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Art & Design


Mrs H Percival

Art & Design Subject Leader


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Key Stage 1

  • Record and explore ideas from first hand observations
  • Ask and answer questions about the starting points for their work
  • Develop their ideas, try things out, charge their minds
  • Explore the work of artists, craftspeople and designers from different times and cultures for differences and similarities

Key Stage 2

  • Select and record from first hand observations, experience and imagination, and explore ideas for different purposes
  • Question and make thoughtful observations about starting points and select ideas to use in their work
  • Explore the roles and purposes of artists, craftspeople and designers working in different times and cultures

Key Stage 1

  • Review that they and others have doe and say what they think and feel about it
  • Identify what they might change in their current work or develop in future work

Key Stage 2

  • Compare ideas, methods and approaches in their own and others’ work and say what they think and feel about them
  • Adapt their work according to their views and describe how they might develop it further
  • Annotate work in a sketchbook

Nursery and Reception

  • Explore different media and apply on a range of surfaces
  • Create patterns using different lines

Years 1 and 2

  • Experiment with a variety of media
  • Control the size of marks they make
  • Observe and draw shapes from observations
  • Invent new shapes
  • Investigate tone by drawing light/dark lines, light/dark patterns, light/dark shapes
  • Investigate textures by describing, naming, rubbing, copying

Years 3 and 4

  • Make marks and lines with a wide range of drawing implements
  • Experiment with different grades of pencil and other implements
  • Begin to show an awareness of objects have a third dimension
  • Apply tone in a drawing in a simple way
  • Create textures with a wide range of drawing implements
  • Apply a simple use of pattern and texture in a drawing

Years 5 and 6

  • Use dry media to make different marks, lines, patterns and shapes within a drawing
  • Experiment with wet media
  • Explore colour mixing and blending techniques with coloured pencils
  • Use different techniques for different purposes
  • Start to develop their own style using tonal contrast and mixed media
  • Begin to simplify perspective
  • Begin to develop an awareness of composition, scale and proportion

Years 1 and 2

  • Explore ideas using digital sources
  • Record visual information using digital cameras, video recorders etc
  • Use a simple graphics package to create images and effects
  • Use basic selection and cropping tools

Years 3 and 4

  • Record and collect visual information using digital cameras and video recorders
  • Present recorded images using software
  • Use a graphics package to create images and effects

Years 5 and 6

  • Use a graphics package to create and manipulate new images
  • Be able to import an image into a graphics package
  • Understand that a digital image is created by layering
  • Create layered images from original ideas

Nursery and Reception

  • Explore the qualities of paint
  • Apply thick/thin paint with fingers, sponges, thick brushes, card and sticks etc
  • Mix powder paint using primary colours

Years 1 and 2

  • Use a variety of tools and techniques including different brush sizes and types
  • Mix and match colours to artefacts and objects
  • Work on different scales
  • Experiment with tools and techniques
  • Name different types of paint and their properties
  • Identify primary colours by name
  • Mix primary shades and tones
  • Create textured paint by adding sand/plaster

Years 3 and 4

  • Experiment with different effects and textures
  • Work on a range of scales
  • Create different effects and textures with paint according to what they need for the task
  • Mix colours and know which primary colours make secondary colours
  • Use more specific colour language
  • Mix and use tints and shades

Years 5 and 6

  • Develop painting from a drawing
  • Carry out preliminary studio, trying out different media and materials and mixing appropriate colours
  • Create imaginative work from a variety of sources
  • Mix and match colours to create atmosphere and light effects
  • Be able to identify primary, secondary, complimentary and contrasting colours

Nursery and Reception

  • Explore different kinds of printing
  • Apply finger paint on a shiny surface and take a mono print of it
  • Print with found objects using a growing selection of colours

Years 1 and 2

  • Print with a range of hard and soft materials
  • Make simple marks on rollers and printing palettes
  • Make simple prints
  • Roll printing ink over found objects to create patterns
  • Build repeating patterns and recognise pattern in the environment
  • Create simple printing blocks with press print
  • Design more repetitive patterns
  • Experiment with overprinting motifs and colour
  • Make rubbings to collect textures and patterns

