Kents Hill Road, Benfleet, Essex SS7 5PS


Mr Michael Thomas

Kents Hill Junior School


Art and DT

Art at Kents Hill Junior School

At Kents Hill Junior School we believe it is important to foster our pupils’ creative and emotional development. Art is a means by which children can respond to the world and express their inner thoughts and feelings. In addition to this we seek to develop the children’s creative ability through working with an extensive variety of media and to study the work of artists and designers which include a range of cultures and contexts.  

Pupils are encouraged to use colour, pattern, texture, line, tone, shape, form, space and different materials and processes to communicate what they see, feel and think.  Through art, craft and design activities they learn to make informed value judgements and aesthetic and practical decisions, becoming actively involved in making images, objects and learning to shape their own environment. 

 Though the teaching of art and design we aim to: 

  • develop knowledge, understanding and enjoyment of art and design;
  • develop the pupil’s ability to observe, learn and record from the world around them;
  • stimulate children’s creativity and imagination by providing visual, tactile and sensory experiences and a unique way of understanding and responding to the world;
  • develop an increasing knowledge and understanding of the contribution of artists, designers and craftspeople to this and other cultures, past and present;
  • develop children’s understanding and ability to use materials and processes to communicate ideas, feelings and meanings;
  • to understand the visual elements of colour, texture, line, tone, pattern and shape form in order to effectively express themselves through artistic means;
  • develop the ability to analyse and make informed critical judgements about their work and the work of other artists, crafts people and designers using appropriate language;
  • develop the ability to recognise different kinds of art, craft and design and why and how they are different; 

At Kents Hill, we have a skills based curriculum covering, painting, drawing, weaving, textiles, sculpture and printing.  Most of the curriculum is taught by a specialist teacher during a ‘Short Course’ where pupils complete a rapidly progressing programme every day over a half term.  In addition, art forms part of a number of challenges completed within the rest of the curriculum.  For example, in Year 5, pupils complete projects with both clay and screen printing during their topic on Africa. 


‘I like art at Kents Hill because it is challenging and I feel like I am learning new skills’

‘I like art at Kents Hill because we complete projects with lots of different materials such as