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Year 1

In line with the National Curriculum children in Key Stage 1 should be taught:

- To use a range of materials creatively to design and make products.

- To use drawing, painting and sculpture to develop and share their ideas, experiences and imagination.

- To develop a wide range of art and design techniques in using colour, pattern, texture, line, shape and space.

- About the work of a range of artists, craft makers and designers, describing the differences and similarities between different practices and disciplines, and making links to their own work.


During Key Stage 1, Art and Design is about developing children's creativity and imagination through providing art, craft and design activities that relate to children's own identities and experiences, the natural and made objects and materials with which they are familiar and the locality in which they live. They are introduced to some materials for the first time and experiment whilst working towards an outcome. This is usually linked to their topic of that term, allowing for cross curricular learning and a deepening in knowledge.


In Year 1 we focus on 6 key areas of skill and knowledge in art and design: 



 - Can they communicate something about themselves in their drawing?

 - Can they experiment with mark making using different media? (pencil, rubber, crayon, pastel, felt tips, charcoal, chalk, ballpoint)

- Can they draw lines and shapes from observation?

- Can they invent lines and shapes in drawing?



- Can they communicate something about themselves in their painting?

- Can they choose to use thick and thin brushes as appropriate?

- Can they paint a picture of something from observation?

- Can they name the primary and secondary colours?


PRINTING (Year 1/2 criteria)

- Can they print with a range of hard and soft materials? (sponges, vegetables, fruit, cork, flowers)

- Can they make simple monoprints?

- Can they create a repeating pattern?


3D/ TEXTILES (Year 1/2 criteria) 

- Can they cut and form different kinds of shapes?

- Can they manipulate clay in a variety of ways? (rolling, joining, kneading).

- Can they work safely with materials and tools?

- Can they add texture and patterns to malleable materials?

- Can they choose fabrics/threads based on colour, texture and shape?

- Can they apply shapes with glue or basic stitches?



- Can they fold and tear paper?

- Can they create images from a variety of media? (photocopies, magazines, fabric, magazines, newspaper…)

- Can they glue materials to different backgrounds?



In Year 1 children study the art of Andy Goldsworthy and Andy Warhol. 

- Can they describe whether they like/dislike the work of another artist/craft maker/designer?

- Can they ask sensible questions about a piece of art?

- Develop and share their ideas.

- Try things out and make changes.