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Year 4

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 4 we focus on 6 key areas of skill and knowledge in art and design: 



- Using a wide range of media: Can they begin to show facial expressions and body language in their sketches?

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

- Can they use their sketches to produce a final piece of work?

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

- Can they draw, from observation, adding details?



- Can they confidently mix and match colours to create atmosphere and light affects?

- Can they create mood in their paintings?

- Can they use a range of brushes to create different effects?

- Can they intentionally change the tone of a colour by mixing?


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 experiment with a range of collage techniques such as tearing, overlapping and layering to create images and represent textures?

- Can they use collage as a means of collecting ideas?



- Can they experiment with different styles which artists have used?

- Are they beginning to understand the viewpoints of others by looking at images of people and understand how they are feeling and what the artist is trying to express in their work?

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