Art and Design

Art, craft and design embody some of the highest forms of human creativity. A high-quality art and design education should engage, inspire and challenge pupils, equipping them with the knowledge and skills to experiment, invent and create their own works of art, craft and design. As pupils progress, they should be able to think critically and develop a more rigorous understanding of art and design. They should also know how art and design both reflect and shape our history, and contribute to the culture, creativity and wealth of our nation.


National Curriculum for Art and Design 

Our teaching of this subject and the expectations we have of children are underpinned by the National Curriculum Programme of Study for Art and Design.

In each year group, children will be taught:

  • to produce creative work using a range of media and techniques
  • to explore and record their ideas and experiences, particularly using sketch books
  • to become more and more proficient in drawing, painting, sculpture and other art, craft and design techniques
  • to think about their own work and analyse the work of others
  • to about great artists, craft makers and designers and their art forms

Year Group Expectations

By the end of the each year, we expect children to be able to:

Year 1

  • experiment with pencils, charcoal, chalk, pastels and pens
  • can show how people feel in drawings
  • observe and draw shapes from observations
  • identify primary colours and mix primary shades and tones
  • create a repeating pattern in print
  • cut, shape and decorate fabric
  • create fabrics by weaving
  • construct using recycled and natural materials
  • collage with different materials working on different scales
  • describe and give opinions about the work of different artists, crafts makers and designers 

Year 2

  • investigate tone by drawing light and dark patterns and shape using pencils, charcoal and pastels
  • investigate texture by drawing on different surfaces with a range of media
  • mix paint to create secondary colours
  • create simple printing blocks
  • design more repetitive patterns
  • apply colour to fabric using printing, dipping, fabric crayons
  • create and use dye
  • use 2D shape to create a 3D form exploring sculpture with a range of materials
  • create, select and use texture to collage
  • create images from a range of media
  • suggest how artists have used colour, pattern and shape
  • describe the similarities of different artists, craft makers and designers making links to own work

Year 3

  • show facial expressions in drawings
  • experiment with ways that detail can be added to drawings
  • use sketch books to record observations and use them to review and revisit ideas
  • use a range of brushes to create different effects in painting
  • work on a range of scales
  • identify the different techniques used by different artists
  • create printing blocks with an impressed method
  • use printing, weaving, dyeing to create different textural effects
  • plan, design and make models using clay
  • compare the work of different artists
  • recognise art from different cultures
  • discuss great artists, architects and designers in history

Year 4

  •  use different grades of pencil and other implements to draw different forms and shapes
  • use line, tone, shape and colour to represent figure and forms in movement
  • show facial expression and body language in sketches
  • draw for a sustained period of time at an appropriate level
  • show an awareness of objects having a third dimension
  • use more specific colour language when painting
  • use and mix tints and shades when painting
  • print onto different materials
  • stitch, cut and join fabric to create a design
  • create surface patterns and textures in a malleable material
  • use paper mache to create a 3D object
  • explore the roles of artists, architects and designers working in different times and cultures
  • experiment with the styles used by other artists

Year 5

  •  use shading when drawing to create mood and feeling
  • draw using line, tone, shape and colour to represent figures and forms in movement
  • use a variety of view finders to develop close observation skills
  • develop a painting from a drawing
  • experiment with different media and materials and mix appropriate colours
  • create an accurate print design following criteria
  • create printing blocks by simplifying initial sketch book ideas
  • use different needles and thread
  • experiment with a range of media to overlap and layer creating different colours and textures and effects
  • shape, form, model and construct from observation and imagination
  • use a range of media to create collage
  • explore the roles of artists, architects and designers working in different times and cultures

Year 6 

  • express emotion in my drawings
  • choose different implements to create certain effects
  • use different techniques for different purposes in my drawings
  • use simple perspective when drawing using a focal point and horizon
  • mix and match colours to create atmosphere and effect
  • show awareness of composition, scale and proportion when painting
  • create imaginative work from a variety of sources
  • plan a sculpture through drawing and other preparatory work
  • use natural, recycled and man-made materials to produce sculptures
  • use different colours and textures when designing and making pieces of work
  • use collage as a means of extending work from initial ideas
  • explore the roles of artists, architects and designers working in different times and cultures

The above are taught through discrete art session and art project work which usually relates to a topic or theme.


Some of the artists studied throughout school are:

  • L S Lowry
  • Vincent Van Gogh
  • Kandinsky
  • Andy Warhol
  • Monet

Art and Design from other Cultures

We also study art from different historical periods and cultures:

  • Roman Mosaics
  • Egyptian Art
  • African Art
  • Aboriginal Art
  • Celtic Art
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