Upper Key Stage 2

Under each skill area heading we've listed the skills we'll be teaching to your children in upper Key Stage 2.

Exploring and developing ideas

  • Develop and extend ideas based on discussion and thoughtful observation, carefully considering process and purpose
  • Make informed choices in paper or media, based on preliminary work
  • Adapt and refine ideas as they progress
  • Confidently use a sketchbook

Evaluating and developing learning

  • Make informed judgements and express opinions about works of art, articulately justifying ideas
  • With confidence, form and share opinions on the ideas, methods and outcomes of both their own and others’ work, justifying points of view
  • Identify and describe ways in which art works might be developed further, making informed adaptations
  • Include annotations and ongoing personal evaluations of art works within the sketchbook

Great artists, architects and designers in history

  • Compare works of art/architecture, artists or style within a given context, showing a fluent grasp of visual language
  • Articulately express thoughts and feelings about a piece of art, justifying points of view
  • With skill, replicate techniques and styles used by artists/architects/ designers studied – referencing these in annotations
  • Create original art works inspired by a range of artists/architects/designers

Drawing

Year 5

  • Experiment with line, tone, pattern, shape and texture, using a variety of drawing tools
  • Use shading techniques to begin to suggest 3-dimensional tone and form
  • Begin to explore effects of light and texture using a variety of taught drawing techniques
  • Begin to understand and recognise the concept and use of perspective in art works
  • Show an increasing understanding of composition, scale and proportion when drawing
  • Draw for a sustained period of time, producing increasingly accurate art works
  • With support, annotate and develop preliminary sketches in preparation for final piece of work

Year 6

  • Experiment with different grades of pencils and other tools to achieve variation in tone
  • Explore relationships between line, tone, pattern, shape and texture
  • Begin to identify and draw the effect of light using a variety of shading techniques
  • Use techniques such as hatching and cross hatching to suggest texture and tone with increasing accuracy and skill
  • Begin to consider proportion, scale and composition when drawing
  • Begin to draw for a sustained period of time at an appropriate level, including from observation and the figure
  • Create initial/preparatory sketches in preparation for final piece of work

Focus artists: Picasso, Kahlo, Van Gogh, Botticelli, Foster, Morandi, Cezanne, Caravaggio, Vermeer

Painting

Year 5

  • Manipulate and experiment with line, tone, pattern, shape and texture with skill, choosing drawing tools appropriately
  • Use shading techniques with skill to suggest 3-dimensional tone and form
  • Use knowledge of drawing techniques to show effects of light from different directions, and textures of surfaces
  • Begin to understand the concept of perspective and attempt to use
  • Demonstrate secure understanding of composition, scale and proportion when drawing
  • Draw for a sustained period of time, working on one piece over a number of sessions
  • Create, utilise and annotate preliminary sketches in preparation for final outcome

Year 6

  • Work in a sustained and independent way to develop own style of painting
  • Use preliminary exploration to make informed choices for final art works
  • Use knowledge of paint and its properties to inform decision making for final art works/outcomes
  • Use awareness of composition when planning and completing paintings
  • Use accurate vocabulary when discussing painting, annotating and evaluating art works

Focus artists: Aboriginal artists, Van Gogh, Picasso, Monet, Degas, Renoir, Turner, Spencer, Picasso, Uccello

Printing

Year 5

  • Show increasing independence and creativity during the printing process
  • Print using a variety of materials, objects (natural and made) and techniques with increasing accuracy and skill
  • With some support, make informed decisions as to which printing technique/method and media to use when working towards an outcome
  • Continue to explore multi-colour printing and begin overlaying colours in prints
  • Begin to organise work in terms of pattern, repetition or symmetry

Year 6

Year 6

  • Work in a sustained and independent way to develop own style of printing
  • Make informed decisions as to which printing method and media to use when working towards an outcome
  • Build up layers of colours and textures during the printing process, adapting and modifying original designs
  • Make precise repeating patterns, including fine levels of detail

Focus artists: Kandinsky, Mondrian, Delaunay, Pollock, af Klint, various Islamic tile prints, Matisse, Pugin, Voysey, Morris

Collage

Year 5

  • With support, make informed decisions as to which materials, media, colours and textures to use when creating a collage
  • Overlap and layer materials with skill, exploring tessellation and montage
  • Begin to combine visual and tactile qualities (colour and texture) of different collage materials
  • Begin to select and arrange materials for a particular effect with increasing accuracy and skill

Year 6

  • Make informed decisions as to which materials, media, colours and textures to use when creating a collage, based around a planned for theme or idea
  • Explore and utilise a range of taught collage techniques, overlapping, tessellating and layering materials with skill
  • Combine visual and tactile qualities of different collage materials with purpose, perhaps relating to expression of feeling or mood
  • Select and arrange materials for a particular effect with purpose, accuracy and skill
  • Work collaboratively on a larger scale with skill

Focus artists: Matisse, Klimt, Ehlert, Picasso, Hockney

Textiles

Year 5

  • Show a developed awareness of different fabrics and textiles, including the potential uses of given materials
  • With increasing confidence, thread different grades of needles using a variety of threads
  • Use a number of different taught stitches to produce different patterns, designs and textures
  • Cut and shape fabric, with increasing accuracy and independence
  • With support, begin to experiment with applique and embroidery techniques
  • Experiment using batik techniques to decorate different fabrics and textiles using more than one colour

Year 6

  • Show a developed awareness of different fabrics and textiles, making decisions as to their use in a given project
  • With confidence, thread different grades of needles using a variety of threads
  • Creatively use a number of different taught stitches to produce different patterns, designs and textures, following a plan or design
  • Cut and shape fabric, following more complex patterns or designs
  • Gather, pad and quilt fabric and textiles
  • Design, plan and decorate a final art work/outcome, demonstrating experience in combining taught techniques
  • Experiment with applique and embroidery techniques, working directly onto fabric
  • Work collaboratively on a large scale

Focus artists: Matisse

N.B. Textiles appears only once as a unit of learning in art at Thomas Jones, as it is predominately taught within the remit of Design Technology. Each year group will be taught one textiles unit per year, as part of Design Technology.

Sculpture

Year 5

  • Show increasing independence and creativity during the modelling process
  • Model and develop work in clay through a combination of pinch, slab and coil techniques, creating unique and recognisable forms and following a plan or design
  • Demonstrate some experience in finishing works with skill e.g. surface pattern, paint or glaze
  • Join two parts successfully when working with clay, making informed choices as to which techniques to use and why
  • Begin to utilise preliminary drawings / models in preparation for final outcome
  • Work in a safe and systematic way, handling tools appropriately and caring for equipment
  • Draw inspiration from sculptural or natural forms in the environment e.g. furniture, buildings, living things

Year 6

  • Work in a sustained and independent way to develop own style of modelling
  • Demonstrate secure knowledge of pinch, slab and coil techniques, creating unique and recognisable forms in clay, and following a detailed plan or design with care
  • Use a variety of tools and materials to demonstrate experience in finishing works with skill
  • Create, utilise and annotate preliminary drawings and models in preparation for final piece of work in clay or other modelling material
  • Work in a safe and systematic way, utilising and handling tools and equipment appropriately and accurately

 Focus artists: Goldsworthy, Moore, Christo, Hepworth