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Art and Design curriculum


The Lakefield art and design curriculum aims to inspire pupils and develop their confidence to experiment and invent their own works of art. The curriculum is designed to give pupils every opportunity to develop their ability, nurture their imagination and interests, express their ideas and thoughts about the world, as well as learning about the rich heritage and culture of the local area and beyond.

The Lakefield scheme of work supports pupils to meet the National curriculum end of key stage expectations, it also covers the National Society for Education in Art and Design’s progression competencies.


The Lakefield scheme of work has four core themes:

  • Making skills
  • Formal Elements: line, shape, tone, texture, pattern and colour
  • Knowledge of artists
  • Evaluating

These strands are visited through every planned unit. Each year group has three planned units, two of which are Art and design skills and Formal elements of art. In these units, pupils have the opportunity to learn and practise skills discretely. The knowledge and skills from these units are then applied through other units in our scheme. The key skills developed in the Lakefield art curriculum are revisited, using a spiral approach. It enables children to revise and build on their previous learning.

Our curriculum develops pupil’s knowledge and understanding of key artists and art movements through the “every picture tells a story” and links to the work of artists through practical work. Children meet this unit in year 4 and 5.  Children are able to explore their creativity and produce independent outcomes by making their own creative choices and decisions, which are unique and personal to them. Each art lesson is practical and encourages experimental and exploratory learning.  Key stage one and two use sketchbooks to document their ideas. Lessons are accessible and enjoyable to all, supporting and stretching where needed. Each unit has a knowledge organiser to help build a foundation of factual knowledge by encouraging recall of key facts and vocabulary.

We use the art scheme of work from Kapow. It has provided key videos, both for teachers and pupils, to support the teaching and learning of art and to ensure it is of the highest quality.


The curriculum is designed to enable children to evaluate, talk and make decisions about the quality of their outcomes the improvements they need to may need to make. By participating in regular discussions about their decision-making process, children will know facts and key information about art, that they will be able to talk confidently about their learning journey.

We assess the children’s knowledge and understanding against the learning objectives for each lesson and at the end of each unit there is a quiz and knowledge catcher.

Children should leave Lakefield with a secure knowledge of art techniques and confidence to explore their creativity in art by producing creative work, exploring and recording their ideas and experiences, being proficient in drawing, p painting sculpture and other art craft and design techniques, evaluate and analyse creative works using subject specific language, know about great artists and the historical and cultural development of their art. This will enable children to meet the end of key stage expectations outlined in the national curriculum for art and design.

knowledge organiser

What is a ‘Knowledge Organiser’?

A Knowledge Organiser is a go-to document for a Unit of work: each one identifies the key information that children can refer to in lessons for a particular Unit of work, and it also acts as a tool to support children in retaining and retrieving knowledge for life-long learning.

How do they help children?

They provide the essential knowledge that children need to cover in the Unit, shared at the beginning so children know what they are going to be learning.
Knowledge Organisers help them to remember key dates, key people, key events, vocabulary and definitions and key concepts.
They can be used as a fun assessment tool to help remember the Units.
They improve their ability to remember.
Knowledge Organisers help them to develop other skills - e.g. when writing a nonfiction report, if they already have the knowledge they can focus on the writing skills.

How do they help parents?

Parents will have a better understanding of what the children are learning. They will allow parents to build on their knowledge at home and provide an easy tool for parents to quiz children at home (and children to quiz parents!)

The Knowledge Organisers are used to support the delivery of the curriculum and contain a list of technical vocabulary with definitions. Each organiser also has an accompanying quiz, which is regularly taken by the children in school to help children recall the key knowledge from each Unit of work.

Examples of the Knowledge Organisers can be seen to the right.

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