Art and Design


INTENT:      The vision for Art

At Lakeside, we think Art should be fully accessible and enjoyable for all children. Through Art lessons at Lakeside, we will fulfil the requirements of the National Curriculum for Art & Design by:

-Providing a broad and balanced curriculum.

-Ensuring the progressive development of knowledge and skills.

-Enabling children to observe and record from first-hand experience and from imagination.

-Developing the children’s competence in controlling materials and tools.

-Acquiring knowledge and become proficient in various art and design techniques and processes.

-Beginning to develop an awareness of the visual and tactile elements including; colour, pattern and texture, line and tone, shape, form and space.

-Fostering enjoyment and appreciation of the visual arts and develop a knowledge of significant artists, craftspeople and designers.

-Increasing critical awareness of the roles and purposes of art and design in different times and cultures.

-Developing a cross-curricular approach to the use of art and design in all subjects. 

-Links with HTML and seesaw to showcase art 

-Links to thrive and the interventions used to support SEMH

-Develops fine motor skills

Curriculum Design, Coverage & Progression

The Art overview details how the National Curriculum objectives are mapped out and integrated into topics (and lessons) in each year group, to show full coverage and progression of skills. The whole school planning document has been adapted and changed to ensure that full coverage of the Art curriculum is taught and that it links to topics being taught in year groups (where possible). It is also important to note that all topics in year groups also focus on a specific Artist, designer, craftsperson etc. This is to inspire the children and raise aspirations. The Art synopsis also shows how each year groups curriculum builds and develops previous knowledge and skills. As pupils progress through school, they should begin to think critically and develop a more rigorous understanding of Art. They should also know how Art reflects and shapes our history, and contribute to the culture, creativity and wealth of our nation. Art also encompasses our whole school approach to developing PROUD learners with lifelong skills.

Children acquire the knowledge and skills to be successful in life through:

Pride in learning - shown through the children’s sketch books and learning.

Reading for life – researching and understanding Artists work and life.

Oracy – talking about and discussing pieces of Art work (including children’s and peers)

Understanding myself – understanding what children like and don’t like about Art and why this is.

Drive and motivation - engaging in a range of activities developing the skills of an Artist


To ensure high standards of teaching and learning in Art, we implement a curriculum that is progressive throughout the whole school. Art is taught as part of a half-termly or termly topic, focusing on knowledge and skills stated in the National Curriculum. Scaffolds are a common feature to support children’s learning within lessons, for example the use of language structures, displayed vocabulary, and visual stimuli. The learning journey is showcased through the children’s sketchbooks, these are used to show progression and development of the children’s learning, photographs, and work explored at each stage of the topic and year, these books also follow the child through their school journey (Yr1 – Yr6). Lakeside’s Art whole school planning document provides a broad framework and outlines the knowledge and skills and taught in each Key Stage. Teachers can use theses lesson plans for their class and know that the children will get a progression of knowledge and skills. Teachers can also adapt these plans for the suitability of their class’s interests and what they want to learn, teachers should follow the children’s interests to ensure their learning is engaging, broad and balanced, with a variety of teaching approaches are used based on the teacher’s judgement. The whole school planning document ensures the curriculum is covered and the skills/knowledge taught is progressive from year group to year group. At Lakeside, we ensure that we provide a variety of opportunities for Art learning inside and outside the classroom, Every year we have a whole school Art WOW day, where every child in school engages in an Artist and Art technique producing a piece of learning to be showcased. Some year groups also offer opportunities for parents to engage within school and join in with their children’s learning, this could be through Art exhibits or learning afternoons taking part in Art within the classroom. At Lakeside, the children have many opportunities to experience Art on educational visits. The children can explore local museums/art galleries and have visitors into school to share Art learning and have hands on experiences. Art leads will carry out pupil voice along side a book look for pupils to share their learning and share about their Art journey. Staff voice and questionnaires are used to identify effective resources, subject knowledge, support CPD needed and what is working well. Art is celebrated through central displays and children’s sketchbooks.


For the Synopsis of Art at Lakeside and the Art Curriculum Coverage and Progression of skills document, see below:


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