Our school is named after the famous master woodcarver, Grinling Gibbons, and therefore the teaching of art holds a very special place here.
At Grinling Gibbons, we want our children to be engaged, inspired and challenged as they develop the skills to express themselves creatively. We follow the Art national curriculum, and through our teaching, our children learn to:
• produce creative work exploring their own ideas and recording their experiences
• become proficient in drawing, painting, sculpture and other art, craft and design techniques
• evaluate and analyse creative works using the language of art, craft and design
• know about great artists, craft makers and designers, and understand the historical and cultural development of their art forms

In addition to the lessons in school, wherever possible, children are encouraged to visit Galleries and Museums linked to their areas of study, to see examples of other people’s art.


In February 2020, Cal Byrne, our nursery teacher, and artist, held a solo exhibition entitled ‘Good Days Bad Days’, at the local venue – ‘Deptford Does Art.’ The exhibition comprised 700 portraits drawn over the preceding 700 days.

Year 3 at Tate Britain

In 2019, our school took part in the Year 3 at Tate Britain project, where Turner Prize-winning artist Steve McQueen invited all Year 3 children in London to be photographed in school with their teachers, as a ‘hopeful portrait of a generation to come.’ Explored through the vehicle of the traditional school class photograph, this vast new artwork is one of the most ambitious portraits of children ever undertaken in the UK. The work will be displayed in the gallery from November 2019 to 3rd May 2020.

Please view Grinling Gibbons Art Curriculum Map below
Boy drawing within an art class
Girl showing off her art during a lesson
A piece of art by one of the children at Grinling Gibbons
“Don’t think about making art, just get it done. Let everyone else decide if it’s good or bad, whether they love it or hate it. While they are deciding, make even more art.”

Andy Warhol Artist

Paper Copies

If you would like a printed copy of any of the school’s polices or any other information please contact the school and we will be happy to provide it.

Grinling Vision

Aspirational, Brave, Compassionate, Determined and Enlightened are the anchors of our life at Grinling Gibbons Primary School

Illustration of Girl flying kite