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Langar Church of England Primary School


Breadth of Study


Generic skills

Select and record from first hand observation, experience and imagination, and explore ideas for different purposes. 

Question and make thoughtful observations about starting points and select ideas to use in their work.  Explore the roles and purposes of artists, craftspeople and designers working in different times and cultures.

Compare ideas, methods and approaches in their own and others’ work and say what they think and feel about them. 

Adapt their work according to their views and describe how they might develop it further.  Annotate work in sketchbook



Work from a variety of sources including observation, photographs and digital images. 

Work in a sustained and independent way to create a detailed drawing. 

Develop close observation skills using a variety of view finders.  Use a sketchbook to collect and develop ideas. 

Identify artists who have worked in a similar way to their own work. 

Use dry media to make different marks, lines, patterns and shapes within a drawing. 

Experiment with wet media to make different marks, lines, patterns, textures and shapes. 

Explore colour mixing and blending techniques with coloured pencils. 

Use different techniques for different purposes i.e. shading, hatching within their own work. 

Start to develop their own style using tonal contrast and mixed media. 

Begin to use simple perspective in their work using a single focal point and horizon. 

Begin to develop an awareness of composition, scale and proportion in their paintings e.g. foreground, middle ground and background. 

Show an awareness of how paintings are created ie. Composition


Develop a painting from a drawing

Carry out preliminary studies, trying out different media and materials and mixing appropriate colours Create imaginative work from a variety of sources e.g. observational drawing, themes, poetry, music

Mix and match colours to create atmosphere and light effects 

Be able to identify primary secondary, complementary and contrasting colours 

Work with complementary colours


Create printing blocks by simplifying an initial sketch book idea 

Use relief or impressed method 

Create prints with three overlays 

Work into prints with a range of media e.g. pens, colour pens and paints


Use fabrics to create 3D structures 

Use different grades of threads and needles 

Experiment with batik techniques 

Experiment with a range of media to overlap and layer creating interesting colours and textures and effects

3D and Sculpture

Shape, form, model and construct from observation or imagination 

Use recycled, natural and manmade materials to create sculptures 

Plan a sculpture through drawing and other preparatory work 

Develop skills in using clay inc. slabs, coils, slips, etc 

Produce intricate patterns and textures in a malleable media


Add collage to a painted, printed or drawn background 

Use a range of media to create collages 

Use different techniques, colours and textures etc when designing and making pieces of work 

Use collage as a means of extending work from initial ideas

Digital Media

Record, collect and store visual information using digital cameras, video recorders  Present recorded visual images using software e.g. Photostory, PowerPoint 

Use a graphics package to create and manipulate new images 

Be able to import an image (scanned, retrieved, taken) into a graphics package 

Understand that a digital image is created by layering 

Create layered images from original ideas (sketch books etc.)