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Year groupAutumn1Autumn 2Spring 1Spring 2Summer 1Summer 2

introduction to primary colours

manipulating dough

Exploring line and shape

folding, sticking and tearing - introduction to collage.mixing paint using brushes, toothbrushes to paint night sky paintings.Drawing skills: lines, zig, zags, spirals, straight lines and curvy lines.Clay skillsCreating patterns
ReceptionDrawing human form.  Developing painting skillsDigital art and print making

Refining drawing skills

Revision of colour mixing

Clay skills

Patterns. Print making.



Collage work



making models



Year 1Mix it - basic colour theory. Use of colour in artwork.

Fabulous features and funny faces

Developing collage

Rain and Sunrays

Collagraph printing using motifs.


Relief and mural making, Artist study: James Rizzi

Year 2

Exploring colour

Hues, colour in art work.  Block printing.

Still life

Development of sketching skills. Colour composition, subject matter and texture.


Flower head

Sculptural forms. Yayoi Kusama study.


Year 3

Contrast and complement

Colour families



Prehistoric pots

Bell Beaker pottery.

Extending clay skills.


Printmaking and clay sculpture.  Development of drawing techniques.



Beautiful Botanicals

Genre of botanical art. Sketches and colour studies. Watercolour.

Year 4

Warm and cool colours

Water colour techniques, colour theory development

Aboriginal art


Landscapes. Atmospheric perspective. 





Drawing animals, exploring patterns and making a block print.

Clay work  - making a 3 D animal




Statues, statuettes and figurines

figurative art.  





Year 5

Colour in landscapes

tints, tones and shade. 

Light, lines and shadows 

Picasso and Rembrandt study.

Mixed media

Collage  - paper and fabric collage.

Mixed media art work



Continuous line drawing and large scale drawing.



Year 6

Colour and Style

Revision of expressionism, impressionism and Fauvism movements.

Distortion and Abstraction

Artistic concepts of abstraction and distortion. Cubism, Orphism. 


Art, craft and traditions of Inuit culture.  Printing, stencilling.

Kenojauak Ashevak.



Trailblazers and Barrier Breakers

Black artists research.

Bees, Butterflies and Beetles

Nature and natural world drawing, sketching, painting and clay.


We value Art and Design as an important part of the children’s entitlement to a broad and balanced curriculum. Art and Design provides children with the opportunity to develop and extend skills and knowledge, and an opportunity to express their individual interests, thoughts and ideas. 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. We want our children to use the local area as inspiration, to learn from other cultures and to respect diversity. We have carefully selected a wide range of artists, craft makers and designers for children to study. Children will develop their understanding of the visual language of art with effective teaching and considered sequences of lessons and experiences. Understanding of the visual elements of art and design will be developed by providing a curriculum which will enable children to reach their full potential. Implementation The skills and knowledge that the children will learn throughout each art topic are mapped across each year group, beginning in Early Years, and are progressive throughout the school. 

Virtual Art Gallery.mp4

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Year 6 Developing Stencilling skills February 2022

Year 4 Developing line skills, inspired by Christa Rijneveld

Year 3 Further Developing printing skills with lino printing

Year 2 Still life sketching skills (Feb 22)

Year 1 - Collagraph printing

Be Kind, Be Brilliant