Years 3 and 4

  • Create printing blocks using a relief or impressed method
  • Create repeating patterns
  • Print with two colour overlays

Years 5 and 6

  • Create printing blocks by simplifying an initial sketch book idea
  • Use relief or impressed method
  • Create prints with three overlays
  • Work into prints with a range of media

Nursery and Reception

  • Glue a selection of materials onto card or fabric
  • Talk about the different textures
  • Sort materials, threads, fabrics, yarns etc into colours, textures and arrange in a pattern

Years 1 and 2

  • Match and sort fabrics and threads for colour, texture, length, size and shape
  • Change and modify threads and fabrics, knotting, fraying, fringing, pulling threads, twisting, plaiting
  • Cut and shape fabric using scissors/snips
  • Apply shapes with glue or by stitching
  • Apply decoration using beads, buttons, feathers etc
  • Create cords and plaits for decoration
  • Apply colour with printing, dipping, fabric crayons
  • Create and use dyes
  • Create fabrics by weaving materials

Years 3 and 4

  • Use a variety of techniques to create different textural effects
  • Match the tool to the material
  • Develop skills in stitching, cutting and joining
  • Experiment with paste resist

Years 5 and 6

  • Use fabrics to create 3D structures
  • Use different grades of threads and needles
  • Experiment with batik techniques
  • Experiment with a range of media to overlap and layer creating interesting colours and textures and effects

Years 1 and 2

  • Manipulate malleable materials in a variety of ways including rolling and kneading
  • Explore sculpture with a range go malleable media
  • Manipulate malleable materials for a purpose
  • Understand the safety and basic care of materials and tools
  • Experiment with constructing and joining recycled, natural and manmade materials
  • Use simple 2D shapes to create a 3D form
  • Change the surface of a malleable material

Years 3 and 4

  • Plan, design and make models from observation or imagination
  • Join clay adequately and construct a simple base for extending and modelling other shapes
  • Create surface patterns and textures in a malleable material
  • Use papier mache to create a simple 3D object

Years 5 and 6

  • Shape, form, model and construct from observation and imagination
  • Use recycled, natural and manmade materials to create sculptures
  • Plan a sculpture through drawing ad other preparatory work
  • Develop skills in using clay including slabs, coils, slips etc
  • Produce intricate patterns and textures in a malleable media

Nursery and Reception

  • Explore different papers tear and cut to make a collage of a variety of textures
  • Explore a growing range of collage materials
  • Sort into groups of smooth, rough, shiny etc and create corresponding collages

Years 1 and 2

  • Create images from a variety of media
  • Arrange and glue materials to different backgrounds
  • Sort and group materials for different purposes
  • Fold, crumple, tear and overlap papers
  • Work on different scales
  • Collect, sort, name and match colours appropriately for an image
  • Create and arrange shapes appropriately
  • Create, select and use textured paper for an image

Years 3 and 4

  • Experiment with a range of collage techniques such as tearing, overlapping and layering to create images and represent textures
  • Use collage as a means of collecting ideas and information and building a visual vocabulary

Years 5 and 6

  • Add collage to a printed or drawn background
  • Use a range of media to create collages
  • Use different techniques, colours and textures etc when designing and making pieces of work
  • Use collage as a means of extending work from initial ideas

Year 3 Art Workshop, Klee Style, July 2013

When artist Peter Swidrak visited our school, pupils across the school had a chance to enjoy a whole day of Art! Activities included hunting for treasure in some famous works of Art and even creating their own work of Art too!


Year 3 Blitz Collages

Year 3 made some vibrant collages to show the effects of the Blitz on cities across the country during World War 2.


Craft Club

Children from all year groups have the chance to get creative in our after school Craft Club.


Year 5 Hunters Project, July 2013

Year 5 made tunics using different materials as part of their Hunters Project.


Year 5 listened to authentic African music and studied the daily lives of Hunters to inspire dance and drama and create musical compositions.