Lordship Lane Primary School

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Art & Design

Art & Design at Lordship Lane



At Lordship Lane, we believe in the value of art not only to develop children’s skills in the discipline, but also to build their creativity more widely. Our art curriculum gives children opportunities to create their own works of art by drawing, painting, sculpting and using textiles. However, our art curriculum aims not only to allow children to develop these skills but also to learn about famous artists and how they work.


Cultural Capital

At Lordship Lane we strive to give our children as wide an experience of art as possible.  Art builds skills and knowledge of the world which empowers our children with cultural capital for their future lives.  We value providing opportunities for our children to experience art in London’s rich cultural environment.  We believe in providing meaningful experiences that will enrich the artistic understanding and creativity of the children we teach.



Our art curriculum covers all the expectations of the National Curriculum and has been created just for our school so that we know it meets the needs and interests of children at Lordship Lane. Children work on three art projects over the year, one in each full term. At least one of these projects each year is based on drawing, because the skills it develops are so important to so many other aspects of art. Sometimes our art projects link to work in other subjects (e.g. in year 4, children make pots from clay while learning about the Ancient Greeks). However, other art projects have been chosen so that children can study famous artists and get the best possible range of artistic experiences.


Art Teaching

In EYFS, children experience art through Expressive Art and Design.  Children explore and play with a wide range of media and materials.  Our provision creates opportunities for children to share their thoughts, ideas, and feelings through a variety of activities such as painting, drawing or mark making.  Children have opportunities to explore the textures, movement, feel and look of different media and materials.  Children respond to a range of media and materials, develop their understanding of them in order to manipulate and create different effects.  Children also explore colour and use colours for particular purposes.


In key stages 1 and 2, children have either art or design and technology (DT) each half term. These are both taught in a block of a week, including up to a whole day to create the work or art, as well as lessons before and after this day so that children can prepare for and evaluate their work.



The table below offers a very broad overview of what children study in art each term.

Year GroupAutumn TermSpring TermSummer Term

Children explore different materials freely in a number of ways, including:

  • Developing their own ideas and then deciding which materials to use to express them.
  • Joining different materials and exploring different textures.
  • Creating closed shapes with continuous lines, and beginning to use these shapes to represent objects.
  • Drawing with increasing complexity and detail, such as representing a face with a circle and including details.
  • Using drawing to represent ideas like movement or loud noises.
  • Exploring colour and colour mixing.
  • Showing different emotions in their drawings and paintings.
RChildren explore, use and refine a variety of artistic effects to express their ideas and feelings. They also return to and build on their previous learning, refining ideas and developing their ability to represent them. They create artworks collaboratively, sharing ideas, resources and skills.

Painting: Children practice mixing colours. They produce a firework painting.

Drawing: Children use line drawing to draw London landmarks

Collage: Children develop their collage skills using a range of media.


Drawing: Children produce a still life study, focusing on light and shadows.

Sculpture: Children produce a name plate using clay and a range of decorate techniques

Printing: Children produce a repeated pattern inspired by Somali patterns.


Drawing: Children experiment with using different media, including pastel and charcoal to draw pieces inspired by cave art.

Painting: Children study Henri Matisse and produce pieces to show emotion in art.

Textiles: Children use felting to produce a piece inspired by Ancient Egypt.


Sculpture: Children use clay to produce pots inspired by the ancient Greeks.

Painting: Children explore how to add texture using different media, inspired by Ted Harrison.

Drawing: Children study Pablo Picasso and then produce a self-portrait in his style.


Printing: Children study Andy Warhol and then use printing to produce a repeating pattern inspired by his work.

Drawing: Children study Georgia O’Keefe before creating drawings of flowers inspired by her work.

Textiles: Children use tie-dying techniques to create an original tote bag.


Drawing: Children study Hokusai and use a range of dry media to draw.

Sculpture: Children use wire and mud clay to produce a sculpture on the theme of migration, inspired by the work of Antony Gormley.

Collage: Children use mixed media to produce a city scape of London.