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Art in KS1


At the heart of the KS1 Art Curriculum is expression. Well-taught art lessons in KS1 will help children become more confident sharing their unique ideas. They'll become more resilient as they experiment. KS1 children will have fun learning about artists through history. Art is beneficial for social and cultural reasons, too - art helps us to understand ourselves, others, and the world around us.

There are 2 key learning objectives that are the foundational pillars of the KS1 Art Curriculum. Keeping these at the core of KS1 Art teaching will ensure children learn to express themselves in meaningful, creative ways.

    1. KS1 children should learn to safely use and explore a variety of media and materials, tools and techniques, experimenting with colour, design, texture, form and function.
    2. KS1 children should be able to use their imaginations. Children should be able to use what they have learnt about media and materials in original ways, thinking about uses and purposes. They represent their own ideas, thoughts and feelings through design and technology, art, music, dance, role play and stories

In Year 1 and Year 2 Art Lessons, pupils should be taught:

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

Here at Northern, we have created a unique scheme of work to link with our topics. In each of these topics the children look at a range of different artists. In every one there is some element of drawing, painting and then another skill such as modelling.