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Art & Design

At North Lakes School, we believe that Art encourages self-expression and creativity and can build confidence as well as a sense of individual identity. We also believe that through studying art as an important aspect of our primary curriculum, it helps us to develop critical thinking and the ability to interpret the world around us.

We aim to increase confidence and competence in the use of different media, such as pencil, charcoal, paint, collage, inks, textiles and clay. 


Art teaching is embedded in other subjects, as well as taught discreetly to ensure progression. We encourage our children to learn about and from the work of other artists, and use this to inform their own art work. Our planning incorporates ideas from the local area and local artists, and those which broaden thinking from a wider global perspective.


The enjoyment of making, creating, building and adapting starts at a young age and continues to be built upon year on year, inclusive of all genders, ethnicities and beliefs. We promote the necessary skills for our children to develop their natural ability to be expressive and creative and we aim to instil pride by achieving finished work that is of a high standard.

Above all, Art at North Lakes is fun, engaging and enlightening as well as informative, structured and progressive.  In KS2, children develop their techniques, including their control and their use of materials, with creativity, experimentation and an increasing awareness of different kinds of art, craft and design.

When we are doing Art we will:

  • investigate, record and develop our ideas by collecting information in our sketch books;

  • learn to use different materials and tools (including ICT) to create our art work;

  • adapt our own work after discussing, comparing and learning from our own and others work;

  • learn more about the visual and tactile elements, such as colour, tone, line, texture, shape and form, pattern and composition and how we can use them.

  • look at art, craft and design work from different times and cultures and use this to help in developing our own work.


Subject Leader:  Mrs S Jenkinson
Updated: July 2022

*****N.B. Awaiting governor review. *****