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Art and Design

Key Stage 1

By the end of Key Stage 1, all pupils will have learnt:

  • to use a range of materials, including natural materials, paints and fabrics
  • to explore colours, patterns, textures and lines through both observing and creating artwork
  • to share and use their imagination, experiences and observations to create artwork 
  • about the work of a range of artists, craft makers and designers
  • to identify similarities and differences between artwork/artists.

Year 1

In year 1, all children will build on the skills learnt during their time in reception. They will be provided with lots of opportunities to further explore a range of materials and media whilst also being introduced to new technical vocabulary. They will explore and create art from natural materials such as sand, twigs, moss and flowers. They will develop the skill of working both independently and collaboratively, to create art on both smaller and larger scales. They will also be introduced to several significant artists, to inspire and motivate them. The year 1 art curriculum is explorative and exciting!

Year 2

In year 2, pupils will build on the skills learnt in year one. They will be introduced to the work of a range of artists, craft makers and designers and they will build on the skill of identifying and describing the differences and similarities between artwork. They will develop the skill of comparing their own artwork to others, whilst also learning to self-evaluate. They will continue to work with a range of materials, but they will be given more freedom to experiment through selecting materials and techniques of their choice. They will be introduced to new art and design techniques which involve exploring colour, pattern, texture, line, shape, form and space.


Key Stage 2

By the end of Key Stage 2, all pupils will have learnt:

  • learnt to develop their techniques, including their control and their use of materials 
  • developed an increased awareness of different kinds of art, craft and design
  • created a sketch books to record their observations and used them to review and revisit ideas  to improve their mastery of art and design techniques
  • developed their skills in drawing, painting and sculpting with a range of materials [for example, pencil, charcoal, paint, clay] 
  • learnt about great artists, architects and designers in history

Year 3

In year 3, pupils will build on the skills learnt in year 2, whilst also being introduced to new skills and concepts. In KS1, the children will have learnt how to paint, draw and sculpt. In year 3, they will begin to improve their art and design techniques. For example, they will learn how to use more advanced tools to mould and shape familiar materials, such as clay. All year 3 pupils will be introduced to new and exciting techniques and skills, such as learning to create art from recyclable materials and exploring the role of technology in art and design. They will also build on their evaluating skills through exposure to specific art, craft and design language.

Year 4

During year 4, children will continue to build on their learning from year 3. In year 4, the children are introduced to some materials for the first time, including printing ink and polystyrene. They are also introduced to the concept of warm and cool colours and they learn to use atmospheric techniques. Lots of the topics end with the children show casing their creations as this encourages them to take pride in their work and provides them with an opportunity to use technical art and design vocabulary to explain their artwork to others.

Year 5

In year 5, all pupils will build on their discussion skills and will continue to develop and practice their technical vocabulary. All pupils will build on their painting skills and they will be provided with the opportunity to develop their precision skills when they are introduced to portraits. They will build on the work from year 4 that focussed on body language and posture, by beginning to look at facial expressions and features. Art lessons are balanced with practical and theoretical elements to ensure that all pupils develop a thorough understanding of different forms of art, their meaning and purpose.

Year 6

In year 6, pupils will consolidate their knowledge and skills from previous years. They will be given lots of freedom and control over their own art and design creations, which provides them with a great opportunity to take ownership and showcase their skills. Some new techniques are also introduced, including carving a range of materials, such as breeze blocks and creating abstract paintings.

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