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Key Stage One (KS1)

In Key Stage One children experience Art and Design through the teaching of Topic and through cross curricular links with other subjects such as English, Science, Geography, History and Design and Technology.


Children in Key Stage One are encouraged to reflect on their prior learning in order to build a working knowledge of great artists, craft makers and designers, as well as develop necessary language associated with art, craft and design.


Children become proficient in drawing, painting, sculpture and other art, craft and design experiences through examining the work of a specific artist, craft maker or designer. They explore the associated skills and techniques unique to this artist, craft maker or designer in order to then produce their own work of art, craft or design.


In Key Stage One, children are provided with their own Sketchbook in which to explore their ideas and record their experiences of Art, Craft and Design. The Sketchbooks evidence children’s developing knowledge of great artists, craft makers and designers as well as demonstrating the progression of skills.


By the end of Key Stage One, the Art and Design curriculum specifies children should;

  • Use a range of materials creatively to design and make products.
  • Use drawing, painting and sculpture to develop and share their ideas, experiences and imagination
  • Develop a wide range of art and design techniques in using colour, pattern, texture, line, shape, form and space
  • Be taught 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.