Milton Park Primary School

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Progression of Skills

Art and Design Progression: Making

ELAN Art and design progression: Generating Ideas, Making, Evaluating, Knowledge & Understanding.  


Year 1

Year 2

Year 3

Year 4

Year 5

Year 6

Generating ideas

Introduce sketchbook.

Regularly draw/cut/stick in sketchbook.

Look at artwork.

Respond to visits, seeing, holding & hearing. Hands on.


What can you see?

What do you like?


How does it make you feel?

What would you ask the artist?

Year 1 plus…

Develop sketchbook use – draw to discover, what you have seen, to experiment, collecting, sticking, writing notes.

Look at artwork inc. different sources: on screen, books, online, galleries museums.

Respond to found & manmade objects.

Explore what different materials can do.


Year 1 plus…

Describe what you see.

KS1 plus…

In sketchbook also exploring colour, paint, testing ideas, looking back & forwards.

Discuss artist’s intention and reflect upon response.

Look at other artforms: literature, drama, music, film.


KS1 plus…

Dislikes? Why?

What is the artist saying?

How does it inspire you in your own art?

Previous plus…

In sketchbook also test ideas, reflect & make links.

Discuss how other artforms relate to your visual art form.

Look at variety of sources of material & understand the differences.


Previous plus…

Which other senses can you bring to this artwork?

If you could take it home, where would you put it & why?

Previous plus…

Use sketchbook to raise questions to be explored / answered outside the sketchbook so that the journey becomes understood & make links.


Previous plus…

Who or what else might you look at to help feed your creativity?


Take part in small scale crits as part of the creative process.

Previous plus…

Increase use of the sketchbook as own exploratory & journey space.

Show journey of investigate, research & test in sketchbooks.

Work should show curiosity, imagination & originality.


See following making grid for skills in each art , design & craft area


Listen to other people’s views about artwork.

Express and share opinions.

What did you enjoy? What do you like about end result?

Year 1 plus…

Share in small groups & listen to what others think about what you have made.

Take photos of work to capture progression.

Discuss how best to present work.

KS1 plus…

Think about why the work was made as well as how.

Make suggestions about other people’s work.

Discuss problems which came up and how they were solved. What might you try next time?

Previous plus…

Look to the work of others (pupils & artists) to identify how to feed their own work.

Use photographs and videos as a way to re-see work.

Previous plus…

Ask questions about process, technique, idea or outcomes.

Present work in retrospect, i.e. to class, assembly or parents.

Share how other artists inspired you & how your work fits in larger context.

Previous plus…

Provide a reasoned evaluation of both their own work & professionals which take into account starting points, intentions & contexts.

Regularly analyse & reflect upon progress against intentions.

Knowledge & Understanding

Recognise & describe simple characteristics of different kinds of art, craft & design.

Names of tools, techniques & formal elements.

What materials and techniques can offer.

Year 1 plus…

That different forms of works are made by artists, craftspeople & designers from all cultures & times for different purposes.

Evaluate using appropriate vocab.

KS1 plus…

Know & describe work of some artists, craftspeople, architects, designers inc. contemporary, female & various ethnicities.

Safe use of tools & techniques.

Previous plus…

Use appropriate vocabulary for tools, techniques, formal elements, artforms, genres, processes to share their journey and outcomes with others.

Previous plus…

Carry out own research & discuss ideas & approaches of range of artists.

Describe processes used & how they hope to achieve high quality outcomes.

Previous plus…

Be happy to describe & interpret own and other’s work for different purposes.



KS1 Art & Design

The National Curriculum for Art & Design in Years 1 and 2.

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.



KS2 Art & Design

The National Curriculum for Art & Design in Years 3 to 6.

Pupils should be taught:


to create sketch books to record their observations and use them to review and revisit ideas



to improve their mastery of art and design techniques, including drawing, painting and sculpture with a range of materials



about great artists, architects and designers in history.