Subject leader

Miss Lycett is responsible for Art. This means ensuring there is an ambitious curriculum set, supporting teachers to implement it through high-quality lessons and checking that everything is helping children to know more, remember more and do more.

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Purpose of Study

Art, craft and design embody some of the highest forms of human creativity. A high-quality art and design education should engage, inspire and challenge pupils, equipping them with the knowledge and skills to experiment, invent and create their own works of art, craft and design. As pupils progress, they should be able to think critically and develop a more rigorous understanding of art and design. They should also know how art and design both reflect and shape our history, and contribute to the culture, creativity and wealth of our nation.


The National Curriculum - Art key stages 1 to 2

    • Produce creative work, exploring their ideas and recording their experiences

    • Become proficient in drawing, painting, sculpture and other art, craft and design techniques

    • Evaluate and analyse creative works using the language of art, craft and design

    • Know about great artists, craft makers and designers, and understand the historical and cultural development of their art forms.

Oakfield's Approach


We are setting out to help our pupils be ...

  • Reflective - Pupils should compare and contrast artwork and evaluate their own and others work.

  • Creative - Pupils should create artwork to express their ideas and use materials creatively in different ways.

  • Generating ideas - Pupils should generate their own ideas, refine and develop these with different processes.


We will do this by ensuring ...

  • Children are taught to be reflective, take feedback and how to act on this.

  • Content is taught progressively through 13 ‘threshold concepts’ these are the ‘big ideas’ we want all children to know.

  • A range of materials are used to help children become familiar with different resources and their uses.


We will have made a difference when ...

  • All pupils are reflective, they know how to evaluate their learning and improve.

  • All pupils have their own ideas, they can be creative and create individual work with a variety of materials.

  • All pupils are taught a varied curriculum, therefore demonstrating a clear understanding of the ‘threshold concepts’.

Threshold Concepts

These are our big takeaways called ‘threshold concepts’ - an overview of what we want pupils to know. They are the same for every year group and help us to ensure we build learning on the same ideas, that way we help children to be able to remember more meaningful connections rather than remembering isolated facts.

  1. Artists can use their skills to show art in different ways.

  2. Artists use materials together or alone to create pieces of art.

  3. Ideas can be practised and developed before creating a final piece.

  4. Art can be analysed and evaluated to improve.

  5. Some materials are malleable and can be manipulated to create products.

  6. Different materials can create different textures.

  7. Some colours can be made and changed my mixing.

  8. Different types of pen and pencil can create different lines.

  9. Prints are transferable and can be made with different materials.

  10. Art can be made using natural materials and is not permanent.

  11. Art can be inspired by drawing or painting what you can see in the landscape.

  12. Art can be compared by the similarities and differences of different elements.

  13. Art has been created by significant people and has significant time influences.

Progression on a Page ...

Here is an overview of what we expect children to be taught, know and do by the end of each year group.

Year R

  • Children will safely use and explore a variety of materials, tools and techniques, experimenting with colour, design, texture, form and function.

  • Share their creations, explaining the process they have used.

Year 1

  • Children will be begin to design and make art to express ideas and communicate their ideas before making.

  • They will learn to make simple prints, manipulate malleable materials and use textural materials.

  • They will use pencils to create different lines and identify and use primary colours in their art. They will begin to draw from observation.

  • Finally, children will explore significant artists and begin to evaluate art with likes and dislikes.

Year 2

  • Children will now begin to select the best materials to develop their ideas and create initial sketches.

  • They will learn to press objects into malleable materials, create a range of textures, and develop block prints.

  • Children will use pencils to create different patterns and lines and be able to identify and mix secondary colours.

  • Children will continue to draw from observation with more attention to detail.

  • Finally they will analyse significant artwork using artistic vocabulary.

Year 3

  • Children will use and combine a range of visual elements in artwork.

  • They will use sketches to communicate an idea or experiment with a technique.

  • Children will learn to create 3D form, weave different materials and make two colour prints.

  • Children will add tone to a drawing with pencil. They will identify, mix and use contrasting colours.

  • Finally, children will suggest ways to improve artwork and compare artists, architects and designers, identifying significant characteristics.

Year 4

  • Children will develop techniques through experimentation to create art.

  • Children will create a detailed 3-D form, use pen, ink and charcoal to create a range of effects, and combine printmaking techniques to create a print on a theme.

  • They will develop ideas with a series of sketches for mastery of a technique.

  • Children will give constructive feedback about ways to improve a piece of artwork.

  • They will identify, mix and use warm and cool colours.

  • Finally they will compare and contrast artwork from different times and cultures, explaining the significance of art, architecture or design from history.

Year 5

  • Children will produce creative work on a theme, developing ideas through a range of sketches, reviewing and revisiting sketches to improve ideas.

  • They will learn to create 3D form using a range of tools, techniques and materials.

  • They will mix and use tints and shades of colours, use pen and ink to add perspective, light and shade to a composition, and add text to a print.

  • Finally children will compare and comment on the ideas, methods and approaches in their own and others’ work and describe how different artists and cultures have used a range of visual elements in their work.

Year 6

  • Children will create art that has personal, historic or conceptual meaning by gathering, recording and developing ideas from a range of sources to create a mood board to inform their thinking.

  • Children will learn to create 3-D form in the style of a significant artist, use colour palettes and an artistic movement in artwork

  • They will use line and tone to draw perspective.

  • Finally, children will adapt and refine artwork in light of constructive feedback and compare and contrast artists’ use of perspective, abstraction, figurative and conceptual art.

Detailed Progression in Art

1e - Threshold Concepts.pdf