Chorlton C of E Primary School

“An Adventure for the Mind, and a Home for the Heart”

“UN Rights of a Child Article 2: A child has rights, whatever their ethnicity, gender, religion, language or abilities. Whatever they think or say, whatever their family background.”

Finish for Easter at 2pm Wednesday March 31st


Subject Leader - Mrs Campbell



We aim to:

  • Provide children with opportunities to express themselves in emotional terms through their art experiences, to study and record both man-made and natural phenomena.
  • Develop the children’s knowledge of materials by allowing them to experiment freely and to encourage them to use materials sensibly and safely.
  • Ensure the children learn a range of pertinent skills so that they develop an expertise in using both materials and equipment and so enable the realisation of their ideas.
  • Develop an understanding of the work of artists, crafts people and designers and apply this knowledge to their own work.
  • Provide opportunities for studying historical, cultural and religious art.
  • Involve children in experiencing and learning an artistic visual vocabulary so that their expertise in the application of visual perception and in communicating visually is increased.

The bee has landed!

We are pleased to announce that our ‘Sewing Bee’ is taking pride of place at The Lowry theatre.  Our lovely group of artists had the opportunity to attend the Bee In The City launch this week, we visited lots of other little bees across the city and participated in some super creative workshops!  

To celebrate our wonderful sculpture we would love for as many of you to visit our bee and take a picture with her!  Please send any picture to 

Chorlton Arts Festival 2018 & Summer Opening Evening


It was wonderful to be able to showcase the creative talent of the children this open evening. Each class combined their art, literacy and computing skills to produce an interactive piece of art.  The children re-produced a portrait and then created piece of descriptive writing to go alongside it. They recorded their words and used an app to make their paintings come alive. It was truly magical. See below for a few examples...


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Our ‘Sewing Bee’ has buzzed off. 

With her bright and shiny coat completed, it was time to say farewell to our beautiful bee.  She was carefully packaged up and sent away to the next part of her journey.  ‘Wild at Art’ and Manchester City Council will now be deciding where in our fabulous city our bee will be displayed, as part of this summer’s sculpture trail. We will keep you posted on its location and hopefully our ‘Sewing Bee’ will get lots of visits over the summer holidays, before returning to us in September. 

Bee in the City

At Chorlton C of E we are proud to join forces with Manchester City Council and Wild In Art to partake in the one of the most spectacular public art events the city has ever seen.  

Each child had the opportunity to enter a competition to design a bee, we had a fantastic response with some fabulous designs.  The winning design, 'The Sewing Bee' was created by Zach Hillon who used the Manchester cotton industry as his inspiration.  Check out the photographs below showing the work in progress!

Work in progress...

Art for All: Thomas Horsfall’s Gift to Manchester


This year we are working in partnership with Manchester Art Gallery as part of our work to renew our Arts Mark and develop our wider curriculum. We have been very fortunate as part of this relationship, to have been loaned four pieces of artwork from the Horsfall Collection. This collection of art resides with the gallery and one of the pieces we have was on display in the gallery over the summer.


The gallery unearthed this forgotten collection a few years ago and working with Horsfall’s target audience, school children, co-curated the exhibition Art for All; Thomas Horsfall’s Gift to Manchester with Year 5 pupils from Harpurhey, Manchester.


A Background to the Horsfall Collection

Thomas Coglan Horsfall (1844-1932) was a pioneering philanthropist who established the Manchester Art Museum in 1884 in Harpurhey, moving it to larger premises at Ancoats Hall in 1886. The Museum was at the forefront of developments in art education, operating an innovative picture loan scheme for schools. In the 1880s, Harpurhey and Ancoats were crowded working class areas: the residents lived hard lives in impoverished surroundings.

Horsfall wanted to make them aware of natural beauty by means of the Museum. He decided to locate the Museum close to their homes and to open it until 10 o’clock at night and on Sundays so that working people could visit. The Museum showed decorative and industrial art, original paintings and drawings, and copious reproductions. The works of art were arranged in themed rooms and everything had an explanatory label


You can read more about the collection at


On Monday four works of art were delivered to us, three are in the Arts Base and one is in the staff room. The aim being that we will work with them throughout the year to consider our city, our place in it, and have a space to reflect and consider our wellbeing as children and staff too. We hope to be able to share the paintings with parents and other schools in our community this being such a special opportunity.

We have been given The Oak Trees in Sherwood Forest by Andrew MacCullum, which is in the staff room.Also Monograph of the Paradiseidae;Craspedophora Magnifica by J Gould & W Hart, Lake Coniston Seen From Yewdale & Lake Maggiore by Harry Goodwin. These are in the Arts Base.Look out on our website for class work around these paintings and opportunities to appreciate them. 

International Art Week- take a close look... can you guess what countries we have used as stimuli for our art work?

Chorlton C of E Primary School

“An Adventure for the Mind, and a Home for the Heart”


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