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☀️ Thank you to everyone who supported our Summer Fete on Friday! We were treated to range of stalls, a performance from our Dance Fusion pupils and some delicious ice cream! 🍦 pic.twitter.com/kz0KLryjhy

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🎸 We were treated to a wonderful musical performance last week from our Rocksteady pupils! 🥁 pic.twitter.com/xBruUqEj3j

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🏏 We had a fantastic day hosting our annual Sports Day! The children showed incredible sportsmanship and enjoyed testing out their skills on a variety of activities!Thank you to all the families who came to support and who joined us for a picnic afterwards! 🧺 pic.twitter.com/WAFy9Znozc

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📰 Our EYFS and KS1 pupils enjoyed a visit by a journalist!Some pupils also took part in a workshop where they interviewed staff, wrote an article and created a front page about an upcoming community project. What a fantastic end to Careers Week at Cooks Spinney! pic.twitter.com/rusuGA8xsB

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👮🏽‍♂️ Thank you to the fantastic police officers from who came in this week to talk about their careers. Our pupils were truly inspired!👮 pic.twitter.com/6o2072qUKm

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✏️ To continue our Careers Week celebrations, we had a host of wonderful visitors deliver Q&A sessions to our pupils. 🍕From a mobile pizza company owner and train driver to a nursery practitioner and freelance artist. Our pupils learnt so much! 🚂 🎨 pic.twitter.com/htvVTpmqly

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💇‍♀️ 👨🏾‍🍳To kick-start Cooks Spinney’s Careers Week, we asked some of our pupils what they would like to be when they grow up… We are very much looking forward to welcoming our visitors this week: police officers, journalists, artists & many more 👮🏽‍♂️👩🏻‍🍳 pic.twitter.com/WuwwCBYORt

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🍦 Well done to the children who got chosen for ice lolly Friday today! Keep up the hard work! 💚 pic.twitter.com/H6cNswYZP0

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🍦 Well done to the fantastic children chosen for Ice Lolly Friday! Keep up the great work! ☀️ pic.twitter.com/EsRivH0bvP

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🧗‍♀️ Our 6 pupils are having a fantastic time on their residential trip at Carroty Wood! So far, they’ve been rock climbing, pedal karting and mountain biking!🚵 pic.twitter.com/Q01fkkvvOf

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🔥 Our Year 1 pupils had a fantastic time recreating the Great Fire of London this week! 🔥 pic.twitter.com/a5gLXvw8Jq

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🎶 Our EYFS and KS1 pupils enjoyed singing their favourite song in singing assembly this week! 🎶 pic.twitter.com/Tp49sqzScD

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🎭 🎨 Earlier this week, we had an exciting curriculum day that focused on celebrating the arts! Pupils enjoyed participating in a range of activities from dancing to Footloose to singing along to the Beatles! 🎶 pic.twitter.com/kcvJP5WEHx

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🐑 🐐 To end ‘Our Furry Friends’ topic, Nursery pupils had a fantastic visit from Ark Farm!🌾 Tam and Arron from the farm taught as all about the animals, what they give us, the food they eat and how we look after them. pic.twitter.com/WQbZZr6GtW

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🥳 Well done to our fantastic Year 6 pupils for all their hard work during SATS week! We are all so proud of you!Thank you to our wonderful catering team who prepared a delicious breakfast each morning for our pupils💚 pic.twitter.com/JdNjGF6emp

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✈️ Today, Year 2 had amazing time seeing all of the different types of planes at Duxford. We learnt about how the planes have been used throughout history. They even got a chance to take a look inside a Concord. ✈️ pic.twitter.com/gd8GBoHJ13

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☀️ What’s better than hot chocolate Friday? The sun shining and ice lolly Friday instead! 🍦 Congratulations to our wonderful winners in Years 1-6💚 pic.twitter.com/ikupS2vSmf

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☀️ ⚽️ Our pupils had a fantastic time representing the school at the Fun Festival event this morning! They participated in a range of activities from basketball and hockey to Boccia and football. 🏑 🏀 pic.twitter.com/jrbM2YiRhR

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🪄 Our Year 5 pupils had a fantastic time visiting the Harry Potter Studios yesterday! After reading Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone in their English lessons, they thoroughly enjoyed seeing it all come to life! ✨ pic.twitter.com/CCeuwLffwE

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We had some exciting visitors join us for assembly!🦉 All pupils had the opportunity to take a photo with one of the friendly owls too!🦉 pic.twitter.com/lkNrFl2zHq

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Art and Design

Art and design lessons are delivered weekly by our specialist art teacher. 

Cooks Spinney are in the fortunate position to have a custom-made art studio on site where all art and design lessons are delivered. This is a stimulating space where pupils are free to express themselves artistically and make a mess! 

