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Year 6

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.


By the time they reach year six, each and every child will have been exposed to drawing, painting, printing, collage, textiles and sculpture using different materials

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



- Using a wide range of media: Do their sketches communicate emotions and a sense of self with accuracy and imagination?

- Can they organise line, tone, shape and colour to represent figures and forms in movement?

- Can they explain why they have chosen specific materials to draw with?

- Can they draw for sustained periods of time, evaluate their progress and act on next steps?



- Can they use a wide range of techniques in their work?

- Can they explain why they have chosen specific painting techniques?

- Can they evaluate their own work and the work of others?


PRINTING (Year 5/6 criteria) 

- Can they print using a number of colours?

- Can they create an accurate print design that meets a given criteria?

- Can they design and make a printing block? (Polystyrene)

- Do they make decisions about the effectiveness of their printing methods?


3D/ TEXTILES (Year 5/6 criteria) 

- Can they use a range of information to inform their design?

- Can they follow and refine their plan if necessary?

- Can they effectively stitch material?

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



- Can they use tools and materials precisely?

- Can they use ceramic mosaic to produce a piece of visual art?

- Can they combine visual and tactile qualities to express mood and emotion?

- Can they use collage as a means of collecting ideas and information and building up a visual vocabulary?



In Year 6 we study the art of William Morris.

- Do they learn about the work of others by looking at their work in books, the internet, visits to galleries and other sources of information? 

- Can they justify the techniques and materials used?

- Question and make thoughtful observations about starting points, recording and annotating.

- Can they think critically about their own and others’ art and design work?

- Can they revisit and review ideas?