At Horton Kirby Church of England Primary School we believe that exposure to the arts produces creative, imaginative and skilled thinkers. We aim to offer a high-quality art and design education which will engage, inspire and challenge all pupils. Through carefully planned topic work from Reception class to Year 6 children develop their Art skills in areas such as; drawing, textiles, sculpture, painting including fine art, print, collage and so on. Our wide range of topics follow the Cornerstones Curriculum which takes children through ‘4 Cornerstones of Learning’; ‘Engage’; children have their curiosity stimulated, ‘Develop’; new skills and knowledge, ‘Innovate’; using skills and knowledge and apply them in new contexts, ‘Express’; giving the opportunity to reflect on knowledge and celebrate achievements.
Art is carefully planned throughout the school. We equip our pupils with the knowledge and skills they need to experiment, invent and create their own works of art, craft and design. Children are encouraged to work both alone and in partnership with other children to produce both individual pieces and joint projects. Examples of children’s painting and artwork can be seen displayed around the school. Our hope is that through our curriculum children be inspired to create and become the next generation of fashion designers, animators, interior designers and much more. Remember us when you are famous!
How to help at home
Encourage your children to look for and talk about colours, textures and patterns in their everyday world. Discuss when looking at pictures how the art makes your child feel.
There are many Galleries close to home to inspire your young artist so if you are at a loss for something to do on the holidays or at the weekend why not visit: ‘What If Gallery’ Dartford – Hosting pieces from local artists or Hobbycraft Crayford- which runs sessions on school holidays for children.
There are also some wonderful family art sessions a little further afield at the ‘Royal Academy of Arts’ and ‘The National Gallery’ (both in London) which run over the summer holidays.
Most of all have fun with it! Overall we want our children to love being able to express themselves through the medium of art.