Children at St. Anne’s love their Art and DT lessons! At our school, you can find: 

  • A love of art across the school with children expressing how much they enjoy their art lessons
  • Children from Y1-6 having a sketchbook that progresses through the school years with them, evidencing progression
  • Each year group covering clear objectives
  • Children learning about a different artist each year with links across their other subjects


Year 1 objectives:

  • What happens when we mix colours?
  • What are warm and cold colours?
  • What happens if we add more water?
  • What happens if we change the size of our brush?
  • Can I add simple annotations?
  • Artist study – Houses and Homes – Laura Ashley and William Morris inspired artwork
  • Accessing wallpaper, fabric and photocopies of patterns. Can I design patterns using colour


Year 1 vocabulary: 

Drawing: thick, thin, soft, broad, narrow, fine, pattern, line, shape, detail, mirror image, nature, made environment.

Painting: primary (colour), light, dark, thick, thin, tone, warm, cold, shade e.g. different shades of red, green, blue, yellow, bright.

Printing: print, rubbing, smudge, image, reverse, shapes, surface, pressure, decoration, cloth.

Collage & Textiles: fabric, colour, pattern, shape, texture, glue, stick, scissors, sew, needle, felt, hessian, scraps, wool, yarn, thread, fur, tweed, silk, satin, net, weave.

Sculpture: model, cut, stick, fold, bend, attach, assemble, statue, stone, shell, wood, metal.


In Year 1, our children are exploring primary colours and how these colours can mix together to make secondary colours. The children have been thinking about how to make darker and lighter shades and creating colour wheels and strips. 


Year 2 objectives: 

  • Freedom to explore a range of materials
  • What effect do pastels have? What effect does water paint have?
  • Can I make experimental marks?
  • What does tone mean? How can you use a pencil to achieve different tones?
  • How do we use shading? What is the effect?
  • What is shape? What is pattern?
  • Can I annotate and evaluate an artist’s work?
  • Artist study – Andy Goldsworthy


Year 2 vocabulary: 

Drawing: Thick, Thin, Soft, Broad, Narrow, Fine, Pattern, Line, Shape, Detail, Nature, Made environment, Comparison, Still life.

Painting: Secondary (colour), Light, Dark, Thick, Thin, Tone, Warm, Cold, Shade e.g. different shades of red, green, blue, yellow, Bright, Pointillism, Colour wash.

Printing: Print, Rubbing, Smudge, Image, Reverse, Shapes, Surface, Pressure, Decoration, Cloth, Repeat, Rotate, Mon-print, Two-tone print.

Collage & Textiles: Fabric, Colour, Pattern, Shape, Texture, Glue, Stick, Scissors, Sew, Needle, Felt, Hessian, Scraps, Wool, Yarn, Mixed media, Collage, Appliqué, Layers, Combine, Opinion, Thread, Fur, Tweed, Silk, Satin, Net, Weave.

Sculpture: Sculpture, Structure, Assemble, Construct, Model, Fold, Bend, Attach, Statue, Stone, Metal, Curve, Form, Clay, Impress, Texture.


In Y2, the children have started an artist study on Andy Goldsworthy, exploring his land art, colours, shapes and patterns. 

Year 3 objectives: 

  • Independently explore a range of media and plan their own artwork
  • Developing curiosity and creativity
  • Exploring finger paints and charcoal
  • Mark-making on different textures.
  • Which media works the best?
  • How do I use a straw to blow ink?
  • What is the effect of printing?
  • Testing different backgrounds and colours and making comparisons
  • Using staples, hole punchers and tying with various thread to document journeys in sketchbooks.
  • Adding meaningful annotations
  • Link to real career – artist study (examples: Da Vinci, Van Gogh, Barbara Hepworth sculptures


Year 3 vocabulary: 

Drawing: Frame, Cartoon, Comic strip, Map, Position, Boundary, Label, Line, Symbol, Practical, Impractical, Change, Improve.

Painting: Abstract, Natural, Bold, Delicate, Detailed, Colour descriptors e.g. scarlet, crimson, emerald, eau de nil, turquoise, Watery, Intense, Strong, Opaque, Translucent, Wash, Tint, Shade, Background, Foreground, Middle ground.

Printing: Imprint, Impression, Mould, Mono print, Background, Marbling, Surface, Absorb, Stencil, Pounce, Negative image, Positive image.

Collage & Textiles: Tie and dye, Natural, Synthetic, Vat, Bunching, Dip, Soak, Resist, Threading, Stitching, Embroidery, Cross stitch, Running stitch, Stem stitch, Shrunken, Wool tops, Carding, Tease, Matting.

Sculpture: Viewpoint, Detail, Decoration, Natural, Form, Two-dimensional, Three-dimensional, Tiles, Brick, Slate, Wood, Stone, Metal, Texture, Bronze, Iron.


In Y3, the children are focusing on printing and have been exploring marbling, merging colours by blowing paint and printing designs. 


Year 4 objectives:

Continuing to build on independent exploring

Mark-making and drawing in the style of a chosen artist

What are the effects of hatching, cross-hatching, stippling and shading?

Can I annotate impact in detail?

Design project linked to Topic (Stone Age) Clay pottery and researching how to make vessels

Making marks to add texture to clay pots? Considering colour

Study on Keith Brymer Jones and evaluation of pottery.

In Y4, the children are making pinch pots linked to their Stone Age unit. They have been adding marks and attaching string to carry it. 

Y5 objectives: 

Encouraging meaningful annotation

Completing an in-depth art study: Picasso, Emmin and Quinn

Conveying personal opinions on art work

Mixing different shades of colours, thinking about tint, tone and shade

Greek pottery unit on Grayson Perry, comparing to Brymer Jones from Y4 study 

Self-portrait unit of Roman emperors

In Y5, we have been making clay pots inspired by the Romans.