Horniman Primary School

  • Horniman Drive
  • Forest Hill
  • London
  • SE23 3BP
  • Tel: 020 8699 3190
  • After School Club: 020 8699 8378
  • Email:
  • Headteacher: Mr Andrew Pickering
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At Horniman School, we encourage our children to experiment, invent and create their own works of art, craft and design. We equip children to become great artists by teaching the skills needed to become proficient in drawing, painting, sculpture and other art, craft and design techniques. We help them to produce strong outcomes through the creative process; studying great artists, craft makers and designers, exploring their ideas, recording and evaluating their designs and experimenting with materials and techniques.


EYFS – Expressive Arts

In Reception we believe that artists should:

  • Explore using media and materials, using tools safely to experiment with colour and texture
  • Be imaginative and represent their own ideas, thoughts and feelings through activities

We teach this through the topics of:

  • Ourselves
  • Festivals
  • Animals
  • and other topics based on the children's interests


In Key Stage 1 we believe artists should:

  • Use drawing, painting and sculpture to develop and share their ideas, experiences

and imagination

  • Develop a wide range of art and design techniques in using colour, pattern, texture,

line, shape, form and space

  • Study the work of a range of artists, craft makers and designers, describing the

differences and similarities and making links to their own work.


We teach this through the topics of:

  • Animals
  • Seaside
  • Senses
  • Weather
  • The Great Fire of London
  • Habitats
  • Kenya
  • Black History Month


In Key Stage 2 we believe artists should:

  • Improve their mastery of techniques, including drawing, painting and sculpture
  • Develop their use and control of different materials such as pencil, paint, clay and charcoal
  • Experiment with mediums and materials to achieve different effects, such as texture, hue and tone
  • Study the work of great artists, makers and designers and analyse their work with an increasing awareness of the different areas of art and design
  • Use their sketchbooks effectively to record, analyse and revisit their ideas


We teach this through the topics of:

  • Light
  • Vikings
  • Iron Man
  • Living things
  • Rivers
  • Sound
  • Ancient Egypt
  • Spain
  • Ancient Greeks
  • Brazil
  • Anglo-Saxons
  • Ancient Mayan Civilisation
  • Local Area Study: London skyline
  • Black History Month
Horniman Primary School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.