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Intent of the Art Curriculum at Lakeside

At Lakeside Primary Academy, we are excited about supporting our pupils to become creative, adventurous and skilled artists. We want to encourage them to become risk-takers, to become knowledgeable about artists across cultures and genres and to be inspired to create art that they are proud of.

Our intent for art and design is to ensure all pupils develop their own original ideas by:

  • developing personal and creative responses through a variety of ways using different media and processes.
  • developing techniques that they can use purposefully, which they will then evaluate, review and improve.
  • gathering knowledge of significant artists from differing genre’s, exploring a differing range of skills that will support their own creative practise.

Implementation of the Art Curriculum at Lakeside

We have developed our Art curriculum to ensure their learning builds upon the knowledge they learnt in previous year groups and topics. We adopt a topic - based approach to our curriculum. Each year, the children study five different topics and Art knowledge is linked to these topics. There will not be Art learning in every topic but full coverage of the Art National Curriculum is achieved over the course of the year and the children's journey through school. This ensures that the children develop their Art and Design skills as they progress through the Early Years, Key Stage 1 and 2 curriculum in a progressive, immersive, creative and engaging way. You can view our Art progression map here. 


          If you have any questions regarding our art curriculum at Lakeside, please contact Mrs Mathers via the School Office. 



                                     "Leaf" WORLD BOOK DAY Spring 2024

During Book Week, 2024, all of our pupils focussed on the story 'Leaf' to create some wonderful pieces of art and literacy that can be seen in the school hall. Across the school, each year group concentrated on the painting skills to produce their creations. 

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                                        WINDRUSH WEEK June 2023

During Summer Term 2, 2023, all of our pupils learned about the history of the Windrush Generation. Children read wonderful stories, met G.M. Linton online, the author of "My Name is Sunshine Simpson," listened to music that was popular  in the 1950s and produced a variety of artwork linked to this whole-school project. 

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                             "THE DOT" by Peter H Reynolds   Summer 2023

Our whole school art project in the Summer, was to explore the vibrancy of "dots" - we were inspired by the beautiuful story of "The Dot." We celebrated our uniqueness through these dits because no dot was the same as any other.





Our classes have new names! We are all named after birds, many of which can be spotted on and around  the nearby lake. The subject for our whole school Art Week was "Brilliant Birds" and the skills focus was pencil sketching. Progression was shown in the use of different thicknesses of pencil to create a variety of effects: line, texture, perspective. Our Lakeside Artists made us very, very proud!

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SUMMER ART WEEK 2022: 'The Lost Words'

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Every school in Doncaster was gifted a copy of "The Lost Words", a stunningly beautiful anthology of poetry inspired by nature. The poetry is by Robert McFarlane and the illustrations are by Jackie Morris. Each class took one page of text and artwork and re-imagined the images using a range of media, including watercolours, clay, pastel and crayon.   


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Autumn Art Week : Remembrance Day - "Lest We Forget"

Our whole school art project in Autumn focussed our attention about how silhouettes and purposeful use of colour can promote thoughtful reflection and  a sombre, sad atmosphere. 

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Let's explore how every year group in school go on

their artistic adventures!




The new 2023 cohort have been exploring their new provision and are at the very beginning of their artistic development and journey here at Lakeside.

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To find out more on the early years curriculum, please look at the new 'Development Matters' document.  The Expessive Arts and Design section of the early years curriculum is from page 114. 

The reception children have also started their weekly visits to our Forest School. This week they could make representations of people, especially those closest to them as our topic is all about our community this half term. 



Autumn-Colour Mixing 

The children have experimented with different poster paints, and they have tried to create the colours they have observed during the changing season.

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'The Leaf Man'

The children have used natural resources to create their own versions of the 'Leaf Man'.

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'Goldilocks And The Three Bears'

This week the children in the early years unit have been working with clay to produce one of the three bears.

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Year 1

"Bright Lights, Big City"

Year 1 children have been exploring the capital city of London through their artwork and their use of pencil to represent the architecture of Elizabeth Tower, which houses the magnificent bell known as "BIG BEN."


The children have been practising their sketching and observation skills during the last half term.



Year 2


Year 2 children have been experimenting with marbelling, having been inspired by the works of art by Henri Matisse.


Y2 have also been experimenting with mixing primary colours to produce tertiary colours. Look at our colour wheels!



We have been intrigued by the collage works of art by Kurt Schwitters. 

Year 3



See how our Y3 children have captured the mysterious and spectacular images of Stone Age Cave art. 

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Year 4


Look at Y4s Anglo-Saxon Village!!!! Let's walk through the village and see what we can see.




The Story of Romulus and Remus - graphic novel style!



      Year 6   

  Pencil sketching in Y6.

As part of our topic on "A Child's War," our Y6 artists produced portraits of two young people who grew up during the Second World war: Sadako Sasaki, who lived in Hiroshima when the US military dropped the atomic bomb and Anne Frank, who hid from the Nazis in a secret annexe in her father's factory in Holland  Our artists worked hard to create as true likenesses as possible but rose to the challenge of creating a sense of the personality of each of the children. We also produced miniature sketches as part of our Topic Landing Posters.

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Y6 used  a variety of techniques to shape clay into closely observed hearts as part of our unit of work, "Blood Heart." We also drew hearts including as much scientific detail as we could.


On World Book Day, we were astounded at our our own works of art! We mixed tints, shades and tones and created our own Wild Wood as part of our exploration of the beautiful story, "Leaf"

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Last year's Y6 artists explored textiles with a an artist from DARTS, Doncaster. They created tie-dye scarves. How surprised were we with the final artwork!

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Forest School

We are very lucky here at Lakeside as we have our own forest school area within our grounds. The children have the opportunity to develop their skills and resilience, whilst exploring the world of transient art. Here is a small selection of the work that has been produced so far.....

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Mrs  Mathers was delighted to take some of our Y5 artists to Hill House to take part in an Arts Workshop, exploring the exuberant art of Beatriz Milhazes. Our Lakeside artists created really colourful, exciting works of art and shared the experience with children from other schools in Doncaster.



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