represented different aspects of the natural world and their interactions with it; relating their experiences to their own mental health and well-being.

Ginkgo Tree Class (Yr3/4) worked together to produce individual pieces of work which were used to create a single collaborative design. The children worked with oil pastels, using a smudging technique to create their designs of birds on branches.

Bay Tree Class (Yr5) considered the things which are and have been important to them in their lives and their hopes, dreams and ambitions for the future. They chose to record their thoughts on images of hands, which they used to create the leaves of a single tree. They also created clay models based on the things which are important to them, using symbolism to communicate their ideas. Their Forest School art was inspired by how they perceive themselves. The children chose a range of different ways to represent themselves using natural materials.

Guava Tree Class (Yr6) were inspired by several local artists to create their own pieces of art based either on Dartmoor or other natural landscapes in Devon. As part of their Forest School experiences, the children produced fantastic beasts using clay and other natural materials.  As part of their exploration of mindfulness the children have produced a collaborative piece of art using individual leaves to create the image of a human mind.


Year 5!
Year 5 were very lucky to have a visit from a local artist. Not only did they contribute to her own professional project but they made ceramic coasters which they were able to take home: don't they look amazing!
Each class has worked collaboratively to produce a large scale artwork which represents our whole school theme of Love and Respect.
Beech Tree Class have been drawing and painting with watercolours using Spring flowers as their inspiration. They have mounted their artwork onto cards to give to their mothers for Mothers' Day.
Year 3 and 4 Andy Goldsworthy Art
YEAR 3 and 4
We created artistic masterpieces to tell the story of our Dartmoor Legends, based on the story of Bowerman's Nose.
Beech Tree Class have created some amazing drawings of Goodrington Sands following their visit to the beach.
Beech Tree Class have been inspired to create mixed collage images of the Great Barrier Reef.
Ginkgo class produced the most amazing totem pole you've ever seen.  They carved the wood and decorated it, spending a month making it truly magnificent!
KEVICC School organised a fabulous charity art auction in October to raise funds for art and craft provision in our school. The auction was held at The Ariel Centre with work kindly donated by local artists. In addition, work created by three Grove School pupils was exhibited. The evening was a tremendous success and was very well supported by families, staff, governors and friends of the schools, despite the torrential rain! The auction raised the grand total of £790.00 and it is with very great thanks to KEVICC School and all the artists, staff, families and supporters of the event for this donation. It is being used to enhance the provision of art and craft throughout our school.