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28/02/24

🏃 After presenting an amazing assembly, Olympic athlete delivered a round of energetic and engaging lessons to our students, instilling hope in their future of possible careers in sport 🏅 pic.twitter.com/va9fIq8xY9

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16/02/24

☕️ Well done to our pupils who got chosen for Hot Chocolate Friday this afternoon. What a delicious way to end the half term! 🍫 Have a lovely half term all. Thank you for your continued support. 💚 pic.twitter.com/aZTPvXmYez

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16/02/24

🧮 The children enjoyed a STEM-focused day where they got to test out their mathematical and scientific knowledge! 🧪 ✈️ Pupils took part in a range of activities, from designing robotic hands to building parachutes, planes and cars. 🪂 pic.twitter.com/xyVJhEfjaz

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15/02/24

🎶 We started the day yesterday with a fantastic music assembly! Each year group performed the song they’ve been working on this half term! 🎤🎵 pic.twitter.com/tDLZaa0HLm

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13/02/24

🏃‍♀️ After learning all about Shrove Tuesday, Unicorns and Sprites Class took part in the ultimate pancake race!🥞 pic.twitter.com/RdSgqoq90B

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09/02/24

🏅 Today we welcomed European champion to Cooks Spinney. Tommy led a whole school assembly and then provided a fitness lesson for each KS2 class 🏃 pic.twitter.com/44X7cCuyRF

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09/02/24

☕️ Well done to our pupils who got chosen for Hot Chocolate Friday! What a fantastic end to the week! 💚 pic.twitter.com/MoLzi9juN8

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02/02/24

We’re looking for new members to join Cooks Spinney PTA!💚We’ll be holding a coffee morning on Monday 12th February to welcome new members and to also discuss exciting, upcoming events with current members! pic.twitter.com/1fY8y2LtJ0

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02/02/24

☕️ Well done to our fantastic pupils who got chosen for Hot Chocolate Friday! Keep up the great work! ✏️ pic.twitter.com/9jju0SKtVA

25/01/24

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25/01/24

From the end of your street to the ends of the earth. Open a world of possibilities for children in your area.  Join our high-quality teacher training programme, train locally and start making a difference from day one with expert support at every stage.https://t.co/bBuGvnsFlS pic.twitter.com/Z62U8Dap0t

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19/01/24

What a delicious way to end the week! ☕️ Well done to all pupils who were chosen for Hot Chocolate Friday this week! A very big thank you to our lovely school nurse Hannah for joining us! 💚 pic.twitter.com/QxMthfYqJh

19/01/24

BMAT have partnered with to provide School Centred Initial Teacher Training in Essex and London.Our programme offers PGCE with QTS at Primary and Secondary schools in Epping, Harlow, Stansted Mountfitchet and Newham.https://t.co/Rllv13cdOS pic.twitter.com/HgAkrpNCGz

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19/01/24

BMAT have partnered with to provide School Centred Initial Teacher Training in Essex and London.Our programme offers PGCE with QTS at Primary and Secondary schools in Epping, Harlow, Stansted Mountfitchet and Newham.https://t.co/Rllv13cdOS pic.twitter.com/HgAkrpNCGz

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16/01/24

🎤 Wow! Our choir are having a fantastic time singing their hearts out at the O2 Arena this evening! 🎵 pic.twitter.com/eX4mS2ssGB

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16/01/24

🎵 The Cooks Spinney Choir have arrived at the O2 Arena and are very much looking forward to their exciting day ahead! 🎵 💚 pic.twitter.com/LfLfR3kr5E

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12/01/24

Hot Chocolate Friday is back! 🍫 💚 Well done to all the children who got chosen to enjoy a delicious cup of hot chocolate with SLT today! Keep up the fantastic work! pic.twitter.com/V9HOyZvfbC

12/01/24

📢 We're Hiring! (Harlow) have a vacancy for a Catering Assistant.📄 For a job description and application details, please visit our websitehttps://t.co/orFNmaNUGw

12/01/24

📢 We're Hiring! (Harlow) have a vacancy for a Catering Assistant.📄 For a job description and application details, please visit our websitehttps://t.co/orFNmaNUGw

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05/01/24

It has been so lovely welcoming the children back this week! We’re all very much looking forward to another fantastic term! 💚 pic.twitter.com/RQAn2IP6hg

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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 
Reception

Contemporary

Yayoi Kusama 

Natural Art 

Andy Goldsworthy 

Shapes 

Kandinksy 

Colour Mixing 

David Hockney

Water Colours 

Claude Monet 

Collage 

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


FOR MORE INFORMATION ABOUT OUR ART AND DESIGN CURRICULUM PLEASE MAKE AN APPOINTMENT with our art and design teacher, Ms Clark ON 01279 437590

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