Good attendance is necessary for all children, research shows that children who attend school regularly and punctually perform better overall and in their later lives. Therefore, the Government expects the level of school attendance for all primary aged pupils to be no lower than 97%
There have been a lot of complaints recently regarding parking around school before and after school. Please be considerate when parking, as some parents with pushchairs have not been able to get past due to parking on corners of the streets and residents have been blocked in.
We have several children in school with severe nut allergies, which require an Epi Pen. Please do not send your child into school with any nuts or nut products e.g Nutella spread for snack or lunch, as this could be life threatening to these children.

Art and Design

At Gorse Hall Primary and Nursery School, we believe that high-quality art lessons will inspire children to think innovatively and develop creative procedural understanding. Our Art and Design curriculum provides children with opportunities to develop their skills using a range of media and materials. Children learn the skills of drawing, painting, printing, collage, textiles, 3D work and digital art and are given the opportunity to explore and evaluate different creative ideas. At Gorse Hall, children will be introduced to a range of works and develop knowledge of the styles and vocabulary used by famous artists. The skills they acquire are applied to their cross-curricular topics, allowing children to use their art skills to reflect on and explore topics in greater depth; for example, by sketching historical artefacts in detail, researching geographical locations to support their work on landscape painting or using art as a medium to express emotion and thought to enhance their personal, social and emotional development. Many areas of art and design link with mathematical ideas of shape and space; for example when printing repeating patterns and designs and thinking about 3D shapes to support structures. At Gorse Hall, it is paramount that art work be purposeful; be this as a means of expression or to explore the styles of other artists that inspire our own work

Curriculum Implementation

As part of this planning process, teachers need to plan the following:

•   A clear and comprehensive scheme of work in line with the National Curriculum which outlines knowledge (including vocabulary) all children must master;

•    A cycle of lessons for each skill, which carefully plans for progression and depth which builds on prior learning – such as use of tools and techniques with increasing mastery.

•    Completing a sketch book for each child, which records sketches, responses to art and photos of work produced.

•   Challenge questions for pupils to apply their learning in a philosophical/open manner;

•    Trips and visiting experts who will enhance the learning experience;

•    Creativity and uniqueness will be celebrated and children will become astute at editing and improving the pieces they have created.

•    A means to display and celebrate the pupils’ artwork in their class


Our Art and Design Curriculum is high quality, well thought out and is planned to demonstrate progression. If children are keeping up with the curriculum, they are deemed to be making good or better progress. In addition, we measure the impact of our curriculum through the following methods:

•    A reflection on standards achieved against the planned outcomes;

•    A celebration of learning for each term which demonstrates progression across the school;

•    Pupil discussions about their learning; which includes discussion of their thoughts, ideas, processing and evaluations of work

Art and Design Knowledge, Skills and Attitude
Curriculum Map Art and Design

I CAN Statements
I CAN Statements KS1
I CAN Statements Lower KS2
I CAN Statements Upper KS2