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Our Vision for Art and Design

At Lydgate, our vision is for our children to develop their creativity, skills and passion in Art and Design. We aim to engage, inspire and challenge our pupils, equipping them with the knowledge and skills to experiment and create their own works of art and design.

We follow the National Curriculum for Art and Design and also teach discrete art and design skills based lessons across school.

Pupils are taught to become proficient in the areas of drawing, painting, sculpture (3D Form), textiles and print making. They produce creative work through exploring and developing their ideas. They learn about a range of great artists and designers throughout History and use their art forms in order to influence their own art. Pupils are encouraged to evaluate creative works using the language of art and design.


Curriculum Overviews for Art and Design - Cycle 1

Key Stage 1

Autumn 1

Cycle 1

Autumn 2

Spring 1

Spring 2

Summer 1

Summer 2

DT Focus

Houses inspired by The Great Fire of London


Art Focus


Rangoli patterns -Diwali


Art Skills Focus

Drawing and Painting Skills

Use of a sketchbook.

Draw from the figure and real objects.

Experiment with patterns and mixing a range of secondary colours.


Art Focus

Exploring Artists

Paul Klee

Henri Matisse-Roy Lichtenstein



Art skills Focus


Use a variety of techniques.

Design and print patterns of increasing complexity and repetition. 

DT Focus


Research, design, make and evaluate a moving vehicle.

Lower Key Stage 2- Years 3 and 4

Autumn 1

Cycle 1

Autumn 2

Spring 1

Spring 2

Summer 1

Summer 2

DT Focus

Egyptian Death Masks

(3D Form)

 Art Focus


Inspired by paintings of Monet

(Drawing and Painting)

DT Focus

Making musical instruments

(3D Form)


 DT Focus

Viking long boats

(3D Form)

Art Focus

British Landscape


(Drawing and Painting)


Art Focus

Paintings of Kandinsky


(Drawing and Painting)

Upper Key Stage 2- Years 5 and 6

Autumn 1

Cycle 1

Autumn 2

Spring 1

Spring 2

Summer 1

Summer 2

DT Focus

Greek Vases (Clay Sculpture)


DT Focus

Mythical Creatures

(3D Form)

Art focus

Exploring a Victorian Artist-

LS Lowry


Art focus

Exploring a Victorian Artist-

William Morris


Art focus

Landscapes Paintings

inspired by the artist David Hockney

(Acrylic Painting)


DT Focus



(3D Form-Using a simple circuit)

Curriculum Overviews for Art and Design - Cycle 2

Key Stage 1

Autumn 1

Cycle 2

Autumn 2

Spring 1

Spring 2

Summer 1

Summer 2

Art Focus

Painting and drawing skills to create a four window picture on hot and cold places


DT Focus

Packaging for superhero toys


Art Focus

Mayan Clay Pot


Art Focus




Art Focus

Digital Media


DT Focus


Sewing skills using binca

Lower Key Stage 2- Years 3 and 4

Autumn 1

Cycle 2

Autumn 2

Spring 1

Spring 2

Summer 1

Summer 2

Art Focus

Polystyrene prehistoric tile printing

DT Focus

Photo frames using textile elements and wood

Art Focus

Roman mosaics


Art Focus

Wire sculptures

DT Focus



DT Focus

Make a healthy sandwich

Upper Key Stage 2- Years 5 and 6

Autumn 1

Cycle 2

Autumn 2

Spring 1

Spring 2

Summer 1

Summer 2

DT Focus

World War Two Shelters


Art Focus

Mixed media collage depicting the Blitz

DT Focus

Making savoury dishes

DT Focus

Biomes represented as a Diorama

DT Focus


Space art inspired by Peter Thorpe paintings involving felt  and sewing


Art Focus

Rainforest art inspired by Oenone Hammersley

In order for our pupils to produce the highest forms of creativity and excellent end products we teach skill based lessons across school. It is vital that our pupils are taught how to build upon their art and design skills knowledge and apply these to their own art and design work.

Progression of Art and Design Skills

By the end of Key Stage 1, our pupils have been taught how to develop their art and design skills-

  • To use a range of materials creatively to design and make products
  • use drawing, painting and sculpture to develop and share their ideas, experiences and imagination
  • To develop a wide range of art and design techniques in using colour, pattern, texture, line, shape, form and space
  • To learn about the work of a range of artists, craft makers and designers, describing the differences and similarities between different practices and disciplines, and making links to their own work.

Equipped with this knowledge and the skills acquired in Key Stage 1, they will continue to be taught how to apply and master their art and design skills throughout Key Stage 2.

By the end of Key Stage 2, our pupils will be able-

  • To create sketch books to record their observations and use them to review and revisit ideas
  • To improve their mastery of art and design techniques, including drawing, painting, printing, textiles and sculpture with a range of materials (for example, pencil, charcoal, different paints, clay, fabric…)
  • To discuss great artists, architects and designers in history.




Exploring and Developing Ideas (Ongoing)

Record and explore ideas from first hand observation, experience and imagination.

