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Year 2

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, form 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 2 we focus on 6 key areas of skill and knowledge in art and design: 



-Can they create moods in their drawings? 

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

-Can they create different tones using light and dark? (applying different pressure, using different grades of pencils)

-Can they draw what they can see?

-Can they investigate patterns and textures by describing, naming, rubbing and copying?



-Can they create moods in their paintings?

-Can they mix paint to create all of the secondary colours?

-Can they mix and match colours and predict outcomes?

-Can they mix their own brown?

-Can they make tints by adding white?

-Can they make tones by adding black? 



- 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?



- 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 create individual and group collages?

-Can they choose materials for purpose to create their collage?

-Can they fold, crumple, tear and overlap paper?

-Can they create textured collages?

-Can they use different kinds of materials on their collage and explain why they have chosen them?



In Year 2 children study the art of Carl Warner.  

-Can they share what it is that they like/dislike about the work of others?

-Can they comment on how other artist/craft maker/designer have used colour, pattern and shape?

- Can they create a piece of work in response to another artist’s work?

- Can they make references to different practices, linking to their own work.