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Leiston Primary School

The Arts





Art and design stimulates creativity and imagination. It provides visual, tactile and sensory experiences, and a way of understanding and responding to the world. The children at Leiston Primary School use their art work as a form of visual communication and personal expression in a variety of media and techniques. Our aim is to foster creative confidence and a sense of curiosity which children can carry with them beyond their primary school years.




Art is taught throughout the school from Nursery to Year 6. Art may be taught as a discrete lesson or taught through cross curricular lessons. The children at Leiston Primary are taught a range of different media and look at famous artists and craftspeople to help inspire ideas and creativity. Practical skills are revisited each year to enable progression and allow children to evaluate their methods.



Progression is supported by the focus on discrete lessons, while creativity is further encouraged and developed through the cross-curricular approach. Discussions with pupil parliament have shown that Art is celebrated throughout the school and children feel supported to experiment with their creativity.


If you would like to support your child in the development of their creative skills, these websites may be useful:

Celebrating the Queen's Jubilee.

We have been busy preparing some amazing portraits for the Leiston celebration of the Queen's Jubilee.  Look out for our portraits at the picnic in town and also displayed in the Cooperative Funeral Parlour.

Spring 2022

A little insight into cross curricular art around the school this term.

In Reception we have been thinking about Space. We drew pictures of rockets with lots of details.

Celebrating Chinese New Year - the year of the tiger.

Year 3 and 4 working as a team.

Year 5 and 6 have been learning about traditions in Ancient Egypt and have made their own Death masks.

Year 5 made some beautiful Egyptian sunset pictures and learnt how to write in hieroglyphics.

As part of our whole school "Sunflowers for Ukraine" day.

Art at Leiston Autumn 2021

It's wonderful to walk around the school and see all the amazing displays showing how we are learning about artists and responding to that with our own creative work.  Here is a snippet of what's happening:

Year 1 have been looking paintings by Georgia O'Keefe, thinking about form and colour.

Year 2 have been looking at "The Snail" by Matisse and responded to it with collages inspired by it.

Year 5 have been learning about "Space" this term and have looked at the work of the painter Peter Thorpe. They have made their own wonderful paintings of life in space based on his style.

Year 6 have been considering the work of the abstract artist  Kandinsky and asking the question "What does it mean to be a pioneer?"

Creative Leiston Summer 2021

Leiston Primary School became involved in the "Creative Leiston" project involving local arts and crafts people exhibiting their work in and around Leiston in June and July 2021.  The children really enjoyed this opportunity to express their creativity through textiles, painting and sculpture.  Work was exhibited in the Long Shop museum as well as shop windows around the town.  Here are some examples for you to enjoy!

Design and Technology



DT  is a practical subject that is based on a broad range of subject knowledge and draws on disciplines such as mathematics, science, engineering, computing and art.  Using creativity and imagination, pupils design and make products that solve real and relevant problems within a variety of contexts, considering their own and others’ needs, wants and values. 

During their time at Leiston Primary School children will consider different areas within the subject. These areas are : Food and Nutrition, Textiles, Structures and Mechanisms.  As well as learning vital practical skills they will consider real life products, designs and designers and consider the impact of their work.


Design Technology is taught in a progressive manner, visiting and revisiting the areas, building on prior knowledge and skills and enabling children to acquire life long practical skills as well as the ability to be reflective, evaluating their own and others’ work and identifying how to improve.


DT is an inclusive  subject. All lessons are differentiated. This means teachers plan activities that enable the objective to be learned by all children including those who will find the objective challenging, those children who with hard work will secure good progress and those children who can tackle extra stretch and challenge in this subject.  It enables children to access and enhance their understanding of their home, their town and the wider community, developing their cultural capital and giving them opportunities and choices about their future and their impact as they progress through their school career and beyond. This will help them become successful members of modern British society, preparing them for the challenges and opportunities. 


