Cumberland Infant School & Little Cumberland Pre-School

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Art and Design at Cumberland

 Our Intent 

We value, encourage and promote through our art curriculum opportunities for children to use and express their imagination, which is one of our six Learning Values

How many other schools can say that they are the setting for a book written by Michael Rosen? Our links with the book’s illustrator means that there are wonderful drawings of the school in his book ‘Monster’ and our children use these drawings as inspiration for their ink and watercolour paintings in our ‘Great Waterfront City’ project in Year 1.  

       Our engaging project-led curriculum enables the children to create like artists, be it as painter, sculptor, printer, sketcher, collage artist or art appreciator. It is a wonderful interest we feel passionately about developing in our children from EYFS through to Year 2, giving them an outlet for their imagination and creative side, for many it will become a life –long hobby that they can pursue anywhere in the world. 

In EYFS the children have first -hand experience exploring the tools and materials that they will use as they move into Key Stage 1 through continuous transient art provision. ‘Loose Parts Art’ is their first project where they study an Artist, Andy Goldsworthy.


We utilise the Southsea art seen in our locality, to inspire the next generation of artists. MyDogSighs, the graphic street artist, is inspiration for Year 2’s Guess Who where they study an eye. Budding Sculptors are inspired by the work of Pete Codling to create their fantasy clay figures in the Iron man Project. 

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