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Year 3

In line with the National Curriculum, children in Key Stage 2 should be taught: 

- To create sketch books to record their observations and use them to review and revisit ideas.

- To improve their mastery of art and design techniques, including drawing, painting and sculpture with a range of materials [for example, pencil, charcoal, paint, clay]

- About great artists, architects and designers in history. 


Throughout Key Stage 2, Art and Design is about developing children's creativity and imagination by building on their previous knowledge, skills and understanding of materials and processes through providing more complex activities. Children's experiences help them to develop their understanding of the diverse roles and functions of Art and Design in the locality and in the wider world. They should by now be able to express opinions about art in the real world as well as how they fit into that.

In Year 3 we focus on 6 key areas of skill and knowledge in art and design: 



- Can they use a viewfinder to focus on a specific part of an artefact/scene before drawing in its entirety?

- Can they use a sketchbook to collect and develop ideas?

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

- Can they identify and draw simple objects, and use marks and lines to produce texture?

- Can they draw for sustained periods of time, listening to feedback of others and acting to improve detail?

- Can they experiment with at least 3 different grades of pencil to achieve varied tone and texture?



- Can they predict with accuracy the colours that they mix?

- Can they create their own colour wheel to show primary and secondary colours?

- Can they mix primary and secondary colours to create tertiary colours? (using appropriate vocabulary)

- Can they create a background using a wash?


PRINTING (Year 3/4 criteria) 

- Can they create a print using pressing, rolling, rubbing and stamping?

- Can they create a printing plate created from different textures?

- Can they create a print in a specific style? 

- Can they print onto different materials?

- Can they make a 2 colour print?


3D/ TEXTILES (Year 3/4 criteria) 

- Can they begin to sculpt clay and other mouldable materials?

- Can they plan a sculpture through drawing?

- Can they choose suitable materials to reach a desired outcome?

- Do they experiment with and combine materials to design and make a 3D form?

- Can they use recycled and manmade materials to create sculpture?

- Can they use papier mache to create simple 3D shapes?

- Can they use a variety of effects (printing, dying, weaving and stitching) to create different textural effects?



- Can they cut accurately?

- Can they develop skills of overlapping and overlaying?

- Can they demonstrate an awareness of texture and colour?

- Can they add collage to a painted or drawn background?

- Can they create an image using collage?



- Can they compare the work of different artists?

- Can they explore work from other periods of time/other cultures? 

- Can they record and explore ideas from first hand observations, experience and imagination?