Welcome back to Term Four

Art and Design

Art and Design Subject Leader: Miss J Aspey

For any more information on Horton Kirby’s Art and Design Curriculum, please contact the office.

Pupils are given the opportunities to explore their ideas through creative mediums; unleashing their imagination and learning vital skills including drawing, painting and sculpting.


Horton Kirby’s Art and Design Curriculum allows our children to recognise and celebrate their individual talents and gain knowledge of famous, artists, designers and artistic techniques. We ensure that a broad range of art from a range of cultures and throughout history is taught. Our Art curriculum is relevant and inspiring, with opportunities to use a range of media and techniques, with skills and knowledge being progressed year on year.

EYFS pupil at horton kirby primary school painting a flower in art class
pupil colouring in a bird in art class at horton kirby primary school


Art and Design are taught within our class topics, giving children the opportunity to develop skills in drawing, painting, sculpture and other art and craft techniques. Pupils explore ideas, develop techniques and produce creative Arts and Craftwork using a range of materials and media. They can analyse and evaluate their own and others’ work. Through our Art teaching pupils explore famous artists/designers and their work and learn how to appreciate how art and design are created and presented in different cultures.


Children learn a range of artistic and design skills, using a variety of media. Children’s knowledge and skills are built up progressively, with no gaps in learning. Children can talk confidently about their learning and explain the techniques they use with reference to technical vocabulary. They are reflective learners and can evaluate their own and others’ work, finding what is good while suggesting improvement. Children develop a long-term memory in Art and Design, re-visiting learning and progressively building on skills and knowledge. Pupils are exposed to Art and Design from different cultures and points in history and talk enthusiastically about this.

pupil painting in art class at EYFS at horton kirby primary school

Art and Design in Each Stage

In EYFS, pupils will start to produce different patterns and textures from observations. Using a variety of materials and tools, pupils will be able to explore colours, collect natural materials, look at artists and play with playdough to manipulate objects.

pupil painting a sunflower in EYFS at horton kirby primary school

In KS1, pupils will be able to select the best materials and techniques to develop ideas. Pupils will be able to explore their creativity through ink, polystyrene, pencils, charcoal, clay and more. They will learn, identify and mix primary and secondary colours.

Click the link below to view our year 1 and year 2 long-term plans:

Progression of Skills for Year 1 and Year 2

pupils colouring at lunch time at horton kirby primary school

In KS2, pupils will develop techniques, materials and visual elements through experimentation to create different types of art. Pupils are encouraged to use their imagination to produce creative work.

Click the link below to view our year 3 – 4 long-term plan, and year 5 – 6 long-term plan:

Progression of Skills for Year 3 and Year 4

Progression of Skills for Year 5 and Year 6

girl drawing a silhouette of the queen in art class at horton kirby primary school

Art and Design Progression

At Horton Kirby, we develop our pupil’s Art & Design understanding through essential skills; growing their depth of knowledge year on year. Through the use of ‘end of year expectations’, we are able to monitor their progress and allocate extra support and adaptations to the curriculum for pupils to maintain a strong Art & Design education.

Progression from Year 1 to Year 6


SEND Information

Our SEND and disadvantaged pupils are given the necessary support in class to fully access the supported Art & Design curriculum. Learning is adapted where necessary to support SEND/EAL pupils to give equal opportunities for all to be confident in approaching any problems faced. Interventions, support and challenges are constantly revised and adapted to ensure all children are supported in achieving learning. The above areas are robustly and continuously monitored to ensure any gaps in learning are addressed.

Art and Design Extra Resources

For remote learning, please visit our remote learning page or contact our Head of Art & Design for more information.

Further Art and Design Help