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Manor Community Primary


At Manor Community Primary School all children, including SEND and Disadvantaged, learn the following concepts through studying different aspects of art throughout the school


  • Taking inspiration
  • Exploring and developing ideas Compare and contrasting. Reversible and irreversible change
  • Innovative design
  • Cause and effect.

Key skills

  • Drawing – including pencil, chalk, charcoal
  • Painting – including watercolours, acrylic, oil paint
  • Using materials – including sculpture, using recycled materials, collage

British Values

By connecting our British Values through the teaching of Art, we explore issues that affect us all in our lives and this helps inform decisions that will shape our future. An example is the right to have a different opinion and the need to respect the views and opinions of others. Alongside the scheme of work the year children are given the opportunity to explore a range of mediums and to develop their artistic creativity in order to have some understanding and experience before the focused skills/technique learning.

Children discuss the work of artists, craftspeople, other sculptors, and designers by asking and answering questions for example:
What is it like and What do I think about it?

Key Stage 1

Year 1

The children develop their painting and collage skills by taking inspiration from a chosen artist, exploring the form to create a piece of work that they can then compare by exploring the different techniques used. This continues this connection through exploring painting and printing techniques to represent the colours and shapes within the local environment.
The children begin to develop their drawing skills using pencil and chalk these are familiar mediums and build on the children’s learning from the Early Years, relating to the children’s own identity and experiences. Different techniques are explored to alter the thickness of lines and the use of dots to show texture and patterns. The children will explore and develop ideas by creating tones in different ways. This is further explored by moving from 2d drawings to 3d representations of features within the local area through the use of a variety of materials.

Year 2

The children explore and develop their ideas through painting, by connecting children's understanding of primary and secondary colours learnt in Year 1 to create tints and tones through colour mixing. The children use these colours to explore the different cause and effects of different brush sizes and strokes, further developing their ideas.

The 3d representation continues by making models using different medium for example, plasticine. The children take inspiration from exploring a range of shape combinations to design their models.

The children transfer the drawing skills from Year 1 to the use of pencil and chalk. They use different resources to explore and develop their ideas to show a good understanding of line and to create effects by using a mixture of dots, lines, and shading. They explain the cause and effect of creating different tones in their drawings.

Key Stage 2

Year 3

They build on the drawing skills learned from Key Stage 1 with the introduction of sketchbooks to record and explore their ideas and feelings. These sketches are then used to develop their painting and printing skills. The children master different techniques including shading to show the effects of light and shadow. They continue to develop their understanding of colour mixing using chalk and pastels to incorporate hatching, cross hatching, blending, pattern and texture into their artwork.

Year 4

Children build on the connections made previously with colour mixing, light and shade, brush sizes along with tones and tints to create paintings with inspiration from their chosen artist.
The children connect their knowledge of using charcoal from Year 2 and further develop by exploring their techniques using their understanding of light and shade to create pencil and chalk drawings of rocks.

The 3d aspect is explored through the medium of junk modelling, where the children further develop their understanding of plasticine from Year 2 to create texture and detail in order to make an old or new style mobile phone. Sketch books are used to develop and evaluate their designs.

Year 5

Building on from Year 4, the children use their understanding of colour mixing to create their own palettes and experiment to create various effects and visual interest. Their drawing skills are further developed through learning how to depict perspective, shadows and reflection using their sketch books to create pieces of work that are linked to their Geography topic drawing mountains and volcanoes. The final focus is painting, taking inspiration from a chosen artist. They explore and develop ideas, experimenting with qualities of paint that create visual interest.

Year 6

With the focus on painting linked to biomes. The children explore and develop ideas using water colours, oils, and acrylics. Pupils apply all of their previously learnt skills and knowledge about painting, drawing and use of materials to independently select the most appropriate medium to represent their ideas, giving valued reasons for their choices and its impact on the audience. Opportunities are given for this throughout the year.