The importance of teaching creatively and teaching for creativity is at the forefront of current issues in primary education. Use the links here to find out what that means for you. There are also links to articles here that describe best practice in teaching art and design to young children.

Click here to go to cross curricular themes for art and design activities and web sites that will support you in developing a creative climate for your own classroom.

Creativity in education

http://www.ltscotland.org.uk/creativity/index.asp
http://www.ltscotland.org.uk/earlyyears/sharingpractice/lifeskills/creativity/index.asp
http://www.kented.org.uk/ngfl/subjects/art/index.htm

Scottish Curriculum 5 – 14
http://www.ltscotland.org.uk/5to14/htmlunrevisedguidelines/Pages/ExArts/ExArt_ArtDes_F/aanddcontents.htm

Northern Ireland Curriculum - Primary
http://www.deni.gov.uk/index/80-curriculumandassessment_pg/80t-statutory-curriculum.htm

Wales – Primary National Curriculum (3-11)
http://accac.org.uk/eng/content.php?cID=5

Some excellent examples of creative art work.

Teaching for effective learning - creativity
http://www.ltscotland.org.uk/learningaboutlearning/creativity/research/creativity.asp

Creativity and performativity policies in primary school cultures
http://www.informaworld.com/smpp/content~db=all~content=a781527327~tab=content

Can Creativity be assessed? (2005)
http://www.ttrb.ac.uk/ViewArticle2.aspx?anchorId=14452&selectedId=0&contentId=12010
http://www.dfes.gov.uk/search/results/kbsearch?qt=creativity&sc=dfes&ha=1&x=18&y=10
This will take you to a list of important websites that provide opportunities for further research and articles on the subject of creativity.

http://www.teachernet.gov.uk/management/atoz/c/creativityinschools/

National Curriculum
http://www.ncaction.org.uk/creativity/

Early Years Foundation Stage – this page also has links to research articles on pedagogy and creativity in early years
http://www.standards.dfes.gov.uk/eyfs/site/4/3.htm

Developing young children's creativity: What can we learn from research?
http://www.ttrb.ac.uk/viewArticle2.aspx?contentId=13016

How to teach drawing to children
http://www.goshen.edu/art/ed/draw.html
http://www.artscouncil.org.uk/subjects/publication_detail.php?sid=9&id=478
- Children, young people and the arts [210.15 KB] PDF
- Children, young people and the arts [130.59 KB] Word doc

Creativity in early year’s settings
http://www.surestart.gov.uk/resources/childcareworkers/inspiringcreativity/examples/
http://www.aliss.org.uk/files/aliss/reflectandreview.pdf