· Ask and answer questions about the starting points for their work, and develop their ideas.

· Explore the differences and similarities within the work of artists, craftspeople and designers in different times and cultures.

Select and record from first hand observation, experience and imagination, and explore ideas for different purposes.

· Question and make thoughtful observations about starting points and select ideas to use in their work. · Explore the roles and purposes of artists, craftspeople and designers working in different times and cultures.




Evaluating and Developing

Work (Ongoing)

Review what they and others have done and say what they think and feel about it.

· Identify what they might change in their current work or develop in their future work.

· Annotate work in sketchbooks.

Compare ideas, methods and approaches in their own and others’ work and say what they think and feel about them.

 · Adapt their work according to their views and describe how they might develop it further.

· Annotate work in sketchbook.


Year 1

Year 2

Year 3

Year 4

Year 5

Year 6


Use a variety of drawing tools, including pencils, rubbers, crayons, pastels, felt tips, charcoal, ballpoints, chalk and other dry media.

· Use a sketchbook to gather and collect artwork.

· Begin to explore the use of line, shape and colour.

Layer different media, e.g. crayons, pastels, felt tips, charcoal and ballpoint.

·Understand the basic use of a sketchbook and work out ideas for drawings.

· Draw for a sustained period of time from the figure and real objects, including single and grouped objects.

-Experiment with the visual elements; line, shape, pattern and colour.

Experiment with different grades of pencil.

 · Plan, refine and alter their drawings as necessary.

· Use their sketchbook to collect and record visual information from different sources.

· Draw for a sustained period of time at their own level.

 · Use different media to achieve variations in line, texture, tone, colour, shape and pattern.

Make informed choices in drawing including paper and media.

· Alter and refine drawings and describe changes using art vocabulary.

 · Collect images and information independently in a sketchbook.

 · Use research to inspire drawings from memory and imagination.

· Explore relationships between line and tone, pattern and shape, line and texture.

Use a variety of source material for their work.

· Work in a sustained and independent way from observation, experience and imagination.

 · Use a sketchbook to develop ideas.

· Explore the potential properties of the visual elements, line, tone, pattern, texture, colour and shape.

Demonstrate a wide variety of ways to make different marks with dry and wet media.

 · Identify artists who have worked in a similar way to their own work.

· Develop ideas using different or mixed media, using a sketchbook.

· Manipulate and experiment with the elements of art: line, tone, pattern, texture, form, space, colour and shape.


Use a variety of tools and techniques including the use of different brush sizes and types.

 · Mix and match colours to artefacts and objects.

 · Work on different scales.

· Mix secondary colours and shades using different types of paint.

 · Create different textures e.g. use of sawdust.

Mix a range of secondary colours, shades and tones.

·Experiment with painting tools and techniques.

 · Name different types of paint and their properties.

· Work on a range of scales e.g. large brush on large paper etc.

· Mix and match colours using artefacts and objects.

Mix a variety of colours and know which primary colours make secondary colours.

· Use a developed colour vocabulary.

· Experiment with different effects and textures.

· Work confidently on a range of scales e.g. thin brush on small picture etc.

Make and match colours with increasing accuracy.

· Use more specific colour language e.g. tint, tone, shade, hue.

· Choose paints and implements appropriately.

· Plan and create different effects and textures with paint according to what they need for the task.

· Show increasing independence and creativity with the painting process.

Demonstrate a secure knowledge about primary and secondary, warm and cold, complementary and contrasting colours.

· Work on preliminary studies to test media and materials.

· Create imaginative work from a variety of sources.

Create shades and tints using black and white.

· Choose appropriate paint, paper and implements to adapt and extend their work.

 · Carry out preliminary studies, test media and materials and mix appropriate colours.

· Work from a variety of sources, including those researched independently.

· Show an awareness of how paintings are created (composition).


· Make marks in print with a variety of objects, including natural and made objects.

· Carry out different printing techniques.

· Build a repeating pattern and recognise pattern in the environment.

Use a variety of printing techniques

 · Design patterns of increasing complexity and repetition.

· Print using a variety of materials and objects.

Print using a variety of materials, objects and techniques including layering.

 · Talk about the processes used to produce a simple print.

· To explore pattern and shape, creating designs for printing.

Research, create and refine a print using a variety of techniques.

· Select broadly the kinds of material to print with in order to get the effect wanted.

Explain a range of printing techniques

· Choose a printing method appropriate to task.

 · Build up layers and colours/textures.

· Organise their work in terms of pattern, repetition, symmetry or random printing styles.

· Choose inks and overlay colours.

Describe varied printing techniques.

 · Be familiar with layering prints.

· Be confident with printing on paper and fabric.

 · Alter and modify work.

· Work relatively independently.


Use a variety of techniques, e.g. weaving, finger knitting, fabric crayons, sewing and binca.

· How to thread a needle, cut, glue and trim material.

· Create images from imagination, experience or observation.

