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Art & DT

Programme of Study

Knowledge, skills and Understanding


Expressive Arts and Design

Exploring and using media and materials

Safely use and explore a variety of materials, tools and techniques, experimenting with colour, design, texture, form and function.

Being imaginative

Children 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.


Physical Development

Moving and Handling

Handle equipment and tools effectively, including pencils for writing.

Exploring and using media and materials

  • Manipulates materials to achieve a planned effect.
  • Uses simple tools and techniques competently and appropriately.
  • Selects appropriate resources and adapts work where necessary.
  • Selects tools and techniques needed to shape, assemble and join materials they are using.
  • Explore what happens when they mix colours.
  • Understands that different media can be combined to create new effects.
  • Constructs with a purpose in mind, using a variety of resources.
  • Experiments to create different texture.
  • Can they describe what they can see and like in the work of another artist/craft maker/designer

Being imaginative

  • Create simple representations of events, people and objects.
  • Chooses particular colours to use for a purpose.

Moving and Handling

  • Use simple tools to effect changes to materials.
  • Handle tools, objects, construction and malleable materials safely and with increasing control


  • Drawing / painting of ourselves and family
  • Paper plate faces
  • Playdough family
  • Skeleton with art straws
  • Shape pictures
  • Vegetable printing
  • Box modelling using different media and materials -  fireworks
  • Create Poppies using different media.
  • Create a stickman with sticks
  • Chalk pictures – firework patterns
  • Christmas cards / calendars
  • Clay Diva lamps
  • Rangoli / Mendhi patterns
  • Seasonal pictures using pencil, chalks, crayon, paint


  • Seasonal pictures using pencil, chalks, crayon, paint
  • Chinese New Year – paper folding lanterns and dragons.
  • Mix cold colour backgrounds – pastels
  • Easter – cards / baskets
  • Painting / drawing spring flowers


  • Make moving dragon using split pins
  • Box modelling / using different medial and materials - The 3 Little Pigs houses.
  • Use construction to make a bridge
  • Design a Gingerbread man
  • Camouflage pictures using paint / collage materials
  • Sun catchers
  • Box model jungle animals