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Art and Design – Year 1


Download our Year 1 Art and Design curriculum here.

Developing, planning and communicating ideas

Working with tools, equipment, materials and components to make quality products

Evaluating processes and products

  • I can draw a simple observational drawing.
  • I can draw a picture of the correct size & proportion for the size of the paper.
  • I can hold and use an appropriate sized paint brush.
  • I can do simple printing.
  • I can explain which tools I have used.
  • I am beginning to use a sketch book.
  • I can describe how something works.
  • I can talk about my work and things.
  • I can talk about what other people have done.


Breadth of study

Drawing & painting

Printing & sketch books

3D/Collage & textiles


  • I can use a pencil and crayons to draw.
  • I can draw lines of different shapes and thickness.
  • I can use 2 different grades of pencil.


  • I can choose the appropriate thickness of a brush.
  • I can paint a picture of something seen.
  • I can use primary and secondary colours.

  • I can use sponges, vegetables and fruit to print.
  • I can print onto paper and textile.
  • Create a repeating pattern.

Sketch books

  • I can use a sketch book to record simple ideas and drawings.

  • I can add texture by using tools.
  • I can make different kinds of shapes.
  • I can cut, roll and coil materials such as clay, dough or plasticine.


  • I can cut and tear paper and card for their collages.


  • I can sort and group threads and fabrics by colour and texture.
  • I can weave with fabric and thread.

Use of ICT


  • I can use a simple painting program to create a picture.
  • I can use tools like fill and brushes in a painting package.
  • I can go back and change my picture.
  • I can describe what I see and like in the work of another artist/craft maker/designer.
  • I am beginning to ask sensible questions about a piece of art.


Possible topic lead research titles

Artists to study

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