 · Use a wide variety of media, including photocopied material, fabric, plastic, tissue, magazines, crepe paper, etc.

Use a variety of techniques, including weaving, knitting, tie-dyeing, fabric crayons and wax or oil resist, appliqué and embroidery.

· Create textured collages from a variety of media.

· Make a simple mosaic.

· Stitch, knot and use other manipulative skills.

Use a variety of techniques, including printing, dying, quilting, weaving, embroidery and appliqué.

 · Name the tools and materials they have used.

· Develop skills in stitching. cutting and joining.

· Experiment with a range of media e.g. overlapping, layering etc.

Match the tool to the material.

· Combine skills more readily.

· Choose collage or textiles as a means of extending work already achieved.

 · Refine and alter ideas and explain choices using an art vocabulary.

· Collect visual information from a variety of sources, describing with vocabulary based on the visual and tactile elements.

Join fabrics in different ways, including stitching.

 · Use different grades and uses of threads and needles.

 · Extend their work within a specified technique.

· Use a range of media to create collage.

Awareness of the potential of the uses of material.

· Use different techniques, colours and textures when designing and making pieces of work.

· To be expressive and analytical to adapt, extend and justify their work.

3D Form

Manipulate malleable media in a variety of ways, e.g. rolling, kneading and shaping.

 · Explore sculpture with a range of malleable media.

·Experiment with, construct and join recycled, natural and man-made materials.

· Explore shape and form.

Manipulate clay for a variety of purposes.

·Understand the safety and basic care of materials and tools.

Experiment with, construct and joining more confidently.

Join clay or other sculpting materials adequately and work reasonably independently.

 · Cut and join materials safely and effectively. 

· Plan, design and make models.

Make informed choices about the 3D technique chosen.

· Show an understanding of shape, space and form.

· Plan, design, make and adapt models.

· Talk about their work understanding that it has been sculpted, modelled or constructed.

 · Use a variety of sculpting materials.

Describe the different qualities involved in modelling, sculpture and construction.

· Use recycled, natural and man-made materials to create sculpture.

 · Plan a sculpture through drawing and other preparatory work.

Develop skills in using clay including slabs, coils, slips, etc.

 · Create sculpture and constructions with increasing independence.

Please take a look at our Lydgate Gallery below to view some of the fantastic art and design work we produce at our school

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Years 5 and 6

Perspective, Line and Pastel Drawings inspired by the Artist L.S Lowry





Pupils in Year 5 and 6 were taught some skill based drawing lessons in using perspective.

They applied these skills to draw a street scene in the style of L.S Lowry.

Amazing skills were demonstrated in the use of perspective in the drawings produced.


William Morris Inspired Motif Designs and Prints


Pupils looked at the work of William Morris and were able to identify that he used repetition and symmetry in many of his designs. They applied this to their own designs and in their sketchbooks they used a 2 or 4 quadrant grid to support them in using symmetry. They used lino tiles to etch their design and printed onto fabric.


These Ancient Greek Pots were made out of clay and were decorated using Greek patterns.

The pupils worked over a number of weeks to develop their skills in kneading, rolling and joining the coiled clay pots.

The clay pots were decorated with delicate, detailed Greek patterns using a small brush.

Some pupils added clay handles or a lid to their designs.


Years 3 and 4

Impressionist style paintings inspired by the artist Claude Monet. The pupils developed their colour mixing skills and using the techniques he used in their own art work.






Some pupils used the technique of pointillism (a series of small dots) that Monet used in some of his artwork. They used a variety of brushes to achieve different sized dots in their work.






Pupils developed their colour mixing skills and began to discuss which primary colours needed to be mixed together in order to create secondary colours.


Years 1 and 2


Sketchbook work inspired by the artists Henri Matisse, Paul Klee and Roy Lichtenstein.





The pupils looked at the work of these famous artists and in their sketchbooks they began to experiment with the styles of their chosen artist.





This pupil has used the style of Roy Lichtenstein. They have used small dots to begin to add colour to the image.

Year 2 pupils developed their DT skills in order to cut, join and assemble these fantastic Tudor houses linked to their topic of The Great Fire of London.




Their Tudor houses were used to recreate a street scene during The Great Fire of London. The pupils watched in amazement!


Amazing Creative Homework Projects


Many of our pupils apply their learning in art and design to produce some independent homework projects linked to their learning in school



Homework projects produced by two pupils in Year 5 demonstrated their amazing DT skills.

The tortoises that they made were able to move by using simple mechanisms.

Their homework project linked to their Science learning about Charles Darwin and his work on the Galapagos Islands.


This pupil used some stones from her grandmother’s garden to draw a William Morris motif and a Lowry factory building. She sent these photos to her teacher during the COVID-19 lockdown. This demonstrated fantastic independent work using her knowledge of these Victorian artists.







This pupil applied his amazing DT skills in order to construct a 3D model of the HMS Beagle in which Charles Darwin travelled.

The level of cutting, joining and assembling in his homework project is out of this world!!

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