LTP for DT 2020/21

Children will revisit the different areas within DT throughout their time at Leiston, progressively building on their knowledge and skills.  Here are the skills we expect children to learn at the different stages:


Food and Nutrition

Foundation Stage: Begin to develop a food vocabulary using taste, smell, texture and feel. They start to think about the need for a variety of foods in a diet. Understand need for basic hygiene when handling food.


Key Stage 1: Begin to understand that all food comes from plants or animals. Begin to develop children’s peeling and chopping skills.  Assemble ingredients to prepare food, using simple tools to cut, peel or grate safely and hygienically.Know that food has to be farmed, grown elsewhere (e.g. home) or caught. Understand how to name and to sort into food groups. Begin to use techniques such as cutting, peeling and grating.  Prepare food safely and hygienically, measuring and weighing ingredients using measuring cups and digital scales.


Lower Key Stage 2 : Begin to know that food is grown (such as tomatoes, wheat and potatoes), reared (such as pigs, chickens and cattle) and caught (such as fish) in the UK, Europe and the wider world.Be able to use a range of techniques such as peeling, chopping, slicing and grating. Follow a recipe, using appropriate utensils and measuring skills to prepare predominantly savoury dishes safely and hygienically. 


Upper Key Stage 2: Understand that seasons may affect the food available. Understand how food is processed into ingredients that can be eaten or used in cooking. Become increasingly skilled at peeling, chopping, slicing, grating, mixing, kneading and baking. As designers, create and refine recipes that demonstrate a range of baking and cooking techniques, applying previously learned skills.


Foundation stage: Children are exposed to different fabrics and experiment with cutting and collaging.


Key Stage 1: Children learn how to weave. Children learn how to sew and join fabrics using a running stitch. Children learn how to cut  out shapes which have been created by drawing round a template onto the fabric. Children  begin to sew using a range of basic stitches


Lower Key Stage 2: Children are able to join fabrics using a range of stitches with increasing independence. They learn how to add further decoration to their work using buttons , beads, sequins etc.


Upper Key Stage 2: Children can create  products using pattern pieces and demonstrate an awareness of seam allowance. Children can pin and tack fabric pieces together. They can join fabrics  by over sewing,  back stitch and blanket stitch. Children are able to make quality products with increasing accuracy and independence. 


Foundation stage: Begin to build structures with a range of materials inside and out.

Key Stage 1: Begin to build structures, joining components together to create a finished product. Explore how they can be made stronger, stiffer and more stable.


Lower Key Stage 2: Build structures with increasing  independence . Begin to demonstrate  a growing understanding of how to reinforce and strengthen their finished products.


Upper Key Stage 2: Build innovative, functional, appealing, structures that are fit for purpose. Evidence how products can be made stronger and more stable. Use finishing techniques to strengthen and improve the appearance of their models.



Foundation stage: With support begin to incorporate moving parts into models.  For example, use split pins to make body parts move.


Key Stage 1: With some initial support and then progressively more independence, begin to explore and use simple mechanisms . For example, use sliders in moving pictures, hinges into models etc. Begin to incorporate wheels and axles into their products.


Lower Key Stage 2: Begin to develop an understanding  that mechanical systems such as levers and linkages or pneumatic systems can  create movement.  Begin to incorporate these into their products.


Upper Key Stage 2: Develop an understanding of  how cams, pulleys or gears create movement. Create and use prototypes. Investigate products incorporating circuits. Design and make products with these features.


Children at Leiston Primary school have the opportunity to develop skills through Design and Technology projects throughout the year. 

Matilda(Year 6) "In DT you learn to be creative, experiment and figure out what works for yourself using lots of different materials."

Below are some recent examples of DT across the school.



Leiston Christmas Fair

Students are set the challenge of making and selling products at our whole school Christmas Fair with a budget of only £10.  A real life challenge to appeal to the market!

Knex Challenge.  

Year 5 and 6 explore Knex and are set the challenge of making a moving windmill.


Children in Year 1 learn about the history and structure of castles.

DT in the Foundation Stage

Children in Reception exploring and investigating Design and Technology through their play.