As a result of our art and design curriculum, pupils will:

Art prinicples

Why is the teaching of art important for Cooks Spinney's pupils?

Art is important because it encompasses all the developmental domains in child development. Art lends itself to physical development and the enhancement of fine and gross motor skills. For instance, when pupils work with clay, they fine-tune their muscle control in their fingers. All manipulative movements involved in art help develop hand and finger muscles that are needed to properly hold and use a pencil.

Art activities also help our pupils’ social and emotional development. Children learn about themselves and others through art activities. It really helps them build self-esteem. It’s an opportunity for pupils to make a personal statement about their uniqueness through art while allowing them to express emotions. 

Art also enhances our pupils’ cognitive development; Pupils who have studied a wide range of artists and artwork will have an array of ideas to choose from when creating. Art reflects what pupils know about the world and enables them to choose how to translate those ideas and experiences.

Finally, art is important because it allows our pupils to be creative. Each piece of clay manipulated or each painting is individual to each child and should be treated with awe. 

Who will pupils learn about?

Pupils will get to study a wide range of artists from different backgrounds, cultures and epochs:

Year Group Aut 1 Aut 2 Spr 1 Spr 2 Sum 1 Sum 2
Nursery Art Skills Colours  Exploring Materials Manipulating Materials  Mark Marking Art Studio 


Yayoi Kusama 

Natural Art 

Andy Goldsworthy 



Colour Mixing 

David Hockney

Water Colours 

Claude Monet 


Henri Matisse 

Year 1

Drawing and Sketchbooks: Spirals 

Molly Hauslund

Print, Colour and Collage: Printmaking

Henri Matisse 

Working in 3D: Invention

Faith Bebbington

Paint, Surface and Texture: Discovery 

Paul Klee and Emma Burleigh 

Working in 3D: Local Habitats

Earnst Haeckel

Collaboration & Community: Flora and Fauna

Eric Carle, Joseph Redoute & Ian van Kessel 

Year 2

Drawing and Sketchbooks: Explore and Draw 

Rosie Jones and Alice Fox 

Print, Colour and Collage: Monoprint

Leonardo Di Vinci and Xgaoc'o X'are

Working in 3D: Be and Architect

Zaha Hadid and Hundertwasser

Paint, Surface and Texture: Expresionism 

Vincent van Gogh and Cezanne 

Working in 3D: Transformation

Chris Kenny

Collaboration & Community: Music and Art 

Kandinsky, Alice Coltrane and John Cage 

Year 3

Drawing and Sketchbooks:Gestural Drawing 

Edgar Degas 

Print, Colour and Collage: Shape and Colour 


Matisse and Claire Willberg

Working in 3D: Stories through making

Quentin Blake and Roald Dahl

Paint, Surface and Texture: Cloth, Thread and Paint

Alice Kettle and Hannah Rae  

Working in 3D: Animated Drawings 

Andrew Fox, Steve Kirby and Lauren Child 

Collaboration & Community: Natural Materials

Frances Hatch and Anna Atkins 

Year 4

Drawing and Sketchbooks: Storytelling Through Time

Laura Carling & Shaun Tan 

Colour and Collage: Exploring Pattern

Louise Despont and Shaheen Ahmed  

Working in 3D: Art of Display 

Yinka Shonibare and Anthony Gormley 

Paint, Surface and Texture: Still Life 

Pieter Claesz and Davidsz

Working in 3D: Invention and Determination

Marcus Coats 

Collaboration & Community: Festival Feasts

Claes Oldenburg and Lucia Hierro

Year 5

Drawing and Sketchbooks: Typography and Maps

Louise Fili and Grayson Perry 

Colour and Collage: Making Monotypes

Kevork Mourad

Working in 3D: Set Design

Fausto Melotti and Rae Smith 

Paint, Surface and Texture: Mixed Media Land and City Scapes 

Vanessa Gardiner, Shoreditch Sketcher and Kittie Jones

Working in 3D: Architecture 

Frank Lloyd Wright and Miles van der Rohe 

Collaboration & Community: Fashion

Pyer Moss, Pucci and Alice Fox

Year 6

Drawing and Sketchbooks: 2D drawing to 3D making

Lubiana Himid and Claire Harrup

Colour and Collage: Paint and Activism

Shepard Fairey and Luba Lukova

Working in 3D: Brave Colour 

Olafur Eliasson and Liz West 

Paint, Surface and Texture: Exploring Identity 

Njideka Akunyili Crosby, Mike Barrett and Yinka Shonibare

Working in 3D: Take a Seat

Yinka Ilori, Van Gohj, Joseph Kosuth and Maria Abramovic 

Community and Collaboration: Shadow Puppets

Matisse, Lotte Reiniger and Phillip Otto Runge


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